Rachael Nemiroff is my all-time favorite songwriting instructor from Camp Electric and an incredible artist in her own right. As a songwriter for Curb | Word Music, she regularly collaborates with notable musicians in the industry, birthing some of our favorite tunes. In this week's devotional, I'll examine her newest release, "Honest to God," and my favorite song, "SOS."
"Honest to God"
"The honest-to-God truth is He's seen every side
When I've done it all wrong, if I'm doing alright
I'll never understand why he doesn't change his mind
If I'm honest to God
Honest to God."
In this song, Rachael does an incredible job swaying between octaves and displaying quality vocal skills. I felt this resonate the most when she reached the chorus and sang so low. It felt like she was sitting in front of me, speaking to me. Not only did it create a resonance within me, I was immediately compelled to listen.
When she reached the bridge, she dropped the hard-hitting line, "He's not waiting for perfect/He meets me in between." I took "in-between" as the space completely healed and formidably shattered. Lately, I've related to this in-between space, as I feel that life is just one long road to healing I've yet to reach. We're blessed that He walks with us in this space and doesn't wait to meet us at the finish line. Rachael presented candid truth in this song, revealing more of God's grace to me than before.
"Do you know that there is hope in all the desperate places?
Do you know love is close?
Can you see the darkness breaking?
You're not abandoned; you've never been stranded
And if anyone knows, heaven knows."
Rachael's struggles are relatable in her song "SOS," but she gently reminds us that "help is coming." Even better, she sings, "Heaven is coming." While comforting in its own right, the first phrase could be interpreted as a general announcement of assistance. I know from experience how vague these can be with no follow-through, and I find it essential that she then specifies heaven and, thus, God as our Savior. Her swift transitions, incredible vocals, and praiseworthy lyrics cement her and the melody in this favored position for me.
Selena Schulz is NRT’s youngest staff contributor. She loves God, music, reading, and writing.
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