The song “This Place” actually has a humorous story behind it as far as how the actual writing went. We were on the last day of recording the album in 2007, and “This Place” was the last song needing vocals recorded. There was a problem, however – I hadn’t written any lyrics. I had tried to force some lyrics, but nothing really sounded good, or really made any sense. Even more interesting is the fact that we had already recorded all the music. We essentially had a 5-minute-long instrumental track. I knew how I envisioned the song sounding, but had no clue what the lyrics would be.
We went to lunch that Friday at a sushi place, and as I was eating, I suddenly stopped and asked for a pencil. No one had one in the band, so I asked our waitress. She brought one over, and I began to quickly scribble the lyrics to the song on my paper placemat. I literally started writing and didn’t stop until it was done. I caught some major inspiration from God, and at just the right time.
We went back from lunch, I put my placemat on the music stand, and away we went.
God definitely has a sense of humor. And I still have that placemat. There are several soy sauce stains on it.
Enjoy today’s free song!
This Place – Jon Lloyd Band
This song was quite simply a labor of love. “Help Me Hold On” was a collaborative effort between myself and my keyboard player at the time. He had some great ideas for the music, and I had written the words ahead of time. When these two things met, I remember thinking, “this is perfect.” I wrote this song out of a season of confusion and struggle, and I was begging God to not let go of me. We recorded it on the 2007 album, “This Place.” As simplistic as it is, this remains one of my favorite songs from the album.
When it came time to record the vocals for this song, I remember stepping into the vocal booth and praying. When the music started, I thought of the power in the words I was about to sing. After I sang the song, I literally had to crouch down in the booth and breathe. I was spent. God had worked on me in those few minutes. It was a powerful experience.
As I’ve studied God’s Word over the years, I’ve learned that God will never let us go. We do have the choice, however, of holding onto Him in every season of our lives, especially when we believe we have nothing to grasp.
In 2009, I wrote a short photo devotional based on this song. You can buy that book here: Help Me Hold On – Never Letting Go of God
Here’s the link to today’s free song. I hope the message of this song gives you strength to hold on to what is real.
Help Me Hold On – Jon Lloyd Band
One of the first songs we did as a band at an event was the Kristian Stanfill/Alex Nifong arrangement of the hymn, “Jesus Paid it All.” I had heard this song done at Passion 2007 in Atlanta, and loved the way they did it and the effectiveness of it. This song quickly became a staple at nearly every event we ever played. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. Chances are you’ve heard this song before, perhaps even this version. Our church actually sang this song on Palm Sunday in what was a climactic moment of that service.
Oh, praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!
Here’s today’s free song link:
Jesus Paid it All – Jon Lloyd Band
Today’s (or tonight’s, I should say) free song is “You Reign On High” from the 2007 “This Place” album. This was one of the first songs I wrote for the album. All I had was a chorus, and built the verses around that. I envisioned this song as a corporate worship song, so it needed to be singable.
We were fortunate enough to hear people singing this song at many events we played, but one specific time that sticks out to me is when we played it at East Carolina University’s “Collide” student gathering. I loved playing this song live, mainly because of the worship “vamp” at the end. You’ll hear what I’m talking about when you listen to the song. When we got to the end of the song that particular night, I remember being able to stop singing while the crowd of the next generation Church sang out at the top of their lungs, “Worthy is Your Name!” Awesome.
So here’s today’s link. Enjoy!
You Reign On High – Jon Lloyd Band