New Songs

  • Dreaming And Flying

    Dreaming And Flying

    When I was a child I used to dream that I was able to fly. It seemed so real; the sensation of the wind in my face, the excitement of looking down at the houses and trees in my neighborhood, the feeling of moving fast through the air without the limitations of being earthbound. Sometimes I actually believed I was close to achieving a certain focus that would enable me to close my eyes, spread out my arms and take flight!

    Alas, those dreams were a long time ago, before adulthood, responsibilities, disappointments, pain, the hard work that living sometimes seems to be. However, there is still a seed of hope in me and lately it’s growing again!

    In “The Lion King,” Simba, the young lion cub, begins to grow up and becomes aware that something primal is missing in his life. You see, he was destined to become the Lion King in place of his father, Mufasa, but because of the deceit of his wicked uncle Skar, Simba believed he had caused the death of his father and he ran away. Simba believed a lie and because of fear and shame gave up on his dream of being the Lion King. He stopped believing he could fly. One night, when his identity crisis had reached its breaking point, Simba heard the voice of his Father from the sky saying “you have forgotten who you are and you’ve forgotten me,” and, my favorite line: “you are more than you’ve become.”

    Our Heavenly Father is saying the same thing to his people. We are more than we’ve become. He is not saying it reproachfully, but in a loving and empowering way. If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new species, a new creation. We were created to fly; not just in the sweet bye and bye, but here… now. By the grace of God we see the invisible, we hear the inaudible, we explore the unsearchable, we declare the unspeakable.  Through the Holy Spirit we live in two realities at the same time: the physical world and the spiritual realm. As a new species in Jesus, we can dream again, His dream for us is much grander and nobler (and at times, harder, but so worth it) than our dreams without Him. Indeed, dream because the God who knows you the best has put dreams in your heart.

    So, spread your wings, live your dreams, catch the sky and fly!

    Youtube video: “Fly” (David Baroni from “The Wild and The Wonder”)

    download “The Wild and The Wonder” from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wild-and-the-wonder/id918173376

    order physical CD The Wild and The Wonder: http://bit.ly/wildandthewonder

  • “Piano Praying” and “Once Upon A Sunset”

    I have recently completed two instrumental music projects: “Piano Praying” and “Once Upon A Sunset.”

    Piano Praying has just over an hour of  new compositions starting with “Morning Prayer” and is perfect for quiet time, soft dinner music, and the title describes the music very well, it’s piano praying!  I was talking with my friend Robin Smith, who with me and several others are the leaders of the Franklin Prayer House. He suggested that I do a prayer music CD. Of course, I have several instrumentals that serve that purpose very well, but this album is the first one that is specifically designed for that purpose. Hope you enjoy it. You can order the physical CD or get the mp3s from Cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon.com.  Here is a youtube video of Entering The Gates.

    Once Upon A Sunset is a first. I wrote and recorded 10 new songs with a “kingdom jazz” flavor. My friend Morris Chapman had some nice things to say, unsolicited by me, but greatly appreciated:

    “David, I am not saying this just because we are friends, this is one of your best CD’S. I hope a lot of people get to hear and experience what I felt today. Tea Truck #5 is off the charts. Every cut is wonderful….brought out the writer in me as I was listening!”
    Psalm 32:7 Papa Morris

    Here are the links to download from CDbaby, iTunes and Amazon. You can order the physical CD here and here is a youtube video of the song inspired by my grandchildren: “Tea Truck”.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rita and I would appreciate you spreading the word about this new music!

    Godrest and Godspeed,
    David Baroni

    Note: Order from whichever download service you prefer, however I want you to know that you will benefit our music ministry the most if you purchase your digital download by making your purchase thru CD Baby.com links. These mp3s are compatible with iTunes or any music player.

     

  • Overcome

    When a lot of you read the title of this post, perhaps you thought of the word “overcome” as an exhortation to perform in such as a way as to achieve victory. Work harder, pray enough, trust more, etc. Well, that is the furthest from my mind as I write this. It wearies me to even think in those terms, though I was a prisoner of depending on my own efforts for many years and still fall into that trap if not reminded, yes even  overcome, by the gospel.

    My good friend Dudley Hall compares a legalistic emphasis on performance to what he calls the “do-to-be” tree.  If we will (do this) then God will…  When Adam and Eve sinned, into mankind entered the staggering weight of self-sufficiency. As another preacher friend, Adrian Varlack., puts it: “Before the fall, man had no self preservation instinct.” Indeed, because of the Presence of a loving Heavenly Father Who provided everything that man needed, self-sufficiency wasn’t even thought about. Thanks be to God for the beauty of the gospel! God in His love is the Initiator, and He even gives us the power to respond to Him and to the good news appropriately. Jesus has overcome and when I think about His love, His grace and power and acceptance revealed to me through the Cross, the resurrection and His sometimes tangible Presence in my life… I am overcome!

    Last week Rita and I were in Grand Rapids, MI, ministering and sharing songs and laughs with dear friends John and Donna Chisum. I had some time at the piano and was inspired, and overcome, by the Presence of the Lord as He gave me this song. It’s quickly become very dear to my heart and I hope it will encourage you in the Love of God as well. It’s called “Overcome.” (click the link for a youtube video of an unplugged version of the song.)

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    “OVERCOME”

    Gentle Jesus meek and mild
    Heaven’s Lion fierce and wild
    Watching for this wand’ring child
    To welcome me back home
    So strong and yet so tenderly
    You run again to rescue me
    When You reveal Your heart for me
    I am overcome

    Overwhelmed and overflowing
    Overcome by the knowing
    That God the Savior is my friend
    I am overcome

    When youth has long forsaken me
    I hope that those who look still see
    Your light within my eyes
    Where does this kind of love come from?
    I was an orphan now I’m a son
    When I remember all You’ve done
    I am overcome

    Overwhelmed and overflowing
    Overcome by the knowing
    That God the savior is my friend
    I am overcome

    “Overcome” Words and Music by David Baroni/2014  Kingdomsongs Inc./BMI/CCLI