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Finding Your Song

Dan McCollam

0:56:02 · Songwriting

Dan gets practical and teaches how to mine out God's word for song ideas. He challenges us to think through theological themes we commonly sing and ones we can miss or overlook.

Finding Your Song - Dan McCollam

“The good thing about the bible is you can plagiarize it and instead of being sued, you get encouraged.” - Matt Redman

Where do you get your inspiration to write songs?
  • Read your favorite Psalm and begin the Psalm exercise.
  • Psalm exercise, begin to sing the word as it is.
  • Sing as you read through the word.
  • When there is something good, sing it again.
  • Find a moment with God.
  • What is the hook? What is the chorus? Craft the most powerful, simple words that speak to your heart.
  • Describe this process. Ask God, where do you want to take me?
  • Continue to press into this song idea, inviting other people’s input and recording the process.
  • As long as it takes, continue to refine the song that God gave you.
  • You are 8 times more likely to remember the songs you hear in church verse the sermon that was preached.
Take your top twenty-five songs that you sing in your church. This is your go to song list.
  • Write down the main theological theme of each song and notice which ones are missing.
  • What is missing from your theology? You want to examine what is missing in your song bag.
  • Write out and describe the life message and heartbeat of your local church.
  • Plan a meeting with your worship team and pastors to discuss any ideas or thoughts

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on Tablets so that a herald may run with it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Spend the next week finding and exploring 3 sources for inspiration and begin writing lyrics and melodies for those sources.
  • Describe the emotions and encounters you are having with these sources. Which source for inspiration do you find the most life on? Describe why it inspires you.
  • Pray about how you can take your song to the next level. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
  • After you spend some time crafting your song, share what you are learning with a close friend and write down that experience.