The Somewhat

The Somewhat

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandAlternativeRock

My name is James Diffenderfer and I am The Somewhat. My music is heavily influenced by alt/rock artists like As Cities Burn, Thursday, and mewithoutYou. I make music I enjoy and music that moves me. Lyrically, I focus on life struggles, friendship, and my relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Biography

My name is James Diffenderfer and I love making music.

It all began when I was a kid. I remember my mom teaching me the basics on piano when I was in first grade. Shortly after we began, she handed me over to a nearby teacher who would end up teaching me until I graduated high school. During middle school, I picked up an electric guitar for the first time at the music store in my home town. The metallic blue shimmer of that Ibanez Gio was more than enough to catch my eye. I guess the piano wasn’t enough anymore and I was driven to learn how to play the guitar. I spent a lot of hot summer days mowing lawns but I was able to save up my money and, sure enough, I bought that very same electric guitar. After graduating high school, I decided to go to college at Georgia Southern University. During my time at Southern I took some more piano lessons, spent time developing my guitar style, and began learning how to play the drums. One day, in March of 2010, I sat down to practice the guitar and began to write a song. It wasn’t a song that I wrote with the thought in mind that people would hear it. The melody just caught my ear and I felt compelled to finish it. I spent some time developing the song more and recorded a rough demo of it in May of 2010. That song, today, is known as “Depths”. I set a goal that summer to write and record a ten song CD. This was not a menial task since I was writing and recording all of the instruments. After much hard work, this April, I will be releasing my first record titled "All Things New."

Live, The Somewhat is:
James Diffenderfer - Vocals/Guitar
Patrick Kelly - Guitar
Kasey Brown - Bass/Vocals
Steven Baird - Drums

Lyrics

Depths

Written By: James Diffenderfer

Let’s break the ice, move through this hollow conversation
You show me your wealth; you show me your worth
I have nothing to show but grace that’s undeserved
Shine your light into the depths of me

We all have our dirty little secrets
Things we work to hide most of our lives
So for anyone listening who is growing weary
Let’s break the mold and step into the light
We’re living in darkness; we hide from your light
So what are you afraid of?
The light will expose who we truly are

Shine your light into the depths of me
In your light we find forgiveness through your mercy and your grace

Shine your light into the depths of me, into our depths to see
I fear what you may find but I hope and pray that by your light
Your grace will find its way into our hearts
That your love would make a way into our hearts again

All Things New

Written By: James Diffenderfer

Take a good look at your life it might be the last chance you get
You’re moving in a direction I’m not willing to follow for long
Don’t throw it all; don’t throw your life away

Cause everyone know it’s the scars we can’t see that hurt us the most
You are right, sir, when you say “Drugs will ease the pain.”
But can they mend a broken heart?

This life you’ve been given don’t let it all go to waste
Don’t throw it away

Don’t let your past define who you are
It is never too late to make all things new

Don’t throw it all
Don’t throw it all away
Don’t let your life go to waste
This life you’ve been given don’t let it all go to waste
Don’t throw it away

This is the Way

Written By: James Diffenderfer

This is the way; this is the way that we ought to live
So well behaved, so well behaved and innocent
But so many times I find it hard to practice what is preached

Some will say; some will say to live as you please
They will claim “There is no way that we ought to live.”
And I’ve come to find we all have different views of what is right and what is wrong

What is good? Is it good to be alive?
Is it good enough to live and love then die?
Cause along my way I have done many things
I can sadly say were far away from good
How then could I say I lived the way I should?
How then can we say we live the way we should?

Despite our failed attempts at life
We try to right our wrongs by living lives we classify as good
But there’s a problem here
Who are we to say what is wrong and what is right and…

What is good? Is it good to be alive?
Is it good enough to live and love then die?
Cause along our ways we all do many things
I can safely say are anything but good

There is no way, there is no way we ought to live apart from grace
There is no way, there is no way we ought to live apart from grace, apart from truth we’re all hopeless

What is good? Is it good to be alive?
Is it good enough to live and love then die?
When all is said and done is it really up to us to decide
If we lived the way we should

Abort! Abort!

Written By: James Diffenderfer

We give in and it’s not our first time; it’s a repeated offense
Temptation calls time and time again
We follow close behind with eager curiosity
Hoping this will fulfill our longings
Abort! Abort! O Great Physician I need you now
To kill this sin before it can be born

Escape! Escape the sin that binds you down
We live like slaves, set free, who return to their captivity

Now I’m dragged along
Bruised to the bone by my own selfish desires
That left me alone only to find that giving in gave birth to sin
Forgive! Forgive again!
I’ve lost myself sinking in a sea of my own sin
In a sea of my own sin

Escape! Escape the sin that binds you down
We are like ships lost at sea
I fear there is little hope for you; little hope for me
If we continue to live this way

Can’t you see I have so much to fear when I stand before God
All this blood on my hands must be atoned for
Abort! Abort! O Great Physician I need you now
To kill this sin; kill this sin in my life!

Escape! Escape! Your time has come my son
Cast your cares on me
I’ll wash your hands of this blood I’ll cut the sin that binds you down
You are forgiven

Alone

Written By: James Diffenderfer

So let me get this straight
Have you left us all alone here to try to navigate our way?
Well I don’t know how to find my way home
So could you please rescue me from this unforgiving sea?

So let me get this straight
Have you left us all alone here to try to navigate our way?
Well this isn’t quite what I had in mind when I set my course your way
But I guess that’s why you call it faith

I’m just scared to tell you what you already know
I’m not running on faith anymore
And I lack the strength to go it alone
So let you love be the wind to bring us home

And on these stormy seas several times to come to mind
Where I waited faithfully to see
The sun break through the clouds and dry the rain off from my brow
But unfortunately “hoping” doesn’t accomplish anything
Then there are the times that seem so few and far between
Where I know you won’t leave me to the mercy of the sea

I’m just scared to tell you what you already know
I’m not running on faith anymore
And I lack the strength to go it alone
So let you love be the wind to bring us; be the light to guide us home

I don’t know where to go from here now
So could you please rescue me from this unforgiving sea?
This is the testing of our faith: The cry for help with no reply
And you say “Blessed is the man who perseveres under this trial.”
But I am older now than I once used to be
And life is now a daily fight to overcome my unbelief

I’m just scared to tell you what you already know
I’m not running on faith anymore
And I lack the strength to go it alone
So let you love be the wind to bring us
Be the light to guide us; be the wind to bring us home

Convict Us

Written By: James Diffenderfer

Many plans a man has in his heart
But I am told the Lord directs his steps
Can you tell me then, please will you tell me
How I ended up where I stand?

Did I get lost along the way?
Did I slip and fall out of sight, out of your mind
Never to be found again?
I thought you said you’d never let me go
Or perhaps it was the sin I so carelessly stumbled in
That caused me not to hear your voice guiding me along
And without you as my guide
I grew so comfortable to the sound of silence night after night after night

Oh convict us of complacency
Convict us of these miserable lives that we lead; teach us to follow

I lived selfishly, now I see, I am the one who has led myself here; to solidarity
God you give us ears to hear yet minds to think for ourselves
Who then can say that you are unjust?

Oh convict us of complacency
Convict us of these miserable lives that we lead

I’ve been numb for quite some time
Paid no mind to who I’ve become
I fear now I’ve wandered too far away
For your voice to reach my ears

Capo

Written By: James Diffenderfer

This is me I’m working on
Can’t you see I need work done on me now?
Don’t we all have our flaws?
I’ll admit I’ve lied to you
Turned away when faced with truth
It’s just something we all with go through
But it’s time I lived like love means letting go
Of ourselves so others can live

Think not of the mess we’ve made of our lives through choices made
Perhaps we’ll all just fall back into place
I don’t know what has come over me
I’m afraid to look in the mirror for what I might see
Cause this world’s done a number on us all
And ‘til death does his part we’ll be stuck here forever

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Praise the One who died in our place
Cause I’m a wretch for all I’ve done
But still you love me like your son
And I never could have won your perfect love
Now I need you here with me
Just like the flowers need the bees
What beautiful simplicity
How I was made to be with you

Discography

All Things New LP - Release Date: April 19th, 2011

Set List

This is the Way
Abort! Abort!
Convict Us
Alone
Depths
All Things New
Capo