Of course this is a very well known verse, but I hadn’t thought of it for a song until my mother suggested it. Turns out it makes a mighty-fine song. Thanks mom!
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Here’s the Slugs & Bugs song video for Matthew 7, verses 3-5. It’s as appropriate for me to remember as it is for my 2 sons. I played it once for these guys and then we recorded it. Crazy! I don’t know how AP remembered his part.
I’ll arrange it a little differently for the CD (it was getting loud, so I kinda flew off the rails there with the melody on the second chorus), but at least this gives you a feel for the zydeco thing that we’ll be going for on this tune.
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Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye when all the time there’s a plank in your own eye?
You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
I apologize ahead of time for what you are about to see. The three “friends” of mine that happened to be at the “studio” where I was recording this “song” were “severely reprimanded” with “doughnuts and Capri Sun.”
Hopefully, you will still find that the melody makes the “Bible verse” more “memorable.” And as a warning, please do not watch this video to the very end. It only gets worse.
Yes! Slugs & Bugs has a Christmas program, and we’re booking November & December now!
The choir parts jump straight off the S&B Christmas CD, and the narrative follows a family through a day during the height of the Christmas season, right about when pretty much everyone has forgotten what Christmas is actually about.*
For the third year in a row, we will tour the Slugs & Bugs Christmas Program and regular S&B Christmas concerts in those post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas weekends. We’d love to come to your church!
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*Disclosure: be advised, though it does not appear in the video, there is a (very) brief light saber battle during the Slugs & Bugs Christmas Program.
This Bible verse is one of my favorites. In a post last week, I explained why. Click here to read the backstory.
Today, I’m just going to let you hear the song. This was one of the first I wrote for the Slugs & Bugs all-Scripture CD, and I can’t wait to see what goodness Ben Shive comes adds to it in the studio this June.
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I’ve had some pretty fantastic collaborators and co-writers over the past 16 years in Nashville. But I’m going to have to say these two are tops. I looked back over the past blog posts to try and find the comment that suggested John’s quote about having two shirts or shoes, but I couldn’t find it. Whoever you are, thank you very much.
The passage in Luke 3 works great as a first line because it says so clearly what the song is about. After landing on the melody, I came across Jesus’ teaching from Mark 9, which fit perfectly. Suddenly, there was a chorus.
Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none,
Anyone who has food should do the same
Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
Where moth and rust destroy, where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
(Where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be (also).
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I’ve been working on a song for the Lord’s Prayer with my 5 year old son, Ben. When writing songs for preschoolers, I have the same goal as I do when writing songs for big people, only more so. It must be very simple, very singable, and very memorable.
The song is basically done, but we’ve got two variations right now. One sings “debt’s” and the other sings “sins.” Hopefully we’ll have that ironed out by the time we get into the studio.
Please leave a comment if you enjoy the melody or if you think it might work for your kids or your preschool. And of course, we’re in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of this CD, so click here to pre-order your copy or share this link http://kck.st/14xzPpB to spread the word to friends!