OH How He Loves!!!

Indeed.

Yesterday, I had my first experience leading worship.  It was a women’s retreat in Dobson, NC and it was the first time I played more songs by other people than original songs that I’ve written.  And I didn’t hate it at all!!!  I had always said I didn’t want to do that but I really enjoyed it.  In fact, some of the songs I did spoke to me more than anything I’ve ever sang before!  But anyway.  It was truly an amazing day!!!  The women there were wonderful.  Truly wonderful.  A chorus teacher I worked with in high school was there, one of my favorite ladies I never knew was there, my babysitter’s sister and niece were there, and the speaker was outstanding!  As far as the music was concerned, I wrote a couple of songs especially for the event, but I also did “10,000 Reasons”, “Oh How He Loves”, “Heaven Song”, and some others.  But “Oh How He Loves”.  I didn’t have access to an orchestra or a piano or an electric guitar or even percussion.  It was just me and my Taylor.  And it was a truly amazing experience.  I can really lose myself in that song when I’m singing it.  It was such a tremendous reminder of God’s love, His presence, and His purpose.  And now I am SO looking forward to doing more events like this in the future!

Lights, Cameras, ACTION!!!

So it’s official.  I just finished my second weirdest song of all times.  Not that the song itself is weird, but that the inspiration for the song is weird.  You see…I’ve written about some pretty interesting things.  Groundhogs, shoes, losing my retainer, mean girls, school mascots, and other songs.  But of all of my inspirations EVER the two most off the wall both belong to motion pictures.  So let’s give out some awards…

The #1 “Most Off The Wall Inspiration for a Maggie Lowe Original Song” goes to…

10893339_detThat’s right folks!!!  Nobody has seen this movie and yet everybody hates it.  I however (and my bestest friend) cannot get enough of this film.  Sandra Bullock is amazing in my favorite roll of her career and I literally had to run out and get myself some red boots after this movie.  But I did write a song about it!  It’s about Red Boots. It’s different.  But it’s actually got a good message and I really love the melody!

Don’t go changing, just to try and please him,
Cause he don’t even know who he is,
Just find somebody, as normal as you,
Who can give you wings and give you roots,
And likes your red boots!

That being said…the #2″Most Off The Wall Inspiration for a Maggie Lowe Original Song” goes to:

North To Alaska - 1958“North to Alaska”.  The 1960 film starring John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, teen heart-throb Fabian, and in her first film roll, French model Capucine.  I just finished this song moments ago.  But it’s not a song about going North to Alaska (That’s already been done.)  My song is about my favorite line of the movie.  One of the swedish lumberjacks has just made a very aggressive on Angel.  (For those of you who have never seen this movie…first of all, quit living in a box…second of all, Angel is a “Lady of Questionable Repute”.)  Anyway, she is trying to be on the up and up for The Duke’s character (Sam McCord).  So the swedish lumberjack makes an aggressive movie on the fair Angel.  She tries to fight back but isn’t doing to well.  So Sam shows back up…and punches the lumberjack unconscious then sits down to eat his pie with Angel.  She starts asking why he did that and, exasperated, Sam says, “Haven’t you ever had two fellas fight over you before?”  Then Angel, with this very innocent smile on her face replies, “Over me, yes.  But…never for me.”  I love this line.  I love it, I love it, I love IT, I LOVE it!!!  And I got to thinking about that line recently and today it just dawned on me finally, that while that is true of Sam McCord and other manly men who protect their women.  It is so much more true about our heavenly Father and Protector!  Exodus 14:14 says: “The Lord is fighting for you!  So be still!”  (GWT)  It’s so true.  And it’s so wonderful!!!

I’ve never had anyone fight for me,
Risk it all and count nothing as loss,
I’ve never had anyone fight for me,
Let alone give their only son on a cross,
Oh Lord my God you had me at forgiveness and mercy,
I’ve never had anyone fight for me.

Thanks for joining us for this episode of WEIRD INSPIRATION.  We’ll see you next time!

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A Story About “A Song About A Stranger”

So last Thursday was Valentine’s Day.  I hope each and everyone of you had a beautiful one!!!  I certainly did!  I went to Asheville with my mom and my aunt.  We ate at Mellow Mushroom, I got a new pair of Toms, and then we went to Billy Graham’s Training Center at The Cove.  If you have never been to The Cove…what are you still doing here?  It’s an amazing place in the North Carolina mountains and I’m pretty sure it has to be one of God’s favorite places based on the amount of beauty He poured into one spot.  We had a charming dinner and then Brandon Heath did an acoustic concert and it was truly outstanding and amazing!  But that’s not the important part.  This is the important part: my mom is a tatter.  Now, for those of you who are thinking I just said my mom does tattoos…no, no.  No.  Tatting is a form of old timey lace making and it is very delicate and beautiful.  The nice thing for mom, is that it’s very VERY small.  She takes it everywhere.  No…but literally.  Doctor’s offices, hospital rooms, weddings, funerals, grocery stores, etc., etc.  So we’re standing in line at dinner and mom is tatting away on some turkey heads.  She makes the bodies later.  But I digress.  We’re chatting and tatting away when suddenly, the lady in line in front of us turns around and says, “What exactly are you doing.”  Now, I could recount our entire conversation together.  But that would be a waste of EVERYONE’S time.  Here’s the important thing.  We talked all the way through the food line, sat with them at dinner, and we had the most amazingly enjoyable time together!!!  So was such a fun lady and she and her husband had the most amazing story!  You’ll hear more about that later.  Because I wrote a song about it.  I’ll be posting it up here on our site today or tomorrow.  It’s a fun beat and I play it on the ukulele so it’s officially one of my favorites!  I’ll be sure and let you know when it’s been posted up so you can check it out and find out more about the experience.

Happy Sunday!

“Blue Mountain” Comes Alive

brandonheath_bluemountain_cover-loCan I please tell you how excited I am right now…I didn’t sleep like…AT ALL last night which is a terrible thing to do the night before an awesome concert you’re super stoked about!!!  But anyway.  I’ve been a B-Heath fan from the very beginning but this latest album is truly amazing!  I’m serious.  No but really.  If you haven’t gotten yourself a copy yet GO DO IT NOW!!!  But anyway, my Valentines this year is going with my mom and (one of) (my favorite) aunt to The Cove in BEAUTIFUL Asheville, NC to see this man preform.  Can you tell I’m excited?  WELL I AM!!!

 

Big Gig

Next Saturday, Feb. 23rd, I’m doing my first “Big Gig” as a “worship leader”.  I’ve never done a show before where I did less original music than I did other people’s music.  I’m really nervous but exceptionally excited about it!  I’ve written two songs specifically for the event and then a third song that I wrote was really put on my heart when I first found out about it.  It’s all about being comfortable or…content with who God made you to be and where He put you.  As soon as I found out about the possibility I could be doing this, this particular song was laid on my heart and I couldn’t WAIT to find out why!  When we really talked about the retreat…it turns out that the theme is: contentment.

My God works in WONDERFULLY mysterious ways!

Scriptureations #1

One of my favorite places to find inspiration for a song is in scripture.  Or as you might call them: scriptureations.  My most recent song is called “Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)”.  As you might guess it is based on 1 Thess. 4:13 which reads: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”  Now this verse is nice but it gets its full meaning when you put it in conversation with another verse.  A simple verse.  It goes: “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35).  Another one of my favorites.  But here is where it gets meaningful for me: look at these two together.  Jesus was standing beside of the grave of one of His closest friends and how did He respond?  He wept.  He cried over His friend’s grave.  Now look at the passage from Thessalonians.  Do not grieve like those who have no hope.  Mourning.  There is nothing wrong with mourning…nothing at all.  As long as we do not mourn like people who have no hope.

“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.”  -1 Thessalonians 4:14