Once(b)lind

Once(b)lind

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We sound a lot like other Minnesota rock or alt/rock acts - Soul Asylum, etc - but our message glorifies our God. We love playing live, we love connecting with the audience, and we love connecting with the Lord in worship.

Biography

Been there, done that. Bought the T-shirt. Got fat, and outgrew the T-shirt. That is the story of Once Blind. Each member has spent years in the local bar band circuit, in various genres of the Minneapolis music scene. Each member has had many ups and down, made personal memories, connected with people, made friends – pretty much “did it all”. Been there, done that.

But there was always something missing. No – not fame, fortune, big cars. Heck – Ted can barely drive the car he has, and certainly doesn’t know how to take care of one. He doesn’t need a big expensive machine to destroy.

No – there was always this sense of dissatisfaction – or should I say MISS-satisfaction. Something was really missing. Each member felt this – and it continued to grow stronger and stronger.

And each member, in his time, came to the realization that playing for self was not going to cut it. And playing for self was what they were doing – whether it was an audience of girlfriends and spouses, or thousands – they always played for themselves.

That changed as each member finally heard the call – the call that was always there. “Stop playing for yourself. Play for ME”. God was calling. He was challenging them to write songs for Him and Him only. And LUCKFULLY, they listened!

Once Blind is a band of Christians, not just a “Christian Band”. They are just like you – they have struggles they deal with daily. They fall down. They hurt, and hurt others. But by the grace of God, they are filled with the desire to play for a new audience. An audience of one!

Lyrics

Breathe In, Breathe out

Written By: Ted Hajnasiewicz

Sometimes it’s hard, life runs you down
You can go so far, until you fall down
You ask yourself, is this what I want
Would anyone care, would anyone know
Why should I dare, why should I go
You ask yourself, is this what I want
But just breathe in, breathe out
Let the light of the Lord shine on you, then let it out
You ask yourself, when you should ask our God
so just breathe in, breathe out
Sometimes it hurts, sometimes you cry
Sometimes the world around you makes you terrified
But he’s always with you, he’s on your side
So just breathe in, breathe out
Let the light of the Lord shine on you, then let it out
You have nothing to fear, trust in our God
And just breathe in, breathe out
You want to love, there’s so much hate
You want please him, you’e so afraid
You want to go, and he says wait
So just breathe in, breathe out
Let the love of the Lord shine on you, then let it out
Put your trust in God, you won’t be let down
And just breathe in, breathe out
Let the light of the Lord shine on you, then let it out
Give all your heart, you can’t run out
Breathe in, breathe out

Lead Me To The Way Everlasting

Written By: Taken from Psalm 139, re-worked by Ted Hajnasiewicz

Lord You’ve Searched Me, and only you know me
You see my sinful thoughts, and yet you love me more
Lord you created me fearfully and wonderfully
Before a word is on my tongue, you know it oh Lord

So lead me to the way everlasting
You know my anxious thoughts, yet I’m still with you
Lead me to the way everlasting
Search my heart, oh God, for I am still with you

Lord You’ve Searched Me, and only you know me
You see my sinful thoughts, and yet you love me more
Lord your hand will guide me, darkness will not hide me
Night will shine just like the day is light to you, Oh Lord

So lead me to the way everlasting
You know my anxious thoughts, yet I’m still with you
Lead me to the way everlasting
Search my heart, oh God, for I am still with you

Yesterday

Written By: Once Blind (Tony Preston, Ted Hajnasiewicz

I've been chasin' the life that I left behind
Everyday closer to the starting line
But no more, I hear you now
And I will run to where you are
And I promise I won't live for
Yesterday - no more
No more caught up in the memories of what used to be
No more longing for the feelings that sin used to bring
No more
I don't wanna live for yesterday
I've been down this road too many times
I thought I'd never leave this world behind
But no more, I'm with you now
And I belong to only you
And I promise I won't cling to
Yesterday - no more
No more heartaches, no lies, no alibis
No more failure, no time for a love that dies
No more - I don't wanna live for yesterday

Kingom Come

Written By: Ted Hajnasiewicz

Your holiness washes away my sin
Your glory overpowers everything
I give myself to you in everything I do
And I pray for strength in you, not from within

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
And we will rise above, because You lift us up

How great are your signs, oh Lord
How mighty your wonders, oh Lord!
Your kingdom endures, overcome our fears
And we pray for strength in you, oh Lord

Your kingdom come, Your will be done
And we will rise above, because you lift us up

where were you

Written By: Ted Hajnasiewicz

Where were you all my life?
When I search, why do you hide?
When I call out to you
Still I don’t know what to do
Sometimes it’s so easy to be your friend
Sometimes it’s so hard to see my sin
Sometimes I cry out, but never wait for your reply
Sometimes I get lonely, and don’t even think to see you by my side
Sometimes I forget what I’m here for
Sometimes you remind me that I can’t close the door
Sometimes I wonder why you would ever let me in
But you welcome me back home and I never want to leave your arms again
It’s not about me, I can’t do this without you
And you say tell me child
Where were you all your life?
Don’t be afraid, I’m by your side
When you call out to me
Believe it and I’ll set you free

Good Love

Written By: Ted Hajnasiewicz

You can't always get what you want
Love is patient
You can't always prove her wrong
Love is blind
It's not about your pride
Love does not boast
It's not about the mountains you move

No greater love than this
To lay His life down
To humble Himself for our sins
To lay His life down
But it's not our race to win
He's already won!
It's not about the mountains you move

It's good love, it's real love
It's Him, love
It's God so love the world
He's good love, He's real love
It's not about the mountains you move

The grass is always greener
Love's not self-seeking
The pathway seems to long
Love never fails
And when you think He's not there
Love perseveres
Be still and know that He is

It's good love, it's real love
It's Him, love
It's God so loved the world
He's good love, He's real love
It's not about the mountains you move
It's not about the tongues you speak
Be still and know that He is
He is love

Discography

Once Blind (2008)
O Holy Night (Christmas single - 2008)
the lost ep (2009)
Unified By Grace Compilation - Midwest Rock Volume 2 (2009)
Your Kingdom Come (2009)

Set List

Typically one set of originals, mixed in with covers of contemporary Christian artists or hymns. Worship service is mostly contemporary Christian or contemporary versions/renditions of hymns - will do Once Blind song if approrpriate for message. Also happy to tailor songs to message/theme, if Pastor desires.