Rhythmic Ode To Psalm 51

1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.

4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
 it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.

16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
they can heave onto your altar!

– Psalm 51, The Message

Video and music are my own.

*Lead is a little sloppy in parts, but overall I’m happy with the outcome.

3 thoughts on “Rhythmic Ode To Psalm 51

  1. frankgrauillustrator says:

    Wow, you’re getting a cool Santana tone from your guitar there. The neat thing is that you’re able to compose the entire song, with all the parts and instruments, so it sounds full and complete. Very nice.

    I was wondering, are you using a wah pedal or an autowah effect? I like when others use a wah, but I can’t seem to figure out how to use one in my playing, which is why I gave up on the idea of getting one (even though I really wanted one). It’s hard enough to play with my hands, so having to use my feet is just asking for trouble.

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    1. Rod Lampard says:

      I was going for that Santana vibe. 😊Took four hours to create. The melody and lead was the last thing I put down, so by the end, I was a bit worn down on the creative side. The rhythm Fx has a slight autoWah. The Pod HD400 has a Wah on it, so in some future tunes I’ll probably capitalise on using it. (Time permitting). It’s been a while since I’ve used one so I’m in need of practice with it. Side note: The only thing I’ve found garage band useful for, so far, is the drums. I appreciate the feedback, Frank. Thanks.



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