Hope Again

Dan Morse

Hope Again
Performed By Dan Morse
Album UPC 885767484733
CD Baby Track ID 9437043
Label Dan Morse
Released 2012-05-01
BPM 144
Rated 0
ISRC uscgj1250365
Year 2012
Spotify Plays 120
Writers
Writer Dan Morse
Pub Co Dan Morse
Composer Dan Morse
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - United States

Description

The long awaited third album is finally here and comes from a retrospective view of how we fall in love, and how it changes over time. This album uses piano, guitar, percussion, and mandolin to cover new ground lyrically and musically.

Notes

“The Way We Fall In Love” is the product of the last 3 years of my life, and the numerous changes I've gone through in the time. I graduated from college, moved out on my own, got engaged and married, and am once more fulfilling a calling to lead worship in the church. This collection of songs covers some of the things I've gone through during that time, and how it's created a perspective change on the way I see love. Below is a basic description of the tracks and the meaning or explanation behind them.

"Arrival" is an instrumental track that narrates the story of a relationship that begins with only two people, and then begins to grow to include all the members of each family. This song started as just a melody on piano, and I began to record the other instruments during the process of our pre-marriage counseling. I started to consider all of the people that were starting to be a part of my life and the way our families were going to become as much as part of our relationship as my wife and I. In the song, all of the instruments begin to build together on top of the same starting melody which repeats throughout the song. The other instruments die out at the end to reveal the same melody still repeating underneath.

“Come Back Down” is a challenge to notice how comfortable we have become with mediocrity. We’ve become comfortable with settling for a life without passion, excitement, and a hunger for something more. The chorus challenges the listener to hold out for “something that’s worthwhile” and to not be willing to fill up on things that are a quick fix. Take the time to challenge yourself, do something for someone else, get outside your comfort zone, love extraordinarily, and live with an expectancy for something incredible.

“The Way We Fall In Love” ended up being the title track for this album, and talks about the way we fall in love being anything but comfortable and graceful. It’s filled with awkward moments, different types of expectations, and ends up being a type of rollercoaster ride. In order to truly fall in love, we are required to jump in with no thoughts of turning back. Even if it’s scary, even if we end up hitting the bottom hard, we have to jump in and risk something in order to experience love the way it was meant to be.

“Getting Up Is the Hardest” speaks to the way I feel that I’m constantly trying say something worthwhile, do something that will leave an impact, and make a difference with my life. In spite of all the effort I put in, I often feel that I’m just spinning in place, and not accomplishing anything of significance. However, in His grace God uses my feeble efforts to make something beautiful. Getting up is the hardest part of moving forward, but if we are doing something worthwhile, we’re going to fall, and getting up is half the journey of accomplishing something worth doing.

“Story of Your Heart” tells the story of two of my good friends and how they came together. I wrote this song for their wedding a few years back and got the chance to perform it with my girlfriend for the ceremony (who is now my wife). This track was a long time coming, and it was pretty awesome to also have my wife sing with me on the recording.

“Run” is a fun little tune that I wrote primarily on the mandolin. It’s got a bit of a folksy feel to it, and ended up being one of my favorites on the album. The message in this one is simple, that we are quick to talk and slow to walk. We spend so much time and effort trying to convince people of how to live, love, act, and feel, that we forget to show them what love is with our actions. We need to be less busy with our talking, and more involved in loving people with our actions. This song also came out of a desire to lead my own household by loving example rather than empty words.

“Cast Away” talks about casting my fears to the side and passionately following the plans of prosperity God has set aside for me. The world is full of empty promises, and we have to be careful not to let those promises lead us into fear and despair. We live in a culture that constantly tries to convince us that we should follow the lead of broken rulers running a broken system. We would be much better off casting away from those shores in favor of the deep waters of His calling, where we can gladly abandon our own sinking ship, and walk out on the water to the One who calls us by name.

“Take My Heart (10 Long Years)” details a very personal journey for me, as I fought God for control of my life, and in His grace He saved me from a life that was controlled by my own sins and desires. This is a song of letting go, and letting Him take my heart. He has proven time and time again that I can trust Him with my everything, and this song is a declaration that I gladly give myself over to the riches of His mercy and grace.

“Good Precedence” is a song that talks about the way my relationship with my wife developed, and how you can never hear “I love you” too many times. The chorus talks about our desire to know that we are understood and loved sometimes in spite of that understanding. Along with understanding comes a knowledge of the deep flaws we all carry, and true love is the ability to love one another in spite of those flaws.

“Hope Again” is simply about the amazing grace that God has shown to me, in the way that He constantly pulls me up and out, and calls me to be more than I am. He has constantly pulled me up and out of my own flaws, addictions, selfishness, and brokenness, into a life of completion through His grace. Nothing speaks to me quite so powerfully of the love of God, as the way He has reached into my life, met me where I am, and called me into a beautiful relationship with Him. He truly is my hope.

It has been such a blessing to me to be able to communicate my heart to others through the medium of music. I hope you like it.

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