Christmas is all in the heart

I know it’s only November, but that means that its just 43 days till Christmas! Yay!

I have always always been a huge fan of Steven Curtis Chapman…he seems to have an amazing ability to put the perfect words to the perfect tune, and then sing and play it…well, perfectly! I have mentioned him before, and no doubt I will mention him again…and again…and again…. This song is from one of his older Christmas albums, and although the haircuts and shirts may look a little dated (I did get away with a 90’s Friends clip the other week….), the song and the sentiment far outweigh.

I find more and more as I get older that the cliche “it’s better to give than receive” becomes more and more true. My kids are getting older, so the Christmas present lists change. Hannah and I still buy for each other, although these days there is so little that we actually want for, let alone need. In fact my Christmas list doesn’t exist this year…I’m happier planning the food and festivities for the family and friends that are coming with us.

This Sunday at EBC we’re filling shoeboxes for Samaritan’s purse. This is something we have done for many years now, and the effort has spread across all of our Sunday services. We’ve always had the ethos of setting aside some Sundays to do community projects…for some we shut up shop altogether and go out into the community, for this one we start with a time of worship, and then devote the rest of our service to filling shoeboxes.

There is more information about Samaritan’s Purse here, but the basic premise is that they distribute thousands of filled and wrapped shoeboxes to children all over the world, that otherwise would not get anything for Christmas. We put in toys, games, soap, toothpaste and brushes, pens and pencils, pads, cuddly toys, scarves, hats…as much as will fit!

So much of Christmas gets lost in the commercialism…the real sentiment, the humble beginnings…the real story.

Lets make sure that this year, the true story of Christmas doesn’t get pushed down the Christmas lists.

Sourcing Ideas

I’ve been running this blog for almost six months now, and have posted up a combination of songs, videos and clips, along with ideas and experience from my role at EBC. And I have been doing the role at EBC for more than 12 years, personally growing and developing over time. One of the things I always do when we plan a new series of services is to just start sourcing ideas from as many different places and artistic elements as possible.

One way of collating ideas...

One way of collating ideas…

We plan our preaching rota usually a year in advance, so currently we have a plan for 2015 mapped out at a very high level, purely dates of series and their titles. Then, we create outlines for each series that detail the overarching theme, and then further detail for each part of the series. This is done to a standard template to make it easy to complete, and there are sections to fill out like “What do we want everyone to know” and “How do we want people to feel”, as well as an outline of the talk and space to fill in creative ideas.

Where to start?

These creative ideas may be worship songs from our list to help give a pointer to our worship leaders. We also have space for performance songs, drama, interactions , graphics and stage design.Media can encompass everything from film and TV clips, recorded dramas, bespoke media for the service and music videos. Of course we don’t use everything every week, but there is always some sort of creative element inserted into the service, either to directly support the talk or to engage the congregation from the beginning. Or even both!

So when I get the outlines (and usually I talk through them with Chris our Senior Minister), I start to just collate ideas that come from the overview as described above. So I trawl through my music collection; sometimes I know exactly what I’m looking for, other times just typing related words into the search field can help too. I am a music addict (as my wife will attest to), so I have a pretty extensive library on my iTunes…around 45,000 tracks and always growing. But of course Spotify now has just about everything you could ever wish for.

I also watch a lot of movies, or at least, I did when the kids were younger and went to bed earlier…but again, sometimes I know exactly what I’m looking for, other times Googling or browsing YouTube for relevant clips is a real boon.

There’s an idea or two brewing here….

Probably because I have been doing this for so long, I rarely am able to watch or listen to anything without considering a Sunday service application for it…it’s always in the back of mind…”could we use this”, “this would be great for an all age service”, “if only he hadn’t sworn in that sentence it would be perfect for telling the story of Job” etc… So I try to keep notes of all of these ideas and more…and Evernote is my note taking software of choice

Seasonally there are always key things happening, so that also gets taken into account. And then popular culture also counts for a lot…but popular culture as is reflected in our church culture… So recently The Great British Bake Off has been on, Strictly Come Dancing has just started, The Apprentice, The X Factor…all formats that are familiar and can be referred to or even copied. These may then feed into the way we present something, or directly influence an element in our service…last Sunday we showed a series of slides of “Bake Off Fails”, and I’ve done a lukewarm cooking slot before as a pastiche of MasterChef to illustrate another story.

And from time to time we also use drama, something we try to do moderately often because of the amount of work it takes to do well, but also to maximise the impact.

The melting pot.

All of this goes into a melting pot of ideas and resources that are entered into the outline template, almost a scatter-gun approach. But that then gives me, the service leader and preacher a great starting point to filter out and hone the ideas into something that is useful, relevant and accessible. And how we edit and refine the ideas is something that I’ll look at next week.

We all fall down

I first heard Tom Baxter when he was supporting one of the artists I was working for at the time. It was just coincidence they were on the same label, so he had been sent out to push his new album…the upcoming artist getting some much needed exposure on the back of someone much biggestaircase1r. The venue was the Albert Hall, which added to the pressure, and of course, only being the support act meant a short time slot at the beginning with a small band and limited equipment. What followed was quite astonishing to me, and it’s stuck with me ever since.

Apologies, I couldn't find this anywhere on YouTube!!!

This Boy on the MTV site

Now not only does Tom Baxter possess an incredible voice, his songwriting is quite exceptional too. And it raises the eternal question (which I won’t even attempt to answer now), how do the charts manage to assemble such a hit parade of misses, when there are artists like Tom whom don’t seem to get a look in?

This boy fell down, and now he’s upstanding,
This boy broke down and now he’s got himself going,
‘Cause we all fall down, we all fall down,
But we all stand up somehow

This boy questioned, ‘Will I ever, ever make it through?’
Oh but thank god, this boy’s back now and he’s sticking round to tell you,
That we all fall down, Yeah we all fall down,
But we all stand up somehow?

We all fall down

‘Cause we all fall down. We do! Growing up we go through the toddler stage, learning to take those first steps. Or maybe the first time your stabilisers are taken off of your bike, and you wobble down the street. Or as we get older, whether it’s in keeping new year resolutions, keeping to a gym regime, trying to not eat the second (third?) slice of cake…to websites we know we shouldn’t visit, “friends” who we would be better not to see, habits we formed long ago which are so hard to break. But we also have a choice when we fall, just as we did when we were kids. Do we stay on the floor and wallow, or do we stand up, dust ourselves off, and get going again? And also the way we get up…what we do after we’ve fallen…and what we learn from it can make a big difference to how we go through life.

We all fall down. And we will continue to fall. Choose to stand up, keep going, keep trying, and the next time you fall, it won’t be so far, it won’t be so hard, and the getting up will be easier.

Black and Gold

Do you ever have doubts? Thoughts about significance? Are you ever wondering what it’s all about, where you fit in. Just why me? I mean, the world is a big place. Just the other day I was in London for a meeting, off of Oxford Street. And if you ever want to get a sense of how big and busy the world is, and how small a cog you are in it all, Oxford Street is one of the best places to be! I had some time between meetings, and so took the opportunity to just sit back and people watch. (Do you ever do that? It’s not just me…is it?)There were hundreds and hundreds of people going about their business, all from different backgrounds, and many nationalities.

Sam Sparro burst into the charts with Black and Gold back in 2008, where it went to number 2 in the charts and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy (beaten by Daft Punk…). It is a brilliant electropop dance tune that appealed to me as soon as I heard it…I bought the album off of the back of the single (something I don’t usually do). But it is the lyrics that bear closer inspection; so often great tunes hide an otherwise slightly banal lyrical content…as Matt Redman has said before, pop songs often have limited content: I love you: I hate you: I miss you: Just Dance….etc. Black and Gold is something else.

‘Cause if you’re not really here
Then the stars don’t even matter
Now I’m filled to the top with fear
That it’s all just a bunch of matter
‘Cause if you’re not really here
Then I don’t want to be either
I wanna be next to you
Black and gold, black and gold, black and gold

Personal Meanings

Now I know that lyrics can be intensely personal to those that hear them, and they are up for interpretation depending on who listens to them, and how they are internalised. The same song can mean many different things to different people. But Sparro was the son of a minister and has stated that the song was written about God…”I do like to have a faith about something that is bigger than me”. And if it needed further clarification, the second verse says:

I look up into the night sky
And see a thousand eyes staring back
And all around these golden beacons
I see nothing but black
I feel aware of something beyond them
I don’t see what i can feel
If vision is the only validation
Then most of my life isn’t real

This song speaks to me on so many levels…as a Christian that always wanted to be “zapped” by God, I’ve always struggled with the spiritual versus the tangible. Many years ago at a New Wine conference I prayed really hard during the celebration that I would get that experience, that I would have a defining touch or big kick from God so that I knew he was there! And it didn’t happen. But at the end of the celebration I received a gentle tap on my shoulder…and a man from a few rows back had a real sense that God had some verses for me, and he’d written them down.

Creation, Faith and Doubt

Creation, faith and doubt warrant much more than a short blog post…there are whole books devoted to the subjects and there are many of those. But as the last lines of the verse say, “If vision is the only validation, then most of my life isn’t real”. I believe there is more to life than the tangible world around me, it would take incredible faith to believe that we are here my some chemical accident leftover from the big bang, and evolution and creation, in my opinion, aren’t exclusive. And for as long as artists can create works like this song, it proves to me that artistry, especially music, is always more than a sequence of notes and an amalgam of rhythms. Musicians can always reach into something that is deeper than themselves, and no matter where they are on their journey of faith, the word spiritual is often used.

As an added bonus, here is Adele ably (and brilliantly) covering the song.

Mistaken Identity

Now I don’t know how old you all are, but when I was going through secondary school, Neighbours was an after school staple. Every lunchtime and evening before tea we got our 25 minutes of good neighbours, with Harold and Madge, Mrs Mangle, Jim Robinson and Toadfish. Unbelievably it is still going (some 6975 episodes as of this week!). Perhaps most famously it launched the careers of Kylie and Jason, Natalie Imbruglia, and less successfully Stefan Dennis aka Paul Robinson. But the subject of todays post is Delta Goodrem, who played schoolgirl and musical prodigy Nina Tucker…in the show she was an aspiring singer while at school, in reality her label had got her cast in the soap to relaunch her career…product placement at it’s finest?!

Mistaken Identity was taken from her second album, and the video, like the song, is tremendously produced…I personally think it looks and sounds fantastic, although I can’t make much sense of the video… The lyrics and the inspiration for the song actually came from Delta’s cancer battle, and how it had changed her outlook on life.

Who are you?

Do you have a case of mistaken identity? Do you know who you are, why you’re here, what your purpose is? I wrote on Friday about finding your calling and realising your passions, based on the passage in Jeremiah where God tells him he has been chosen. I was watching a video interview today between Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins, where they were talking about being consistent in your blogging. It was a great watch, with some great take homes to digest and work on. But one of the things which stuck out, and I have read and heard pretty consistently since I started doing this blog was about picking yourself, and giving yourself permission.

Only you can do what you can do. I mean, there are thousands of bloggers, drummers, singers, CEO’s, guitarists, Doctors. If I stop blogging today then there will still be thousands of other blogs to read. If Bruce Springsteen retires this week (of his 65th birthday), there will still be musicians releasing records. But the key is only Bruce can sing, write and perform like Bruce. There are several Doctors at my local surgery, they all will have a slightly different opinion, but they will all make me better if I visit them. Other people could write this blog, but no one will produce it the way I do…and no one ever will…for better or for worse!

You were put here to have a specific voice, a given talent, a message to share. As I said on Friday, I can trace my journey to here back over many years, school bands, “chance” meetings, education and friends and family and opportunities…a whole stream of events which, if taken in isolation would make for an interesting story, but taken as a whole describe my story and journey. I have the background, the experience, the knowledge to do this. But there is one missing piece.

Permission

Confidence is the thing which makes all the difference. I can read all of the manuals, watch the instructional videos, and apply it. I can practice in my bedroom, write endlessly on this laptop, devise endless plans and lists. But if I don’t have the confidence to deliver, to perform publicly, to ship it, then I am just a hobbyist. If I give myself the permission, if I call myself a professional, and step up to the microphone, I have broken a significant mental hurdle.

I used to be the drummer at the back of the band, quite happy to play a supporting role in the band, be involved from the sidelines but never quite be in the spotlight, not quite upfront. And then someone called me out on it, knowing I could play guitar and sing, and had a heart for it…they got me to lead the band from the front. And to be honest, I was as nervous as anything, felt way out of my comfort zone and was pretty sucky the first few times that I lead the band. But I stuck at it. I practiced, I learnt, I grew in confidence, and I called myself a worship leader. And now, I am as comfortable leading from the front as I am playing at the back.

Have you worked out your calling, your gifting? If you have, where are you using it? Are you working in your sweet spot, or working up to it? Most importantly, have you given yourself permission? Have you called yourself a writer, a lead guitarist, a preacher, a professional? Have you got everything else in place apart from your mindset?

God chose you. Now choose yourself.

The Fraction Principle

You may well have seen this clip already, it’s doing the rounds and I have been mailed it several times…but if you have or haven’t, it deserves a second (or fourth…) viewing:

Awesome drumming! The guy has chops…and kudos to the leader for keeping it going while he plays his flamaramaparadiddlecues (I know they’re not real…I am a drummer…but anyhow….)

Teenage Kicks

When I was learning bass and guitar during my teenage years, I was a typical “bedroom player”, in that I would come home from school and then spend hours alone in my room, learning songs and riffs off my favourite cassettes (I am that old…) and eventually CD’s (but not quite that old…). Whether it was the thundering thumbs of Mark King from Level 42, the guitar solo from Living on a Prayer or the jangly riff from The Beatles And Your Bird Can Sing, I would be lost in listening, learning and memorising new and old tunes. It was great…albeit not a very social pastime.

Something we learn as a worship team at EBC is about playing as a band, playing within our limits, and listening to one another. This is something which can only be learnt as a band, as it’s an important communal aspect to playing you cannot learn on your own. We usually have 5 – 6 musicians in our Sunday morning band, and while we are all of different abilities, if we all played to our maximum then it would be a big mess of noise…free jazz, a smorgasbord of notes! We learn to make space both in terms of frequency, and notes. Let me break this down a little.

Frequency: At its most basic level, we can split our sound frequencies into three; bass, middle, and treble. Bass is occupied by the bass guitar and kick drum, treble is occupied by cymbals, the attack of the guitar and the sibilance from our voices. Pretty much everything else (drums, guitars, keys, vocals, violins, cellos, banjos…) fills the middle. But there is crossover….the piano and drums cover the bass and treble frequencies, and the bass and guitar move around depending on how high or low they are played on the neck.

Notes: We can play fast and slow, we can use lots of notes or be sparing. Chordal movement comes into this equation as well, for something like How Great is Our God has only four chords which go around and around, whereas How Great Thou Art has almost a chord per beat at points (this is from the transition from organs/keyboards to guitar…you can usually tell when a song has been written on guitar or piano based on the key and the number of chords!) And if we’re a really hot drummer, we can squeeze at least 1208 beats in per minute…always useful during ministry time…or Oceans…

Application?

How does this apply to the band? Well, if I’m playing acoustic on my own (which sometimes happens), then I am the bass player, keyboard player, guitarist and drummer. So I will strum pretty rhythmically (drummer), use the full range of the guitar (bass and keys) and lead. But if I’m then joined by a bass player, I should drop off the bottom end of the guitar to give them space. And if there’s a keyboard player, I may play in a higher register (or get the keyboard player to play higher). If we have a drummer too then there’s less need for me to be so rhythmic, as the bass and drums (the rhythm section) can drive the song for me. Paul Baloche has a great video which explains this really clearly:

The Fraction Principle

Brian Doerksen calls this The Fraction Principle, in that you play to the nth of your ability depending on how many musicians are in the band. So if there are five of you, you play to a 5th of your ability. The rationale behind it is if everyone plays 100% to their ability all the time (look back at our drummer friend…), then it’s going to get tiring for everyone and ultimately detract from the song.

Same with the notes….why play several when one will do. The congregation hasn’t come for a jazz gig, they’re not going to applaud your knowledge of the mixolydian scale or how your keyboard player is able to vamp over a Fdim7flat5 with a boogie woogie left hand. Our congregations are there to be led in worship, which is what we’re there to do.

So the next time you’re rehearsing with your worship team, listen to everybody else around you. Are you giving each other musical space as I’ve outlined above? Does your keyboard player have a heavy left hand? If you have two guitarists, are they mimicking each other, or do they make use of a capo and/or the dusty end of the fretboard? If any of this rings true, make some changes. Arrange it as a band. Listen to CD’s of the songs you’re using. And in time, it will become second nature.

New term, new songs

Well I think we’ve made it through the summer without too many injuries, avoided the worst of the weather and are now scrabbling around to find school uniform, work bags and car keys as we get back into the swing of things after extended holidays. And similarly, now we’ve completed our extended run of summer services we’re looking ahead to this coming Sunday when we resume our Manuscriptusual pattern of two morning services, a new series and new band rotas for the autumn. How about you?

Song Lists

Something I do on a termly basis is revise our song list*, and I particularly enjoy doing this after the summer break as so many from our congregation go to conferences such as New Wine and Soul Survivor, so have heard a great deal of new music. I always tap up those from the band, in charge of the youth, those with a good ear, even our senior minister, to get the low-down on what they thought was good, stood out and worked well in a worship and congregational setting.

There are so many good songs already in circulation, and so so many songs being released on a daily basis, it can be daunting to know where to start. We have a relatively small song list which has shrunk in number over time from the whole spectrum of the Songs of Fellowship book (circa 2000 +!) to our current list of 60 ish… but I do a regular rotation of this list three times a year, retiring some songs off of the list to make space for new songs while retaining some classics, some hymns, some popular favourites.

Sourcing songs

There is always a balance to strike between the desire to introduce the new and trendy as opposed to sticking with the comfortable old favourites…I have to work hard to resist introducing all of my new favourites, as the real danger is leaving the congregation behind and alienating your audience. Which is why I find this approach covers so many bases…getting feedback from a cross section of friends whom I trust, coupled with keeping an eye on the CCLI lists (we tend to look at the US version of the site) and new releases from artists who are a good fit with our style of worship at EBC (for us it’s Passion, Hillsong, Brenton Brown, David Crowder, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Soul Survivor) gives me a generous selection of songs to start with. I then go through them and listen out for songs that are playable by our bands and singable by our congregation…which may warrant a key change, and may need rearranging to fit with our line-up.

I spent most of yesterday refining this, including a complete overhaul of our children’s/all age worship songs, so once this is finalised I’ll post it up in the resources section so you can all see what we’re doing for the next four months.

How do you pick and organise your songs?

*I will look at how we organise our songlist in a post soon.

Legacy

Spoiler Alert: This post has ended up talking a lot about death, (sorry), but hopefully you won’t feel morbid after reading it. 

When John D Rockefeller died in 1937, the story goes at the funeral a bystander asked his accountant how much he left behind in his will. And the accountant answered: “He left it all. He didn’t take a thing with him”

We are on this planet for but a short time, and while we are here we make choices as to what we do, where we live, who we live with and where our money goes. And sometimes we plan this in advance…I have friends who have their five year plans, their goals for the year…I even have a friend who achieved their three year plan in six months! And then there are those of us who sort of drift along, happily seeing where life takes them, and just enjoying the ride.

Now I don’t want to be an advocate for either approach, as I think a balance of both is a good thing, and everyone is different. But we can’t escape the two much quoted things, death and taxes. (Although plenty seem to be trying very hard to avoid taxes these days)…I digress.

Remember me…

What is your legacy going to be? After you’ve lived your three score years and ten, what will you be remembered for? Were you a good friend? An entrepreneur? A philanthropist? Movie star? Bad neighbour? Absent sibling? Did you leave a large bank account, or debts? Were you missed by many friends and family, or was your funeral a quiet affair…possibly even a celebration for all the wrong reasons? Maybe you’ll live your life, and that will be it, and in two generations time “insert your name here” will be forgotten.

At the moment I have at least three legacies in the form of my children, and maybe grandchildren one day. While the work I have done will not necessarily be remembered when I’m gone, I am sure the training, input and time I’ve put into rehearsals, writing and Sundays will have made a difference to some, which in turn may have helped change the course of their lives, and those around them. And while I may not write like Shakespeare, or Bronte, or J.K.Rowling, there is always a possibility some of my work will exist and be used in years to come.

I´ll probably never hold a brush that paints a masterpiece
Probably never find a pen that writes a symphony
But if I will love then I will find
That I have touched another life
And that´s something
Something worth leaving behind

Compassion

As The Beatles famously sang, All You Need is Love. Love makes the world go around. Love lifts us up where we belong. And while love won’t pay the bills, make breakfast and get the washing done, it makes the biggest difference in life. Work, relationships, creativity: adding a big dose of love to any of these things will make the world of difference.

We used this song by Lee Ann Womack some time ago when we were looking at caring; a series entitled The Incredible Power of Compasssion. When you love someone, when you show love however big or small, it makes a difference in peoples lives. And while it may not always look as discernible as painting or writing a masterpiece, while it may not be exhibited in a museum or played on the radio for years to come, while it probably won’t ever earn a Wikipedia entry, touching someone else’s life is definitely something worth leaving behind.

What is your legacy going to be?

Melt

I am of an age where The Spice Girls were my generation, I own some of their albums and the limited edition tin box with the movie, and I can honestly and categorically to this day still say Sporty Spice was my favourite. Not because I have a thing for shell suits and leisure sportswear, I don’t have any tattoos, and general fitness (let alone high kicking in tracksuit bottoms) is not something that you’ll find me doing anytime soon. Actually a friend of mine was an engineer at one of the studios when they were recording their first album…and he came home that day to say “there’s this bunch of girls recording this week…they’re called the Spice Girls…and they’re rubbish! Never going to go anywhere!” Some 80 million sales later, I think it’s safe to say he won’t ever work in A&R…

Farewell, Sporty

Anyhow, once the Spice Girls went their separate ways, they inevitably released their own solo albums, with varying degrees of success. But now some 20 years down the line, Mel C is the only one that continues to carve a musical career…something she’s done pretty successfully as well. Several album releases, her own label, regular touring, and even a critically acclaimed stint as Mary Magdalene in the updated Jesus Christ Superstar…in my humble opinion she was Most Talented Spice.

I also own all of her solo albums, because they are actually all rather good. And as she’s developed her own sound, set up her own label and taken control of her career; her sound and songwriting (and she does do her own writing) have settled into a distinct and personal rhythm which I personally really rather like. This track is taken from her sophomore album, Reason, and it’s another fantastic track called Melt.

Give a little bit of love for your people
But save a little bit of love for yourself
Have a little bit of trust in the way you feel
And see your heart melt

Send a little bit of hope down the airwaves
Find a little bit of gold, it might help
You’ve got to have a little bit of faith in everything you know
Then let your heart melt

Everyone needs compassion

This past Sunday we had Jamie Fyleman from Tearfund talk to us about their work overseas, and specifically a project that we have partnered with them on in Uganda. It is amazing the difference a small amount of money, a bit of time, and knowledgeable direction can make. Tearfund aren’t about spending lots of money to support people, they are about getting people to understand how they can make their own situations better for a sustainable future. Knowledge is power. Tearfund, like so many organisations are making a difference, and they know how and where to focus their efforts. The problem of course is money, and in our current climate it is more difficult than ever. And I think that we can suffer from charity fatigue; as we have a 24 hour news cycle broadcasting all that is wrong in the world, it is all too easy to zone out, to focus inwards, and to take care of our own needs. But if we can share just some of what we have, be it time, money, or even volunteering, we can make a real difference…we just need to let our hearts melt.

What one thing can you do to make a difference, today?

Come What May

We had a rare opportunity last Friday…the kids had gone to bed relatively early, we had set aside jobs for the day, and knew we had a few hours of not being interrupted. So we thought we’d do what most married couples would do under those circumstances…we watched a movie. Friday always used to be date night, and we still try and keep it so, but it’s been a while since we’ve been able to just sit down…

We chose Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrman’s extravagant and colourful tragic love story, a mash up of turn of the century Paris and 1980’s MTV. An all-star cast with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman playing the lead roles, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and even Kylie as the green fairy! We fell in love with the movie when it was first released, the incredible soundtrack was on constant rotation and our first daughter was born to this song…so it always has special memories. And now that she is old enough, we let her watch the movie…so she is now firmly a fan. And it also means we don’t quite have Glee on the same rotation it has been…

Hearts Collide

Moulin Rouge tells the story of Christian, played by Ewan McGregor, a struggling writer trying to make his fortunes in Paris, and the beautiful Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, a showgirl and courtesan at the Moulin Rouge who entertains if the price is right. It is love at first sight for Ewan, and although he is not the rich Count she was expecting, a combination of songs and romantic encounters softens her heart, and they fall in love. Come What May is the pivotal song in movie…they are under pressure from all sides; money, affection, loyalty, threats…but still love conquers all.

And there’s no mountain too high, no river too wide, sing out this song and I’ll be there by your side. Storm clouds may gather, and worlds may collide, but I love you, until the end of time. *Come what may.

It’s all about Love

This to me is the love song to end all love songs. It’s not easy. It’s not always a bed of roses. It takes work to make a relationship work, and to keep it working. We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this year, and we’ve been through some incredibly happy times and some really, really difficult times…some things that we’d prefer not to remember. But I can say categorically that I love Hannah more now than I did 15 years ago, and whatever tests come our way make us stronger.

Come What May epitomises this…it’s not all fluffy bunny rabbits and bunches of flowers, (well it is a bit fluffy….), as with the story they’ve had their hardships and ups and downs, and they know there will be more to come. No matter what happens, their love will stand strong. Obviously you could use this for a love series…or relationships…we did a great series not long ago called Happy Dating… And watch the movie…it is a spectacular smorgasbord of  colour, dance and song, one of the most creative movies I’ve seen

*”Come What May is a phrase that originates from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and means: let whatever events crop up come to pass.