My Life in Music: Steven Curtis Chapman, “Lord of the Dance”

Currently I am reading Tim Keller’s The King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.” It didn’t take long for Keller to blow my mind when early into chapter one he writes the following:

“In the words of my favorite author, C.S. Lewis, “In Christianity God is not a static thing…but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost if you will not think me irreverent, A KIND OF DANCE.” Theologian Cornelious Plantinga develops this further, noting that the Bible says the Father, the Son and the Spirit glorify one another: “The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, and defer to one another…Each divine person harbors the others at the center of His being, In constant movement of overture and acceptance, each person envelopes and encircles the others…God’s interior life [therefore] overflows with regard for others”

I’m not really sure why this passage strikes me so, it could be because I instantly heard SCC “Lord of the Dance” playing in my head, or maybe it was that I take pleasure knowing that God, Jesus and the Spirit enjoy each other so much. The perfect love, Joy and admiration that the Triune has for each other spills over on to me. I feel it warmly spreading to the core of my being and it makes me happy, it brings me Joy.

The fact that this affects me the way it does should not be surprising, as I see the same kind of joy in my children’s eyes and on their faces, when my wife and I embrace, and kiss one another in front of them. They can’t help it, they’re drawn to it, and soon they are intertwined in our legs letting the love that my spouse and I are sharing wash over them as well. This marital “dance” is yet another reflection of God’s character in humanity, and while the overflow of spousal love brings joy and comfort to our earthly children, how much more pleasure can the children of God enjoy while basking in the Glory, clinging to the legs of our triune Lord of the Dance!

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On the bank of a Tennessee River
In a small Kentucky town
I drew my first breath one cold November morning
And before my feet even touched the ground
With the doctors and the nurses gathered ’round
I started to dance
I started to dance A little boy full of wide-eyed wonder
Footloose and fancy free
But it would happen, as it does for every dancer
That I’d stumble on a truth I couldn’t see
And find a longing deep inside of me, it said I am the heart, I need the heartbeat
I am the eyes, I need the sight
I realize that I am just a body
I need the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But who’ll give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
I need the Lord of the dance The world beneath us spins in circles
And this life makes us twist and turn and sway
But we were made for more than rhythm with no reason
By the one who moves with passion and with grace
As He dances over all that He has made I am the heart, He is the heartbeat
I am the eyes, He is the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
He is the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But He gives purpose to chance
I am the dancer
He is the Lord of the dance

Lord of the dance
Lord of the dance

And while the music of his love and mercy plays
I will fall down on my knees and I will pray

I am the heart, You are the heartbeat
I am the eyes, You are the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
You are the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But You give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

I am the heart, You are the heartbeat
I am the eyes, You are the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
You are the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But You give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

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John Schlitt Offers Free Music Download For Valentines Day

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NEWS SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR February 12, 2013

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2013) – In celebration of Valentine’s Day, multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt gives the gift of music this week with a free download of “The Gift,” the most recent single on the legendary vocalist’s fourth solo CD, The Greater Cause.

Music lovers are invited to visit SchlittShop.com on Valentine’s Day, where they can download “The Gift” for free on February 14. A link to the free download will be delivered via email, enabling the user to send the song to a loved one or download it themselves.

Written in honor of Schlitt’s wife, Dorla, and based on Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12 (“two are better than one” and “a three-fold cord is not quickly broken”), “The Gift” is a melodic saga celebrating the relationship between a man and a woman, intertwined with the One who made it all possible.

“I know that the Lord brought us together and by His grace has kept us together for more than 40 years-through all the ups, the downs and everything in between” states Schlitt. “In all the years I’ve been involved in music I had never written a song about the amazing gift the Lord has given me in my wife. It was a joy to write this song for a lady who has been there for me for a long, long time and changed my life.”

Written by Schlitt, The Greater Cause producer Dan Needham and Grammy Award winner Andrew Ramsey (Jonny Lang, Mandisa, India.Arie), “The Gift” has been released to radio in celebration of Valentine’s Day through A-Sides Radio Promotion. The song was recently named a Top Relationship Song by NewReleaseTuesday in a category that included songs by Chris August, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Todd Agnew, and Francesca Battistelli.

“My wife Dorla is my encourager; she speaks into my life with love in her heart. I would love to see this song, which celebrates the relationship between my God, my wife, and myself, be used by others as well,” says Schlitt. “I hope that people will send this song as a special message to their loved one. For those who have yet to find that ‘certain someone,’ I hope that they will simply enjoy the song themselves and trust the Lord to bring them that lifelong partner in His timing.”

To download “The Gift,” visit schlittshop.com/track/the-gift-dorlas-song on February 14. For more information about Schlitt and The Greater Cause, visit johnwschlitt.com. To contact Jeff McLaughlin at A-Sides Radio Promotion, email jeff[at]asidesradiopromotion.com.

About John Schlitt: With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular ’70s mainstream rock band Head East. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards. Schlitt was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt “remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone.” Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com’s 2011 Readers’ Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman.

For more information on Schlitt, visit johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).

Big News From Stryper!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2013

ICONIC CHRISTIAN ROCKERS STRYPER SIGN TO FRONTIERS RECORDS FOR MULTI-ALBUM DEAL Re-Recorded Collection “Second Coming” Due Out March 26TH in North America

(NEW YORK, New York) – Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of iconic Christian rockers Stryper to a multi-album deal. The first release, SECOND COMING, will be released in North America on March 26th. Produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, the new 16-track album includes new recordings of 14 songs from the band’s early years as well as 2 brand new songs.
Sweet commented, “We’re really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We’ve hooked up with some great people – we’ve got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow.”
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such ’80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as “Calling on You,” “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.
SECOND COMING track listing: 1. Loud N’ Clear 2. Loving You 3. Soldiers Under Command 4. Makes Me Wanna Sing 5. First Love 6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll 7. Reach Out 8. Surrender 9. To Hell With The Devil 10. Calling On You 11. Free 12. The Way 13. Sing Along Song 14. More Than A Man 15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new track) 16. Blackened (new track)

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To access a publicity image of Stryper, please click here. (Photo credit: Tina Enos) (Photo ID left-to-right: Oz Fox, Robert Sweet, Tim Gaines, Michael Sweet)
For more information, please visit: www.stryper.com www.frontiers.it