We’ve been busy in the studio working on the new album. I’m feeling good about the ten songs we’ve chosen to record. There will be some firsts on this record . . . including, but not limited to . . . a ukulele. Yes, that’s right.
I remember the circumstances surrounding the song, “Air, Food, & Water.” I didn’t know if God would miraculously heal my marriage, if I would be single the rest of my life, or, and this so hard to imagine, if I would ever remarry. With our house on the market, I didn’t even know yet where I would live. There were so many unknowns, so many unanswered questions. I was afraid and overwhelmed.
But, one of my pastors preached a sermon I would not soon forget. His message about the three things we need to survive was a turning point for me. And somehow, in that moment, I knew I would be O.K.
Even though the song was written in a very desperate place, it actually feels rather jovial, even lighthearted. Thus, the ukulele. Here’s a sneak peek at the lyric. Take note of Daisy Doo’s honorable mention, another first . . .
AIR, FOOD, & WATER
Written by Cheri Keaggy
Luggin’ in the heaviest burden
I went to chapel one night
If you saw the heart that was hurtin’
Well, it was probably mine
I couldn’t say where I’m goin’
Can’t make make sense of my life
But, then I heard what the preacher said
That I have all that I need in Christ
(He’s given me) Air, food, and water
A house, a dog, and a lovely daughter
Air, food, and water
As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve got the presence of God
Sorry, you’ll have to wait to hear the rest of the lyric live or on the new album. But, once again, I am intrigued by what I found on my dictionary app this morning. The definition for “jovial” is full of or showing high-spirited merriment.
Could it be that God really can turn mourning into dancing? The ukulele says, “Yes!” And I agree wholeheartedly.