A Song of Thanksgiving by Shane Garrison


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This is a vulnerable place for me, so be gentle.  Phillip Brunner, our worship pastor, and I have been attempting to write songs for our church.  Attached is an mp3 of a song I wrote for Thanksgiving last year.

I am a drummer who just happens to clunk on the piano, so usually I write the lyrics and the general chord progression.  Then Phillip, who is a real pianist, vocalist and trained musician, turns my idea into a real song…with a melody and pretty little additions.

I would love for you all to listen to the song and let me know what you think.  I have included the lyrics/chord sheet, so you can read along.  Also this is a live worship service version, not a studio recording.  Phillip wanted me to add that little caveat because he thinks his voice sounds bad.  He is in a vulnerable place as well. 

We are open to constructive criticism and collaboration, not just “I liked the song.”  The only way you get better at something is by having both positive and constructive feedback.  We are rookies and aren’t afraid of admitting it.

If I get a decent response, we have some other music that we might post on the blog.   Basically, I am going to have to convince Phillip that this is a good idea. 

Happy Listening.


5 thoughts on “A Song of Thanksgiving by Shane Garrison

  1. my only constructive critique would be that in the verses, it seems a little ‘wordy’. Almost like you are struggling to fit all the words into the phrases. Sometimes at the end of the chorus too. But, that might be a production thing.
    That is all I have to say constructively.
    Don’t hate me.

  2. Thanks for the words of encouragement and critique. Nate, I would never hate you. I think you are right on. Preachers who write songs have a tendency to “preach” too much lyric into a small song.

    I will see about putting some other material out.

  3. Actually, too many words with doctrinal content is the thing now. Especially if you want to write music for the Reformed Southern Baptist Churches. “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” for example. I’ll pass on that, though. :)

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