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Going Through The Motions


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poodyglitz

 Genre: Gospel

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As I've been noticing a good number of people's older works being posted, it seemed appropriate to take this one out of mothballs.

This is a Christmas song from a slightly different persepctive, written specificaly for professing Christians. It was recorded in 1994 for what was supposed to be a debut album. However, through a series of unfortunate events, this and other songs ended up pretty much as demos.

With the exception of two of the background vocals, I'm performing everything. Unfortunately, I ended up having to mix the song myself as the guy who owned the studio eventually admitted that he didn't have such a great ear.

Posting this also buys me time -- as well as inspire me -- to actually compose something else new.

Conceptually, this song may not be everyone's cup of tea. Musically, someone may find it interesting.
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Lyrics
When I was six years old
Christmas was the time of year
For exchanging gifts in Christmas cheer
Then my heart grew cold
The meaning went its merry way
It was just another holiday
But now, as I draw near to you
The more I know what is true

Praise the Lord I'm not just
Going throught the motions anymore

Many believe you lived
Born the Son of God in man
Bringing love into the land
But trivial thoughts they give
Thinking so habitual
So given in to ritual
But some have given their lives to You
For a relationship that's genuinely true

Praise the Lord they're not just
Going through the motions anymore

Baby Jesus, in a manger
Born in poverty
Grew into a man
Who shed His blood on Calvary

We've got to do it right
No reflex Christianity
No seasonal insanity
Jesus is the Light
Celebrate Him every day
As a people let us pray
Lord, we want to worship You
In all that we say and do

Praise the Lord we're not just
Going through the motions anymore

©1994 Phil Donaldson
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Comments: 9
Fans: 2
Plays: 206
Downloads: 158

Uploaded: Jan 16, 2006 - 07:01:57 AM
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2006 - 09:09:05 PM Last Played: Jan 07, 2018 - 05:02:44 PM
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Hardware:
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Comments
Roxylee said 4536 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
This is great!
Very creative vocal work and great message! I like this a lot. The style
reminds me of Stevie Wonder. Upbeat and refreshing!
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poodyglitz said 4536 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
This is great!
Wow, the first comment for this song. I was wondering if any Christians
were listening to this. Cool. Thanks for listening. Yes, I've been told
many times that I sound like Stevie Wonder. It'll probably be written on
my tombstone. :-)
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RickW said 4536 days ago (January 21st, 2006)
Outstanding!
Hey Phil, this is great! Wonderful lyrics, playing, and singing. I encourage
you to write some new material for the Lord.

There are a number of Christians on this site besides Roxylee and myself.
I'll send you a list.

God bless,

Rick
Check out my latest song called Catherine
RickW said 4536 days ago (January 21st, 2006)
Outstanding!
Hey Phil, this is great! Wonderful lyrics, playing, and singing. I encourage
you to write some new material for the Lord.

There are a number of Christians on this site besides Roxylee and myself.
I'll send you a list.

God bless,

Rick
Check out my latest song called Catherine
said 4429 days ago (May 8th, 2006)
Good voice
Yes, definitely write some more. You sound good in the vocals and I
really like the musical arrangement of the verses. We all need good, well
thought songs, and yes, there are many people listening to the songs.!!
It's good. Have fun and God Bless.
Scott Carmichael said 4301 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
blindsided me
I found your forum post "christian artists" to be the most
comprehensive and concise.... so I followed up and listened to what
you were doing... You have a unique and fresh approach... not at all
canned or contrived.... I love your voice... it's very much like your
writing... presice and on target... the technical and musical skills in this
post are impresive... I'm suprised that I haven't run across you until
now

great work
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elfdaughter said 3513 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
Foot-tapping
Awesome christmas song. Very creative work and, as Roxy said - great message.

LOVE the vocal work - you have one stunning voice! Even though I'm not Christian, I celebrate Yule AND Christmas (my parents are Christian) and I find that a lot of Christian songs are just wonderful music (especially the old hymns). This is definitely a favourite, and I think that it's a shame that it hasn't had more comments. Just because a song is Christian-based it doesn't mean it should be avoided simply because of the content. Especially when it is as well performed and produced like this.
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poodyglitz said 3512 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
It Takes All Kinds...
...to make a community. Thanks for visiting. For some reason, I was checking these old posts and found a new comment. I appreciate your open-mindedness and candor. I've been away from MacJams and have made my way back with a renewed mandate to do and share music.

Actually, this time around, I'd like to experience what the site was created for — collaborations.

Thanks again for listening.
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awigze said 3493 days ago (November 28th, 2008)
Lord of Heaven and Earth
Great tune - solid vocals. Thanks for posting this. Jesus is Lord of everything
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Char said 2451 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
I don't think
I've heard a praise song with this vibe. Great vocal. Thanks.
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