C7sus C7/E Fsus and a note

chord6I struck a chord today. Literally and figuratively, a chord was struck.  In truth, numerous chords were struck but a progression of three chords really “triggered a feeling” just as dictionary.com defines to strike a chord. (Strike a chord, (n.d.) In dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/strike+a+chord).

It is a mystery how many chords I have struck on a piano in my lifetime. Years of lessons, practice, recitals, auditions, choral, solo and congregation accompaniment, lessons given and playing for enjoyment have counted for a lot of chords. Today, time at my piano found me turning to a familiar book of songs.  I didn’t choose the Bach Inventions, because I didn’t need the reminder of how out of shape my fingers are and I really didn’t want that type of concentration today.  I wanted a distraction and I found a place to focus my attention.  It was a good place.

C7sus, C7/E, Fsus was the chord progression I landed on firmly, over and over.  If you play the piano I would imagine you know what I mean when I say I sunk into those keys.  They felt right.  Chords can be like that. When they feel right, they generally sound right.  They really do progress, There is movement toward a goal, an advancement. They led in a good direction, These chords triggered a feeling with me because they were familiar.  They were strong and it felt good to play them. It felt good to go in that direction.They triggered a feeling because they rang true.

The chords are attached to words that strike a chord.  There is no doubt, that the lyrics of this song were what motivated my choice. The chords, those strong and striking chords, are attached to strong and striking words.  Good writers do that.  They know how to advance the chords and the lyrics together toward a goal.  These lyrics are ones that I have heard often, sang often, said often and even posted often.  I don’t know that I’ve ever sunk into the C7sus, C7/E and Fsus chords like I did today.  I did it over and over.  While I would love to write on and on about the lyrics, I will share them as they are written.  The writer chose his words and I believe he chose them well and with purpose. I’m confident many of you know this song. If you do, sing it and let is strike a chord.  If you don’t know it, I encourage you to google it.

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IF I STAND,  by Rich Mullins

There’s more that rises in the morning than the sun
And more that shines in the night than just the moon
It’s more than just this fire here that keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger than this room

And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs that I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance
I owe only to the Giver of all good things (this is where those chords are struck!)

So if I stand let me stand on the promise that you will pull me through
And if I can’t let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

There’s more that dances on the prairies than the wind
More that pulses in the ocean than the tide
There’s a love that is fiercer than the love between friends
More gentle than a mother’s when her baby’s at her side

And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs that I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance
I owe only to the Giver of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise that you will pull me through
And if I can’t let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

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There is so much I could say, but I know I can’t improve on these words or the notes and chords connected to them! For me there was a feeling triggered.  It was good to hear and play the familiar and strong words and chords that progressed in a wonderful direction.  This entire song resonates with me. It struck a chord long before last Thursday and will continue to resonate long after next Thursday. According to Webster resonate means : to continue to produce a loud, clear, deep sound for a long time  : to have particular meaning or importance for someone : to affect or appeal to someone in a personal or emotional way

Yes, resonate was the perfect and purposefully chosen word.

And here’s the note to follow the chords~because people have kindly asked. (Trust my heart as I proceed with giving information. I truly don’t know what is the best method, but for the moment this is it.)

Surgery is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th at 9:30 a.m. here in Lincoln. I will remain in the hospital for a few days.   As always, your prayers are appreciated.  The pathology results won’t be known for a few days post op to determine the stage of the cancer.  Our hope and prayer is that this time next week I will be waiting for the biopsies to confirm that I am cancer free.  We don’t know and cannot know what the next step of action will be until those results come back. So we continue to try and rest in this moment.

Thanks for your many kind thoughts, words and prayers.

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I’m pretty sure I’ll return to Rich Mullins again. Probably even this song again.

6 thoughts on “C7sus C7/E Fsus and a note

  1. As always, great words. I remember being moved by this song when we had Rich Mullins come to Rapid City for a youth weekend. His stuff is so good. Yours is pretty good too. Praying for you all!

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