My most recent commission ended up pretty well. I sent a rough recording and lyrics to people who commissioned it. They wrote back that they liked it and sent it to all their family members. One of those family members wants me to do a house concert.
They also wrote that some of what I put into the song connected with parts of their story that they didn't tell me. They wondered if I'm a mind reader. I'm not. But God is a revealer of mysteries and songs are not sermons, but can be conduits of mystery, filaments that glow, spark, sputter.
We all need truth that brings freedom, even if it's uncomfortable sometimes. I need light shining regularly into my own darkness (and I'm not just talking about shameful things I hide -- I'm also talking about ignorance, habits, assumptions, etc). I am surprised at the persistence that love shows in pointing me towards that which I'd rather ignore or avoid, but which (once faced) means growth.
Sometimes this light seeps and stammers through a song, shrinking shadows, wooing us into the open.
Unapologetic Sales Pitch: If you'd like to commission a song for someone, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would have time to do three or four yet before Christmas. It costs between $150 and $800 depending on a number of factors, including what type of recording you want.