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Song Stories with Brian
Brian shares the backstory of songs such as One Thing Remains, To Our God, Jesus You've Won Me and others.
Song Stories - Brian Johnson
One Thing Remains
1 song on Christian radio
We write these songs in worship
I got stuck on the chorus for years.
We work a little too hard on songs sometimes, but I could not finish this song.
Jeremy approached me and said he had written a verse for it
6 months later Christa Black came to me and said I should go into the chords for “The Stand.” So we did, and it worked really well. And we started writing for that chord progression.
Jeremy brought his verse back to the table, and it fit perfectly. -It went from work work work, to nothing, then within 15 minutes it was done.
To Our God
We were doing a conference at a little church in England.
I was not happy, but I remember making a decision to make some space for the Lord to move.
I started singing the chorus.
The congregation just took ahold of it and started too sing it over and over again, and I knew that the Lord was on it.
Lead it live and see where it goes.
I started playing it in service and just started to sing, “Make His praise glorious…” and that was the bridge.
Where You Go I Go
My brother was doing a 48 hop on the beach, and I went to leas worship
It was spontaneous thing that just happened in that moment.
Try to create a spontaneous, creative environment wherever you are.
You’re always looking for the little puzzle pieces that connect everything and make a song complete.
New Song–Strong in Us
It was originally “Our God is strong enough,” and I ended up singing “Our God is strong in us.” It was a total accident. I didn’t mean to sing those words, but it worked because “Christ in us..”
We wanted to build confidence
Jesus, You’ve Won Me
The eternal process..it had 15 revisions.
I had the melody to this song for years, and Jeremy came along and began to help.
The chorus and bridge took forever
One saturday morning, I woke up and I got the final lyric for the song. I grabbed my guitar and sang it for Jenn and it made total sense.