Sometimes I wish Don LaFontaine could follow me around, and speak my thoughts in that voice we all know and love... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPMvj_xejg&spfreload=10
Wouldn't it be cool? Don could say anything, and it would sound fantastic, full of suspense,contain the promise of adventure, and inspire me to ACTION. If only Don had recorded a self help book full of positive messages, spoken in that inimitable voice! Surely then, I could do anything with Don and his voice on my side.
Don passed away in 2008, unfortunately. When asked about doing so many amazing movie trailers, and how to pull people into the movie in such a short amount of time, he is quoted as saying "We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to. That's very easily done by saying, "In a world where..." You very rapidly set the scene".
I find songwriting to be very similar. We have no attention spans, no patience, and find diminishing value in craft of any kind. Under the pressure of these societal trends, what are songwriters to do? And to a greater point, what indicates a successful songwriter, or song?
His Own Devices was formed by a group of people with a common desire to reach that one person. Yes, we are all Christians. Rumors are true, about us meeting at Trinity Lutheran in Midland, MI. We fell into this band, from our love of praising God with His gift of music. That fire, that passion still burns strong in our hearts, and drives us to push ourselves. We strive to make the best music we can, to remove all the boundaries and distractions, and be truly in the moment, singing to our audience of one. In doing so, we aim to reach that one person in the room, who's heart is damaged, or is suffering alone. That one person who needs to hear what we can sing. And, we try to set the scene like Don says, so our listeners are quickly transported.
The name His Own Devices comes from many scriptures, but consider this:
Chapter Parallel Compare
1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
We consider ourselves not as the players of those instruments, but the instruments themselves. Each of us is unique, with our own group of friends, our own character, demeanor, and beliefs. Just like each instrument sounds different and has it's own appeal, the same can be said for each Christian. We are His Own Devices.
I hope you join us on this adventure. Follow us along as we struggle, strive for better, and lose ourselves in music once in a while. We hope our music inspires you, and lifts you, and travels with you on your own journey, narrated by the permanently cool, Don LaFontaine.