The Opener

The Opener

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As it has become my practice here, my first track is of a more devotional/religious tone than most of my output will be on 50/90. Basically just a little Saturday morning meditation on how I need to be open to God and what He is doing in me and less afraid of everything else.

Very much early morning voice, no caffeine yet, etc. Was a rough, largely sleepless night (thanks, chronic illness). Recorded softly because my dearly beloved wife also had a rough night.

Lyrics: 

O Lord,
you have taught me
to number my days

O Lord,
you have opened
my lips for your praise

O Lord...
even so
I just don't understand so much
O Lord...
even so
some days I'm still stuck in fear's clutch

O Lord,
you are gracious
and merciful to me

O Lord,
you have broken
my bonds and set me free

O Lord...
even so
I just don't understand so much
O Lord...
even so
some days I'm still stuck in fear's clutch

Create in me a clean heart
Create in me a clean heart
Grant me a quiet night and peace at the last
Help me to sleep and trust with a joy that's fast
Create in me a clean heart
Create in me a clean heart

O Lord,
you have taught me
to number my days

O Lord,
you have opened
my lips for your praise



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Comments

wacha's picture

Nice first fruit! love the brooding feeling of this, very nice use of repetition. Really nice job on this.

billwhite51's picture

love the timbre of your voice here, and the subtle flourishes. you give the melodies. i can imagine david singing this while crossing a desert.

rorowe's picture

Great first tune! I really like the man-with-guitar vibe for this kind of conversation with God. It just feels so much more intimate.

Tim Fatchen's picture

How I often feel. But the fear largely goes as you surrender. Good start, too. ( I refer you to Arthur Ainger's lyrics as set by Martin Shaw in "Purpose" Wink

katpiercemusic's picture

I love the sparse opening. Draws you in. I like how the bridge builds up and then it drops right back to the beginning too. Lots of quiet intensity.

cts's picture

Fear certainly has a way of gripping one's soul. Although it's not "caffeine injected" your vocals work perfectly on this meditation. Very good first fruits, my man.

Zeekle's picture

Great sound. Loved that brooding vocal. Perfect start...

cola's picture

An awesome first song! The simplicity of the acoustic guitar arrangement is beautifully raw and authentic, and the way you sing from the heart is really moving. Fantastic start, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from you!

JamKar's picture

An intimate prayer, turned hymn. Loved hearing your first fruit Alex.

IA's picture

I truly appreciate a message of surrender. One that so many seem to ignore.

I love the repetition, and like you said, a meditation. Feels like you really do continue with a new heart.

Great start!

headfirstonly's picture

The combination of that descending minor chord progression with a song of praise is really interesting. The numinous isn't always rainbows and unicorns; it's an encounter with a power much greater than our own, and that can be unsettling sometimes. (I'm going to have to go and dig out my collection of Wordsworth's poems now - he was a master at capturing this vibe, particularly in works like "The Prelude".)

Cool ending, too. Unexpected, and perfect for the tone.

Candle's picture

A wonderful & powerful meditation. Your voice perfectly conveys the emotions represented within the lyrics. A great first start, Alex!

See You In The Shadows…

dzd's picture

Wow, great first tune! Great vocal performance on this.....really nail the sentiment.
The sparse guitar in verse really works great in contrast to the little breaky bridge Wink nicely done!

Chip Withrow's picture

Fitting that I'm listening to this on a Sunday morning. Heartfelt, meditative, prayerful song - lots and lots of soul. I hope you found some peace in the writing and singing of this one.

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

Such beautiful resonance. The sound reminds me of a lot of late 90s acoustic radio rock... there's a certain savouriness in the deep chords. It's sincere, honest, and intimate, as it should be. The slight register shift in the brudge adds some welcome depth and colour in the margins. Lovely start. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Jibbidy34's picture

There is so much I like about this. The Opener as title suggests your starting song for 50/90 but then lyrically you’re talking about how your lips are open for his praise. I love the grunge style of this song, simple but dark. Great contrast and puts forth a deep questioning but also an unwavering dedication to things you still don’t understand. There’s an emotional edge to your voice here which conveys the angst that words can’t. Bravo! More of this style I say! Metalfoot raw and uncut Smile