Song of the Day: Jason Gray

By

I love when Jason Gray and his family stop in at the Warren for a visit. My kids love it too, even when the Gray kids aren’t with them, partly because they love to hear Jason tell stories. Usually when someone’s telling me a story that I’ve already heard I stop them mid-sentence, but with Jason we lean in like we’re hearing it for the first time.

Jason’s newest album is a collection of live performances and stories from the road called Acoustic Storytime, and you can get it on iTunes and at his website. I picked two tracks for your listening pleasure. The first is an excellent song he co-wrote with Andy Gullahorn called “The Reason That You Brought Me Here”, and the second is one of the stories we’ve heard in our living room about seven times.

 

THE REASON WHY YOU BROUGHT ME HERE

I know I’d get an answer
That I can’t understand
If I ask that Your intentions be made clear
I know Your plans are greater
And in that greater plan
Lie the reasons why You brought me here

This story would be different
If it were only mine to write
There are secrets I would never volunteer
But secrets lose their power
When they have no place to hide
Maybe that is why You brought me here

Ooooh, all I see are the ruins
Yeah, as the smoke starts to clear
Ooooh, I hope You know what You’re doin’
‘Cause You brought me here

It’s a mess of my own making
This I won’t deny
And though the consequences shake my heart with fear
If I was happy with the way things were
I’d give more of a fight
I guess I’m grateful that you brought me here

Ooooh, all I see are the ruins
Yeah, as the smoke starts to clear
Ooooh, I hope You know what You’re doin’
‘Cause You brought me here

And if it’s hard to raise the white flag it’s even harder to believe
That surrendering is worth the sacrifice
And the very thing I always feared would be the end of me
Was a way to come alive

Now it hurts to be this broken
But it’s bearable somehow
As the chance to prove I’m worthy disappears
I always heard You loved me
But I think I know it now
Is that the reason why You brought me here
I’m grateful that You brought me here

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.


21 Comments

  1. euphrony

    “Loose that tongue!”

    I’ve been loving Acoustic Storytime for a couple of months. I laugh at that story every time. Salty hands, indeed.

  2. Tony Heringer

    Barliman,

    Featuring a two-fer from Jason on the day when U2’s “No Line On The Horizon” debuts is wholly appropriate. Bono connected Jason and I as we bantered about a Bono biography. That led me to his music.

    Jason’s music has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it. He made a big impression on my son this past January at a show in TN. Not just the song, but the story that went with it as it articulated his own heart in relation to faith in Christ. We listened to this album on our way back to GA enjoying the stories and music of a dear brother in Christ.

    The Heringers are looking forward to catching up with Jason the first part of April when he is playing in Canton, GA http://www.acousticjeremiah.com/#/schedule/4526429046 Anyone in the area be sure to catch the show, you will not regret it.

  3. Paula Shaw

    Wow! That was incredible. I never thought of brokenness as being a virtue for myself, or a channel of healing for others. That’s so totally true though! When I look back over the last 5 years of my life, I can see the places where God used the brokenness I was in to bring healing to others (as well as to myself) , and I can see the places where that same brokenness wrought goodness in me. Now, on the other side of those 5 years of “dark night”, I am so grateful for the brokenness, for the times when the only thing I could hold onto was the fact that God was still holding on to me, because it seemed I had surely let go. “The Reason Why You Brought Me Here” is an incredibly insightful and uplifting song. Thanks for sharing it. Now, I’m gonna go fetch it for myself!

  4. mike

    Very Lyle Lovett-ish

    I have enjoyed Jason’s writings here in the Rabbit Room. I will certainly have to round up some of your music, Jason.

    Thanks

  5. Emily

    I’ve been telling myself this for quite some time now, and I’m about to say it again, I have got to get this album. Thanks for sharing. I needed it.

  6. LauraP

    This reminds me of that Leonard Cohen line in “Anthem” – there is a crack, a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.”

    I’m learning that in my most cracked and broken moments, that’s when the warmth of the Light can finally reach the coldest and darkest parts of me. What an amazing God we have that He doesn’t just restore us to wholeness, but takes us beyond that to something better than we were before we broke.

    So today I’m going to give myself over to the idea that “the very thing I always feared would be the end of me” is, in fact, “a way to come alive”.

  7. Kaitlyn

    Loose That Tongue is my favorite story. I have never had the opportunity to hear it live and in person, but it still gets me every time.

  8. Mike

    Its official. After doing a little reading and listening, I am a Jason Gray fan. I hope I get to see Jason in Canton Ga in April. Thanks again AP for posting this.

  9. Stacy Grubb

    I have Acoustic Storytime (as well as two other Jason Gray CD’s) and it’s one of my favorite in my entire CD collection. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and making fun of the way he talks a few months ago (don’t gasp just yet…I meant the MN accent). Thanks to Yahoo! maps, I missed all but the last song and story of his set, but it was a wonderful night and I’m glad to have my CD’s and Lovely Loser t shirt! This song is one that, if you relate to it, you relate in a big way and can’t help but cry upon hearing it. I love the idea of Acoustic Storytime, especially since Jason is as talented at storytelling as he is with music. I’m a diehard Jason Gray fan.

    Stacy

  10. Breann

    I became a Jason Gray fan after hearing “Everything I Own” as the song of the day a while back. Thanks for introducing me to great artists.

  11. Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    Hey all! Just wanted to thank you for your kind words and give a shout out to my friend Andy Gullahorn for writing this song with me. I’ve been blessed to collaborate on 4 different songs with Andy, and they are some of my favorite songs I have in my repertoire. Andy brings out the best in me, and of course those of you who know his work would expect that. If you don’t know his work, check it out here in the rabbit room store.

  12. Tony Heringer

    Mike,

    Don’t know if we are going to make it due to a possible spring break trip down to FL. However, the Rabbit hat was funny — don’t know if I could do pink, but if you do it and I’m there, I’d do it for the Room. It’s all about shameless promotion and what could be more shamless than pink bunny hat? 🙂

    Yeah, its Friday.

If you have a Rabbit Room account, log in here to comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *