songwriter sessions

sharing a passion for writing songs

Playing for a crowd of one.

I've been writing songs all my life. Some have been recorded or published. A lot have found their way to a stage here and there. But most of the time, I find myself writing for God, for the three big green overstuffed couches in my living room and myself.

Don't get me wrong. My journey with God can be traced in the words of my music. It's one of the most valuable things in my life to share my heart with Him as I write. But I'm often motivated to write songs out of the conversations I have with a stranger or a friend. When the relational element is removed, songwriting turns into a self absorbed, pointless exercise in rhyme and meter, at least for me.

I've actually tried to give up writing this past year. But like Twain said about smoking, I find giving up songwriting easy to do only because I've done it a thousand times. A day, or a week or even months later, I catch myself with an idea I've got stuck like a splinter in my brain and can't shake it until I've worked it into a song.

I'm finding time to love God more deeply these days. I don't even mind having him as the only one in the audience near as much. But I'm meeting a lot of interesting people here in Denver. And their stories bring me a lot. May God give me the creative discipline to share the journey in my songs beyond the walls of my living room.

Co-writing with David

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I was reading about some of the dark chapters in David's life. Greed, immorality, deception, even murder. With such a dark backdrop as this, Psalm 51 shines like a diamond of hope for folks like me. I've put it to music and you can watch me stumble through it on the video included. I started these words years ago, but today the pieces of words, melodies and chords just fell in place.
Be gracious to me by your loving kindness
And by your great compassion blot my sin
Wash me through and through from my iniquity
For only by your grace am I forgiv'n
Against you, you only have I sinned and done what's evil
You're justified and blameless when you judge me
Lord, I was born and raised in sin
But you desire to see the truth within me
Search me O God and know my heart
Try me O Lord and know my thoughts
And see if there be
Any wicked way in me
And lead me in the way of everlasting
O God, search me
©2006 N.D.Robinson
"Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for. Through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil." Pr. 16:6. Thanks be to God for his gift of love and faithfulness in Jesus' life, death and resurrection.


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