Jim Black

Jim Black

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"Jim Black is a fresh Contemporary Christian artist who has something new to offer this increasingly important music genre. He blends his songwriting (really story-telling) skills with his guitar-playing and vocal skills to achieve an excellent first effort, leaving the hearer wanting more."

Biography

I'm glad you found this site. I'm excited to share these songs with you, and I hope they make you think, challenge your faith, and encourage you in your spiritual search. I wrote these songs as prayer in response to what God has been doing in my life - maybe they will help you pray as well...
Some background information (if you're interested - if not, skip this and just listen to the songs...)
I didn't plan on recording this CD. I used to travel full time in a band, dreaming of "making it", whatever "it" means. But after 3 years we went our separate ways, and I became a pastor of a church. During the past couple of years I began to write songs again about the struggles of trying to know and serve God everyday. I found a little studio to record in once a week for a couple of hours (I don't golf - a cliche for pastors - so my wife said OK!) I was burning CDs and giving them to friends and family.I remember saying a prayer asking God to use these songs somehow to help some people...

Not long after that prayer, a friend of mine gave a CD to Michael Foster...
I spent the last year recording this CD with Michael Foster (producer), David Santos (Billy Joel's bass player), Shawn Fichter (Trisha Yearwood's drummer), and Dennis Burnside (an awesome session keyboard player) in Nashville and Florida. I feel like I'm caught in a Wayne's World dream..."I'm not worthy!" I hope you give this a listen, and I'd be honored to bring this ministry to your church or event! ( Listen to all of my song clips from this project at the site listed below, or visit my home page at:
http://www.jimblacksongs.com :)

Til then,
Jim

Lyrics

Lead me

Written By: Jim Black

(The audio clips for this and the other songs can be found at this site:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimblack )

Sometimes I am so lost I don't know which way to turn
How can I count the cost when my pride won't let me cry out to You?
When will I learn that You are the only Way

CHORUS
Lead me, lead me into this new day
Cause it was in Your mind before all time
In everything that I do, in whatever I say
Lead me, lead me into this day

Sometimes I am confused, I don't know who to listen to
How can I hear Your voice when my pride won't let me quiet my heart?
When will I learn that You are the only Truth

CHORUS

Bridge: Though I can't see Youj with my eyes, I know that You are here with me
Because You promised to be...

Sometimes I am so tired I don't think I can go on
How can I find the strength when my pride won't let me receive from You?
When will I learn that You are the only Life

CHORUS

Lead me, lead me, You are the Way
Lead me, lead me, You are the Truth
Lead me, lead me, You are the Life
Lead me, lead me, You are my God
Lead me, lead me into this new day

I Will Follow You

Written By: Jim Black

I will follow You
even though I can't see what the future holds
Lord, I know You hold me in Your hand
Guiding me faithfully
Jesus, I will follow You

When I fall behind
When I run ahead
Help me to return to the place where I began to hear the call
Of Your unfolding plan
Jesus I will follow You

'til then...

Written By: Jim Black

Lord, here I am
Waiting now to hear Your voice
I've made my stand, I've made my choice
To follow You

Lord, speak to me
I need to hear Your gentle call
I give my life, I give my all
To follow You

CHORUS:
And I want to be found faithful
I want to be found by You
When You come to take Your children home again
And I want to be found serving
'Cause when I touch the "least of these"
I know that in that touch I'll feel Your hand

til then...

Lord, here I am
I need to feel Your presence here
Your perfect love casts out my fear
To follow You

Lord, here I am
Waiting now to hear Your voice
I've made my stand, I've made my choice
To follow You

CHORUS

I want to be faithful
I want to be found by You
I want to be serving

CHORUS

Deep, Deep Love

Written By: Jim Black

Don't need to succeed to be loved by you
Been driven by greed and what the world offers
It's all that I need to be loved by you
But it's hard to believe

Don't need to be the best to be loved by you
I'm needing some rest from this wheel I've been turning
I think it's a test, Am I loved by you?
It's hard to believe

'Cause I've seen into the darkness of my own heart
Til I can't bear to look any longer

Oh the deep, deep love
Oh amazing love
The love of God is all I need
Oh the deep, deep love
Oh amazing love
The love of God
is all I need

Don't need to be first to be loved by you
In fact you were last and it turned out much better
For me you were cursed, so I'm loved by you
But it's hard to believe

(bridge)
(chorus)

Don't need to bleed to be loved by you
You suffered the loss to cover my failing
It's all that I need to be loved by you
But it's hard to believe

(chorus)

Why

Written By: Jim Black


IF THE MOON ROSE JUST ONE NIGHT A YEAR
WOULD WE STAY UP ALL NIGHT WITH OUR EYES TO THE SKY?
BUT SINCE IT SHINES MOST EVERY NIGHT
WE DON’T EVEN LOOK UP
AND SOON WE STOP ASKING
“WHY?”

WHY IS THE DAY LIGHT? WHY IS THE DARK, NIGHT?
WHY IS UP NOT DOWN? WHY IS LEFT NOT RIGHT?
WHY IS GOD UPPER MIDDLE-CLASS REPUBLICAN WHITE?
I WAS JUST WONDERING….

WHY DOES FREEDOM COST SO MUCH? I THOUGHT IT WAS FREE.
WHY IS LIFE SO FRAGILE? IT’S A MYSTERY TO ME.
WHY DO I FEEL NUMB TO ALL THIS TRAGEDY?
I WAS JUST WONDERING….

WHY, ANYONE CAN SEE
THAT LIFE…IS A MYSTERY

WHY IS WISDOM SO SCARCE AND ADVICE SO VERBOSE?
WHY DOES CHASING AFTER THRILLS LEAVE US COMATOSE?
WHY DO THOSE WHO HAVE THE LEAST…GIVE THE MOST?
I WAS JUST WONDERING…

WHY DOES THE RAIN FALL ON THE GOOD AND THE BAD?
WHY IS HAPPINESS SO FLEETING AND SADNESS SO SAD?
WHY IS JUSTICE SO HARD TO FIND? IT MAKES ME MAD!
I WAS JUST WONDERING…

CHORUS

WHY IS HELLO SO SHORT AND GOODBYE SO LONG?
WHY, IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL, IS HOPE SO STRONG?
WHY CAN THE ANSWER BE RIGHT, BUT THE HEART SO WRONG?
I WAS JUST WONDERING…

CHORUS

WHY DOES LOVE COME IN WAYS SO EASY TO MISS?
WHY IS LOVE IN THE HUMAN HEART SO EASY TO TWIST?
COULD IT BE THAT ONLY IN TRUE LOVE, DO WE EXIST?
I WAS JUST WONDERING…

CHORUS

IF THE MOON ROSE JUST ONE NIGHT A YEAR
WOULD WE STAY UP ALL NIGHT WITH OUR EYES TO THE SKY…?

Discography

'til then...
2003 Parts and Labor Productions

Deep, Deep Love - (upcoming project)

You can hear song clips at:

www.myspace.com/jimblacksongwriter

http://indieheaven.com/artists/jim_black
(hear all of my songs here)

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimblack (clips)

http://www.jimblacksongs.com (home page and clips)

Set List

"Jim starts his collection of songs with the hummable "Lead Me", followed by a warmly reminiscent "I Can Remember" (The Underwear Song,) and then "I Will Follow You," which can linger in your mind all week. Jim's grasp of an abundant life, and his ability to write and sing in such an encouraging, entertaining way, is what keeps the CD in your car deck or in your boom box. Here is an artist who doesn't just play and sing. He communicates. You'd like to have him over for supper. You'd like to have him bring along his guitar and sit by the fireplace. "
You can listen to some samples of Jim's CD on http://www.JimBlacksongs.com.

"Also notable on the CD is "All the Difference", a Christian take on 9/11. And then there is the hauntingly expressive "Forever". All the songs are filled with meaning. All are personal, and give words to feelings one might have, but didn't know how to express. All are hope-filled. We can certainly use more hope in our world today. I recommend the CD, on the