For my fans (almost as much as for me), my debut studio album, Things New & Old, has been a long time coming. It follows five years of songwriting, performances, and sometimes agonizingly slow growth as a musician, writer, and human being. I would like to say that this album is me finally coming out of my chrysalis to flap my butterfly wings, but it feels more like me taking the last bite out of a tasty leaf and moving my chubby caterpillar body on to the next one. In all seriousness though, I feel like I’ve accomplished something meaningful, and I’m happy to be able to share this album with the fans and friends who’ve been waiting for it.
The title Things New & Old has some different meanings for me. For one thing, a lot of these songs were written in 2011 and 12. These are songs that I’ve been performing for a while, so my fans and I know them well, but on the album they get the studio treatment for the first time. In addition to those songs and a couple totally new ones, there were also some songs that I wrote a few years ago, but that I never felt were finished. I went back to those and got them worked up for the album. So you can see some new, some old, some old/new. The main reason I chose Things New & Old though, is for the spiritual lesson behind it. It comes from Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:52:
“Every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
I feel like with this album I’m bringing out spiritual treasures that God has given me in the past, as well as some that I’ve received more recently. Those treasures don’t last unless you bring them out and share them, pass them on.
The last few years have brought successes and failures, along with some big changes in my life and ministry (not least of all marriage and now impending fatherhood!). Looking back, I see God’s mercy working through it all. Looking ahead, well… no one can really see anything ahead. I’ve got lots of dreams and songs and plans in my heart, and if God wills they will be lived and sung and carried out. Whatever comes I trust it will “work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Enjoy the album, and peace be with you.