I grew up in South Florida where Palm trees are plentiful. It was very exciting when a coconut fell from one of the trees, and I opened one up. I started by peeling off the hairy husk, to get to the hard, inner core. Next, I used a hammer to crack open the seed of the coconut, and drained the juice out. Then, I decided to take a bite of the coconut meat–yuck! The sour tasting coconut juice, mixed with the bland flavor of the coconut was not pleasant. But when coconut is taken to a processing plant where it is extracted from the seed, and transformed into sweetened white flakes–oh, what a difference it makes. I was thinking about this as I sunk my teeth into one of my Lindor milk chocolate, coconut truffles yesterday.
When writing songs it’s kind of like that coconut, as it goes through a similar transformation process. First, a song might simply be an idea or theme with a great hook (title, or catchy chorus opener). You may have a few verse lines maybe; but you think how is this skeleton outline ever going to develop into anything with potential. But after many rewrites and getting just the right rhymes, word pictures, metaphors, etc., it can turn out to be a full-fledged song. Just like the transformation of the coconut, a song can become a delightful, memorable masterpiece. That’s what I like about songwriting; I am an artist who shapes lyrics and melody into a musical masterpiece.
When I think of transformation from a spiritual aspect, I am reminded of what’s in store for us, who have accepted Jesus Christ, when we arrive in heaven. Revelation 7:16 says, “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;” –we cannot even fathom what He has prepared for us compared to this world. Our bodies will no longer be like the temporary “tents” that wear out, but strong houses built for all eternity. God gives us only an inkling of all the splendor of heaven we will behold, “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2) All the beauty of creation that we have here on Earth is no contest for the glorious days ahead for us as believers. I can only imagine the perfect songs we will sing with angelic voices, when we are praising our Savior and our God on His heavenly throne. If I had to compare, it would be like the difference between the children’s ‘Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah!’ praise chorus, and the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah! We have much to look forward to in heaven. Will I have Palm trees that grow Almond Joys in my backyard? We’ll see!