All American Song: Turning Memories into Lyrics

I wrote All American Song (video below) as I reflected on the many adventures my family had experienced between the time we left our hometown in Wyoming and arrived in northern California (the State of Jefferson) seven years later.

Leaving our hometown was a life changing experience that afforded us many opportunities to see different parts of the country, meet great people, and mature in the faith. We set off to accomplish a singular goal and in the process we lived an amazing adventure. Each line of All American Song represents different chapters of a seven year long tale. The song uses broad strokes to deliver a canvas developed in details, it’s a fly-by of a season of our lives that ended with the achieving of a goal, but that will never truly end. From campfires to church choirs and all the other memories we’ve acquired God worked to root us in Him and has given us eyes to see life as an adventure that’s lived out in faith.

I began writing this song long before we moved to northern California. Our travels had just begun and we were living in Michigan when I was dabbling with the line, “Here’s to the campfires, headlights, and highway desires.” I liked the way the words flowed together but didn’t yet have enough content to work with to complete a song and so the line sat scribbled on a piece of paper in a drawer. It wasn’t until years later when we were living in NorCal that the song, as it is now, came fully to life. A member of one of the churches I was serving gave me a guitar. He didn’t realize it at the time but by doing so he resurrected an old interest and I got to work turning memories into lyrics. Little did I know when I wrote the closing words, “wherever we go a new journey’s set to begin to carry on with this all American song” that a new journey was set to begin. Months later I received a call to serve a church in Utah. My family’s all American song carries on.

We’re all carrying on with a song of some sort, a grand story penned in days, weeks, months, and years. If you’d like to share yours feel free to leave a comment on this post. I’d love to hear about it.


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