Valentine (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Scott Ligertwood, Brooke Ligertwood & Chris Davenport
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 81 beats per minute
Key: F
Details:  I searched about Valentine or St. Valentine or known to be the reason for celebrating February 14. And I was amazed on what I learned that regards of how Hillsong being protestant acknowledge saint as well as who really St. Valentine is.

From what I researched St. Valentine is not actually a patron of love but as Christian historians. Yes it is not only a single person but several St. Valentines who died on February 14. Two of them were executed during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269-270 A.D., known to be a time of a massive persecution among Christians.

But I wonder how Pentecostal church such Hillsong will use saint as reference. Actually they still refer the song to Jesus but to use a name common to Catholic leaves me in wonder.

Until I found out that as Protestant they still believe and honor saints for their faith but it not the same how Catholic believes on saint. Also, there are some exemption with the saints they honor.

Again the song is about love, just like how other religion honors Valentine as a patron of love, Hillsong refers Jesus as valentine and His love for us.

When it comes to the song, it has very catchy chorus that flashes on my mind over and over. Maybe it is because everything that is honor to your love seems wonderful to me. Actually I thought that there is only few good songs to listen on “There is More” album as how secular music plays around. Usually the first track is only the good song to listen. Also the first track, Who You Say I Am has been released month ago as demo before the entire album released on April 8, 2018.

But actually I was wrong after I heard the entire album. I found great songs including Valentine, Lettered Love, The Passion,  and Touch of Heaven that moved me a lot.  Continue reading Valentine (Hillsong)

The Passion (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Scott Ligertwood, Brooke Ligertwood & Chris Davenport
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 143 beats per minute
Key: D
Details: As a christian what does Passion of Christ mean to us? Before I was confused with the word “passion” as I believe that this is about a “desire” for the things you want to do. Like I have passion for music or passion about love.

In different word, specifically from latin, this means “suffering”. Pati meaning to suffer while pass comes from the word meaning capable of suffering.”

At the end of the day, the two different words brought same meaning of what Jesus did for us. His passion, his “desire” is to “suffer” for us, for our salvation.  Continue reading The Passion (Hillsong)

You Are Life (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Ben Tan, Scott Ligertwood, Aodhan King & Michael Guy Chislett
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 115 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: The song is inspired from John 10:10 where Jesus said that He have come that we may have life and have it in full. It is about the prosperity of life but it doesn’t necessarily that it deals with earthly possession. Abundant life means living with under God’s will and get our freedom as part of God’s family.

In Hillsong’s pre-release album interview, they emphasized that the album is about something great things that it still yet to come – there is more. There is more from all material things we desire, there is more from that any challenges we are facing right now. And this will come if we accept God to our lives. Continue reading You Are Life (Hillsong)

New Wine (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Brooke Fraser Ligertwood
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 70 beats per minute
Key: Eb
Details: Searching the bible for the verse regarding with the “new wine” it gave me a verse from Luke 5 : 33 – 39, it is about Jesus questioned about fasting. As Pharisees follow John the Baptist teaching specifically about fasting, they also believe that Jesus must do the same.

To answer the question Jesus told this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.””

When it comes to the song, Jesus is making the new wine out of us. Making means pressing and crushing or challenges for Christian. From difficulties, there will be new power and freedom. Continue reading New Wine (Hillsong)

Lettered Love (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Nathan Hughes / Scott Ligertwood
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 92 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: I remember when I was attending a prayer meeting there was a pastor told us that bible is a love letter from God. It is how you much you want to read bible reflects your love to God. Like in a relationship we are very excited to read a letter from our love ones. Remember our first love and how much we are excited to receive a love letter from them and so with God. The bible is full of love. A love of God through Jesus Christ. Continue reading Lettered Love (Hillsong)

Touch of Heaven (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Michael Fatkin / Hannah Hobbs / Aodhán King
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 68 beats per minute
Key: D
Details: What this song means? What “touch of heaven means?

The closest verse we can get in the Bible is taken from the book of Mathew chapter 6 verse 9-10, where Jesus told his disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

The verse is about asking God and His kingdom to come. This mean a lot to us as Christian including the will of God, His blessings, and His salvation which we can acquire through Jesus. So we can say that Jesus is a touch of heaven who God sent to us so we can feel His love from of all his perfection. Without Jesus, it will be difficult to understand everything on what heaven means to us as we are bounded to earth.

When it comes to the song, Hillsong wants us to tell that for us to feel the touch of heaven we need to listen despite of world’s distraction. We need to open our heart so Jesus have the way in our lives – a surrender.

The song is easy to play. I only added some chords that you can see inside parenthesis as this is how I interpret the way Hillsong play it. But as for major chords, you can just play it with D-F#m-A-E progression for verse and D-E-F#m-A for chorus. Continue reading Touch of Heaven (Hillsong)

So Will I (100 Billion X) (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Benjamin Hastings / Joel Houston / Michael Fatkin
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 64 beats per minute
Key: D
Details: Based from Psalm 148 where all creatures must praise the Lord. The sun, the moon, the angels, the stars, the wind the trees – everything.

According to Benjamin Hastings and Joel in their interview at New Song Cafe, the song tells about how Jesus saved us from our failures – As he speaks, a hundred billion failures disappear. They added that the song is about a billion things that God did and going to do. So instead of just putting numbers like 10 thousand, 1 billion or 8 billion as how many people living in the world, they make it a hundred more as it is still cheap of how we can measure God’s love.

As for me tells the song tells about humbling ourselves to God as how His Son shown us. With how many creatures praising God, and so will I.

So Will I (100 Billion X) is included on Hillsong Worship album, There Is More.

Continue reading So Will I (100 Billion X) (Hillsong)

Who You Say I Am (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Ben Fielding / Reuben Morgan
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 86 beat per minute
Key: F#
Details: Based from John 8:35 where Jesus said that slave has no place in the family but the son does. Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan said in the interview that the song is a declaration of you are – being free. As Jesus freed us from the slavery of sin, we are free indeed. And being free we can say that we are part of God’s family.

The song is the first track in There Is More album which also serves as demo for the album.

If you want to play this in acoustic guitar you can easily play this with D-Bm-A-D rendition with the help of capo in 4th fret. That was how they played the acoustic version of the song in New Song Cafe. Continue reading Who You Say I Am (Hillsong)

There Is More – 2018 Hillsong Album

This is the 26th album from Hillsong Worship which is going to release on April 8, 2018. Featuring 12 songs of journey knowing who we are in God and know who God is to us. The album is asking for more of God in the world full of problems and distress. God give us hope telling us everyday that there is something more, more that we can ever imagine and dream of.

The album is based on the story of Jacob in Genesis 32 wherein he wrestles with God through the night where he was given a new name, a new purpose. Every song in the album sings of the different journey of encountering God will recreates us into something more.

Sometimes it is hard for us to accept things we lose. We become hopeless believing that that is the only thing we can go. We forgot that God is God of more. He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us through his spirit.

The album also features a new version of Hillsong United’s So Will I (100 Billion X) from their album wonder.

Continue reading There Is More – 2018 Hillsong Album

Ano Ang Kahulugan Ng Nadarang?

Maraming nag tatanong nito dahil sa pag sikat ng kanta ni Shanti Dope na Nadarang. Isa itong malalim na salitang Filipino o Tagalog mula sa salitang ugat na darang na ang ibig sabihin ay pagpapatuyo gamit ng init ng apoy.

Sa salitang “nadarang” ito ay tumutukoy sa naganap na na kilos. Katulad ng mga salitang dadarang kung gaganapin palang at dinadarang kung kasalukuyang ginaganap.

Dahil nabanggit narin natin si Shanti Dope at ang kanyang kanta. Ano nga ba talaga ang kahulugan ng kanta na nais nyang ipabatid.

Andiyan ka na naman
Ba’t ‘di ko maiwasang tumingin sa’yong liwanag
Nadarang nanaman sa’yong apoy
Bakit ba laging hinahayaan

Eto ung nag sisilbing chorus ng kanta. Dito palang may clue na tayo tungkol sa apoy. Kilala si Shanti Dope bilang narrative na uri ng rapper o ung pag kukwento sa kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanta. Nalala ko una kong napakinggan ang gantong uri ng pag rarap kay Gloc9 dun sa kanta nyang “Isang Araw”. Aminado naman si Shanti Dope na nasa gabay sya ni Gloc kaya di na malayo na meron silang pag kakatulad. Continue reading Ano Ang Kahulugan Ng Nadarang?