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I wrote this song on December 2, 2009.
I wrote this song just before Christmas of 2009 to be a 1st wedding anniversary surprise for my wife, Jessica, as our anniversary was coming up in January of 2010. I kept it a secret from her and my good friend Nick Garrett-Powell and I got together down in Grants Pass a few days before Christmas to record it. We managed to record my guitar and vocals and Nick added a quick electric guitar, bass and programmed drum parts in less than a day, so that I could surprise Jessica with it on Christmas morning on her new iPod I had gotten for her.
Since that time we managed to complete a better full-band version of the song which has been released on iTunes and is available for download (see Discography).
At first the premise behind the song might seem a bit of a reach considering it is referencing a passage in the book of Joshua that deals with the Israelites defeating the Amorites at Gibeon because the Lord listened to Joshua’s prayer and kept the sun from setting.
On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on[b] its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! —Joshua 10:12-14
But when I was reading this passage it struck me that I wish I had faith as great as Joshua so I could stop the sun and enjoy the days that always seem to fly by with my wife. Sure, it’s probably a bit of a sappy romantic sentiment, but, hey it’s a love song for my wife for our 1st Anniversary! 😉
The days have come and they have gone
Wish I’d faith like Joshua to stop the sun
A moment frozen in time
Where I could be yours and you’d be mine
Life’s merry-go-round spins us past
Wish I could make these all too brief moments last
Turn a blink into nine
Where we’d be just one heartbeat entwined
If I had my wish time would be undone
So I could hold you forever now my love
One moment burning bright
If only my love could learn
To stop the sun…
At the time when I wrote this I was having to make frequent trips to Seattle from Portland for work and be gone for days in a row. I wanted to find a way to express how much I missed my wife during those times and give her something to think of me by when I’m away. The third verse shows this:
I try to show how much I cherish you in song
Though some days work takes me away from you too long
So I hope that these words
Will ring in your ears till I am home
For those who know us well and have been alongside us in prayer and support over the last several years you have seen some of the struggles and blessings we have gone through. I am so glad that God brought me the perfect helper to be my partner and to share the laughter and the tears. I truly thank God for you, Jessica! The bridge alludes to these struggles and blessings and to the fact that it is a celebration of our first year together as husband and wife.
For it seems just a glance over my shoulder when we met
But somehow a year’s flown by since the day when we were wed
Oh we’ve laughed and we’ve cried
Seen both struggles, blessings alike
I thank God for you my wife
We have filmed a music video for this song but we are still working on editing it. I will update with a link when it is available.
In the meantime you can listen to the single and find out more on the discography page or use the player below to hear the final song: View Discography