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Song Stories with Martin
Martin talks about the process of writing "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble", "Song of Solomon", "Obsession" and "God's Great Dance Floor".
Song Stories - Martin Smith
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble
Written in 1994. The title line came from a prophecy that said “When you start singing the mountains are going to tremble”
It is full of prophecy that hasn’t quite come true yet. “When the streams flow as one river.” This hasn’t come true yet.
Song of Solomon
It is in some ways a lament. It is one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written.
It’s not all shiny, it represents a dark winter in my life. And it’s ok to talk about. Life is not always fine.
Psalms are kind of dark. ei: God why have you left me? yet the Psalms have a way to say this without it being the end.
Read Song of Solomon 2 over and over again. “Lover” really stood out to me. - I struggled with actually putting into song, felt like I needed to “man up”. But that was just where I was at the time.
After traveling for so long, I felt disconnected from my wife, Anna. And breaking up Delirious seemed a small sacrifice in order to reconnect with her.
I felt the Lord say, “That thing you want with your wife, do you think we could have that too?”
Do you feel that sometimes what you write is too personal?
*Not everything you write needs to be on the screen.
Written in 1995–96.
I was in the hospital because of car crash. I had fallen asleep at the wheel and was lucky to have survived.
The song just came to me in the hospital.
Obsession is a very personal song. When people sing “my heart burns for you” they don’t know exactly what it means, but they get part of it.
God’s Great Dance Floor
People often ask what it means, but you don’t always have to know what something means. People often try to tell me what it means, but I feel it is a journey where I learn more as I go on in life.
It’s not about the stage, it’s about the floor. Everyone is invited. It’s messy, there are people from all walks of life.
We’re going to learn to dance with each other, whether it be the homeless man off the street, or the lady next door, the dance floor is for everyone.
It’s also about learning to dance with God. You’re better when you’re dancing with Him.
When your spirit talks about things your flesh doesn’t really like, that is a great thing. You’re prophesying to yourself.