As alt-pop group Wild Harbors prepares to release their full-length debut album, we talk with the husband/wife duo about the songs on their highly-anticipated release.
This was the last song written for the album, and it coincided with us making the leap to leave a decade of other careers behind and follow God's call to focus on music. We marveled at how easy it is to forget the reasons why we do what we do when life gets hard, and we were reminded of how the Israelites built monuments to have a visual, physical reminder of what God had done for them. These reminders help us look back to what's true, as well as guide our path forward.
2. We're Getting Better
One day Chris left the house and said, "Write me a love song while I'm gone!" So, I (Jenna) did. And then together we crafted it into this song. It's a celebration of the little ways we're growing in our marriage and as people.
3. House on Fire
Dealing with conflict can be extremely challenging. Often my (Chris) response is to flee from conflict when, in fact, I should be running towards it. Moving forward towards the people we love can look scary at times, but it's our hope to do so in our marriage, friendships and life.
When friends of ours gave birth prematurely to their twin daughters, they were informed by the doctor that one of the twins would likely not survive. The lyrics to the song are a retelling of the mother's prayers in that time and her prayers of gratitude now as her daughter has lived and grown.
5. Come Clean
It's nice to enjoy things and to be good at things. But when your energy is divided by trying to chase after everything at once, you don't end up getting the time to do or be what you really love, what you were made to do. In these cases, it's time to cut back on excess "good" things so that the best things can be pursued and savored.
6. Alone Together
Early in our marriage, people would sometimes remark that once we had been married long enough we would lose the spark that made our relationship special. This song was written as a response to the idea that relationships inevitably transition into isolation. We had observed that loneliness in many relationships firsthand, and we did not want the same to be true of us.
In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson says, "All the water in the oceans cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. Nor can all the trouble in the world harm us unless it gets within us." We've seen friends weather unfathomable amounts of suffering, and we've also felt how easy it can be to let circumstances overwhelm us. With God, though, we can instead let our struggles teach us and learn how to float.
After Jenna read through Priscilla Shirer's Armor of God study, we were struck by the reality of spiritual warfare in our life and how much had gone unchecked for a long time. We dug into some of the lies we were facing and the need to daily pick up our armor and press on, knowing we don't fight the battle alone.
9. Ballad of Wallace & Jessie
There is a legend that tells of an orphan named Jessie who had a premonition of the Titanic's sinking, in which she saw Wallace Hartley leading the ship's band as passengers fled to lifeboats. The story says that she recounted this vision to an attendant at the orphanage before passing away later that night. The song reflects on the sacrifice the band made, using their musical talents to literally save lives at the expense of their own.
10. Tomorrow Morning
It's easy to tell yourself you don't want to try something because you're afraid you might fail at it. We have sensed this attitude in our own lives, especially as it relates to music, and have resolved to not let the fear of failure keep us from trying. This song is reminder for us that lives can change and good things are so often just around the corner.
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