Writing songs for Lent

Post by Anna.

Anna Lent committment Feb 17, 2013

I have a confession to make: I always forget about Lent. It gets to be the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and I am reminded that we are entering into a season of fasting and meditation, only, I rarely give something up for lent. Back to Sunday. Ashley spoke about lent as being a discipline of saying no while we’re not ‘in the desert’. It’s much easier to turn down temptations while we’re emotionally rested, full, perhaps not as worn out, because when we get to those times, if we haven’t already practiced saying no, it’s going to be much harder to turn down something that is oh so appealing in that moment. He also talked about giving up a good thing, something you enjoy. Like TV, or sweets, or other media.

I contemplated giving up coffee, which is something I rely on heavily right now in my life. I also started thinking about new disciplines that would be helpful, or even necessary. For some reason, the idea popped into my head to write a song a day. If you know my musical life at all, you’ll know that I haven’t written a song in about two years, and the one I wrote before that was a year prior. First reaction: there is absolutely no way I can do this. Me? Write songs? Not gonna happen. Everyday?

I read an article Amber posted from Michael Hyatt. He talked about setting your goals beyond what you think is possible for you to achieve. If you think about it, that’s really the only way any change and growth can happen in your life. If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, you’re going to stay the same. That’s mostly what made my decision. And there’s no way I was going to give up coffee and write a song a day at the same time.

I thought it would be fun (probably more for you than for me) to share a song that I wrote every week or so. The one I’m posting this time is a product of some inspiration from valentine’s day and the deep sadness in my soul to see all of the people in my life who are getting divorced or having marital troubles.

Anna Pasquarello – Valentine

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4 comments on “Writing songs for Lent
  1. Bethany says:

    You know you’ve done something beautiful when the listener has to get a tissue. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amber says:

    Anna, I love this! Thanks for sharing! I second the coffee addiction, and I love that you are adding something beautiful and challenging to your life for lent. I tend to believe that is harder than giving something up most of the time! Well done!

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