Track 4 – Good To Be Alive

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The singer/songwriter in me, who is more inclined to sing of poignancy than out and out joy, felt a little nervous about putting such a straight-up pop song on the record. But the fact my kids consider it their favorite of all the songs their dad has recorded gives me some much needed perspective 🙂  I’m also grateful to have had such a life-affirming song to add to the mix of songs about fear and shame. I think it brings a buoyancy to the album and the record as a whole would feel very different without it.

Check out the song diary Doug McKelvey filmed for the song–and watch through to the end for the payoff:

Good To Be Alive
(Jason Gray / Jason Ingram / Brandon Heath)

Hold on
Is this really the life I am living?
Cause I don’t feel like I deserve it
Every day that I wake and every breath that I take you’ve given
Right here, right now
While the sun is shining down

I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow
Love like I’m on borrowed time
It’s good to be alive

Hold on
If the life that we’ve been given
Is made beautiful in the living
And the joy that I get brings joy to the heart of the giver
Then right here, right now
This is the song I’m singing out

I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow
Love like I’m on borrowed time
It’s good to be alive

I won’t take it for granted
I won’t waste another second
All I want is to give you
A life well lived to say, “thank you”

 


15 Comments

  1. lefthand30

    Hmmmm, everybody must be at lunch. Over half an hour since this song was posted and no comments, yet. Okay, I’ll go ahead and do that. I really like the video you posted with this song. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life, both the good stuff and the not so good stuff. With all the blessings God gives to each of us, why shouldn’t we go all out as we live our lives. Too often we get bogged down in the negative or the things we don’t have. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Jon Pausley

    J-Gray, I like the song, and it was great in the video to see more of your life outside of camp! Hoping to be at your concert in Ottumwa in October.

  3. Deb

    D’oh! I bought a CD, hope it pays for a part of that speeding ticket. 🙂 I know what you mean about hitting the gas when you get passionate about something. I’ll be driving 2 hours to see you (and Aaron and Downhere) next month, hope I don’t get a ticket because of my excitement.

  4. Dan R.

    If I weren’t saving my allotment of exclamation marks and capital letters for “Nothing Is Wasted” I’d probably say more emphatically (at least online) how well-executed and well-written I think this record is. And for my part, I tend to be ambivalent at best about “straight-up pop” songs as well, but I think this song sounds great, like it was very well put-together. So thanks and congratulations to you, Jason, and everybody else who was responsible for that.

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    Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    And the winner is… Jen Rose! You’re right, it is indeed the next single 🙂 Hopefully after we persuade WPOZ to play Remind Me Who I Am, first (will last week’s KLOVE add help I hope? 😉

  6. Tenika Dye

    Love the video! Love the song! I have the CD for almost a week and this one I can imagine us playing on J103! 🙂 I definitely think it is radio worthy! I wasn’t surprised to see co-writers are Jason Ingram and Brandon Heath…has their “feel”…if that makes sense.

  7. Kristen Anna

    Love this, Jason! Especially since I live down the road from Nowhere, somewhere north of A Place Called Hope 😉 (Owatonna)

  8. Heather Shelton

    Me and the kiddos listened to this song on the way home from swim today and so I googled it when we got home to share with friends on FB. I was pleased that we found this snippet into a day in the life of you : ) Thank You for sharing, we love your music!

  9. Joy

    Is this really a pop song? I guess maybe it is but that’s not how I hear it. I lived the first half of my life seeking death and contemplating suicide. Praise God, He healed me and I am now walking free and am so incredibly thankful to be alive. For me this song speaks to this new place I’m in and expresses where I’m at today – heartfelt thanks, hope and at-long-last… joy. :) Thank you.

  10. Pat

    Love the song!! Have rhuematoid arthritis and it has come out of remission to the “severe” stage – this song really reminds me of the life God intends us to live. Thanks!!

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