New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)

Turn it Back to One: the Aaron D. Ybarra Debut Album

Genre: beach/folk

  1. It’s a Brand New Day: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals & acoustic guitar. Brad Weinholtz, bass, mandolin & electric guitar
  2.  Long Way to Paris: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals, percussion, acoustic & electric guitar
  3. California: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals, acoustic guitar. Ben Meler, bass
  4. Endure: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
  5. Let’s Go: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals, ukulele, bongos, bass & rain stick
  6. Division: Aaron D. Ybarra, acoustic guitar
  7. Take Your Picture: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals. Brad Weinholtz, electric guitar. Danny Ybarra, steel drum & mixing
  8. Turn it Back to One: Aaron D. Ybarra, vocals & electric guitar

Special thanks: Jesus Christ, Katie Ybarra, Danny Ybarra, Brad Weinholtz, and Ben Meler.

More Than Just Pretty Words

Summary: Lyrics carry the meaning of the song. The more you get into them, the more you get out of the song.

Today I exchanged sound files with a friend in California. He and I jammed together a lot back in the day and now that there’s a good distance between us, it’s especially good to keep in touch.

Back when we were in college, there was a singer/songwriter by the name Damien Rice, who’s first album, “O,” is perhaps one of my fav’s of all time. “O” contains a song called “Cannonball,” which was, among our group of friends, like “Stairway to Heaven:” a song that anyone who knew anything about guitar had to play.

On a whim, I recently recorded a version of the song on my iPhone and sent it to him. He sent me back some notes and I recorded another version. Then, another. Then, another. As I kept playing the song, the chord structures faded away and I began concentrating on the lyrics alone.

I am not the best vocalist, so it’s easy for me to hide behind melody. However, it was pointed out to me that even the best band cannot hide a bad vocalist forever. This is so true, especially when many songs employ fairly basic chord structures: G… D… C…A…. blah, blah, blah. Therefore for anyone to rest their hat on instruments alone is to subject an audience to mindless, music repetition. The solution: Put yourself out there, and let the chips fall where they may.

That’s exactly what I began doing. Does this produce the best music ever written? Not necessarily. But, I found that it, at the very least, got me engaging with the lyrics I was singing and I remembered that these words were written for a reason. Yes, melody can amplify, even redirect, the mood conveyed in the words, but they do not in of themselves contain meaning. As I mused on what I was singing while I was singing it, I found engaging with the song. I felt as if I were connecting to Mr. Rice over space and time, understanding him, appreciating him. It was actually kind of beautiful.

All that to say, if you are a vocalist, singer/songwriter, whatever, let your voice be heard! After all, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve listened a song by signed musicians and said, “wow! That song sounded awesome, but I have no clue what they were saying.”

Be proud of your song; honor the intentionality of it; and rock on, my brothers and sisters in the Key of Awesome.

P. S. I’ve attached a demo track of the aforementioned song for you to enjoy- and laugh at it, if you so desire. Also, feel free to jump over onto iTunes and check out “O” in its entirety. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

Blessings to you in Christ,

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