Song of the Day: Andrew Osenga

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How can you not feel a blush of hope when you listen to this one? I remember at a meeting of the Nashville Weaklings a few years back, Andy played this song and asked us what we thought about the bridge. He wasn’t sure about it, he said. We told him he was a crazy foo’, that the bridge was great. It’s a good thing he believed us, or my favorite part of this song might not have made the cut. And then the world would have broken, or something.

This is called “New Beginning,” from The Morning, which is available on iTunes, here in the Rabbit Room, and at Andy’s website. See, we try to make it as easy as possible for you good people to support us.

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As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


10 Comments

  1. Chris R

    The bridge is what made my friend decide to buy this album. I thank God for songs like this. Honest, true, beautiful. I know I have felt the sentiment about a prayer rising, a feeling that I want to communicate to God, but have no idea how. And I thank God that that is enough, that he knows the words.

  2. Chris Hubbs

    A crazy foo’, indeed! For the bridge is the best part. I really enjoy, too, the way Andy has rewritten the third verse for more recent performances. Good, good stuff.

  3. Shawn

    I’ve enjoyed this picture of new life ever since I got this CD. Well done, Andy.

    On a related note, we are almost to the place in the alphabet for the Proprietor to post one of his own. Any chance of getting a sneak peak at a song from the new album?!?!?

  4. Chris Hubbs

    Ron, I was gonna try to pull it out from memory, but didn’t want to butcher it. Fortunately, AO’s search function works on his blog.

    http://www.andyosenga.com/2006/12/15/new-beginning/

    I’m tired of being an angry man
    I’ve hid inside for far too long,
    you kept your vow and held my hand
    while I looked for God in rhyme and song,
    our girls are dancing in their dreams,
    the promise of a better life,
    I want to be a father full of grace
    and a loving husband to my wife…

    Which makes it even more poignant for me as the father of two girls…

  5. Bret Welstead

    I got goosebumps the first time I heard this one, when he was in Lincoln a year ago. The third verse (rewritten) is about as convicting and inspiring a bit of poetry as ever I’ve heard.

    One of the things that I truly love about the Rabbit Room artists, and long for in my own songwriting, is the under-current (and sometimes over-current) of hope that ebbs and flows unrelenting through their songs. I feel like it mirrors how God shows me hope. Sometimes it’s overt and larger than life, easy to see. But other times it’s hidden, yet still undiluted and beautiful and inspiring and strong.

    This is a theme of my life lately, I suppose, and these songs are a reminder of the reality of Christ, and the hope He brings.

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    Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    Good thoughts, Bret. The hope of which these artists write usually includes the recognition of the deep darkness from which the hope springs. It’s the contrast of the pain and beauty which makes the songs so believable. The bridge in this song seems to go on for a long time, just like the often long stretches of pain in our lives. Breaking free into the arms of God or better put, resting in the midst of our struggles in the arms of God, makes the pain seem worthwhile. Andy O. is a songwriting stud.

  7. Josh

    Easily my favorite Osenga song. I’ve loved all of AO’s music since the moment I heard him play this song at the Ryman at Andrew Peterson’s Christmas show two or three years ago. Right before he played it he told the crowd that he had re written the third verse on the way to the show from seeing his new born daughter in the hospital. I remember he had written the new words on a piece of paper and had to put it on the music stand in front of him to make sure he didn’t forget it, and from that moment on I knew this guy was something else. Been a fan ever since.

  8. Michael Anthony Curan

    Put this on Noisetrade.com cause i have no money to buy this online and no physical Cd available here in the Philippines huhuhuhuh

    love this album

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