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Saturday, July 6, 2002

Like I said before, this is just a little ditty I wrote just a bit ago. If you have any comments about it, leave them in the guestbook. If you have specific questions however, please email me instead. Enjoy and do tell me how you like it!

Every night I lay here, dreaming of you
And my world suddenly is complete
And for just a bit of time, I can slip away
And dance across the sky with my love

Every night I lay here, it's hard to feel lonely
'Cause the thought of you fills my heart
And even though it aches 'cause you're so far away
You never seem to be all that far

Every night I lay here thinking of you
Wishing I could just hear your voice
Or maybe even look into your eyes
And ask you what tomorrow will bring

Every night I lay here, I can't help but smile
Knowing life's treating you well
Memories of you rush through my mind
And I can't help but wish you were here

Every night I lay here praying for you
That your love would grow day by day
That God would shower His love down on you
And that you'd learn to live in His grace

Every night I lay here, my heart overflows
As my love for you spills through my pen
And maybe someday I'll see you again
But this I'll leave with you 'til then...

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

On Sunday, someone who occasionally goes by the name of Jamie asked me how I would define success for myself as a musician. She knows that music is something that I would like to do full-time one day, so she thinks she has to push me to think about things such as this (unbeknownst to her, I already do! This is me we're talking about!). I told her I would get back to her about it and I decided that I might as well share my thoughts with everyone (or at least Jamie, Drew, and Anna!)!
As I was first thinking about this, I had lots of various ideas, which quickly evaporated. I was then down to 3. But then I started to really think about and I realized that there's only really one. So here goes. To be a successful as a musician and a songwriter, people would have to feel me and know me after they listened to me. My basic goal as a singer/songwriter is to capture myself in a song and then present it in a way that people not only understand but also feel. So, since this is what I'm striving for, I would be successful when I attain it. But this brought up an interesting point. If I currently have multiple songs I've written that capture me and that make people feel like they know me or that they are me when they listen to them, am I successful? I would say yes. If I've done it, even now, then I'm successful. Of course, that doesn't mean I can't keep striving for it. (Just for the record, I feel like I've written maybe one song that would fit the above description). 2 people that I would consider successful by my definition would be Derek Webb (no surprise there, but can anyone disagree?!?!?) and Justin Rosolino. I can't really point out a specific song for Justin, but when I listen to him, I feel like I'm right there, experiencing everything with him. I feel like I know who he truly is. For Derek, "Table for Two" is the most perfectest example that I can think of. He presents himself in such a way that you feel like you're there with him. And that's what I'm striving for in music. I'm not sure I'll ever really reach a point where I can say "I'm successful". But other people will, hopefully be able to tell me that I'm successful. So Jamie - there you go! =)