Sunday, June 20, 2010

Song Insight: “Spiritual Honeymoon”

Composer: Greg Hintermeister, ©2000
Arranged: Greg Hintermeister
Performed by: Greg Hintermeister
Recorded: 2005 in Hint of Light Studios
Emotions: Sad, longing, regret, faint hope

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I love my wife. A lot. It’s a fact that she adds the sparkle to most things in my life. What we share is a deep and profound love I hope to capture in a song someday. We will have been married 17 years this fall.

However, back in 2000 we had a bit of a rough patch. Nothing big. Nothing external. Just a period of feeling blue when we didn’t connect very well. Too busy, too distracted, and a bit too much arguing.

One night we had some friends over and we they asked where we had our honeymoon…so we ended up showing them photos. That really made me blue.  It had only been 7 years earlier but we were already looking and feeling older; the pressures of life were taking their toll (at least on me).

I got to thinking: Wouldn’t it be great to go back to the way things were on that honeymoon?
Young. Crazy in love. Completely care-free. No mortgage. No kids. No stressful job. No commitments.

Just us.

Just me and my beautiful wife, in a beautiful location, with nothing on the agenda but beach, love, food…and mini-golf.

To go back to a place, a time, a spiritual anchor-point where we could just be with each other. A sense of clarity where looking deep into her eyes, watching her every breath, and exploring the world with her was what I was meant for.Deck

From that brief glimpse back into our first weeks of marriage, this song emerged.

A few years later in 2005 we ended up playing this song live at our church during a week focusing on relationships. In a way our rough patch, and this song, provided healing not only to our marriage but possibly to other relationships as well. Crazy how God works to provide good out of the not good.

Today, nearly 17 years later, I am grateful that our marriage is stronger than ever. We’ve learned that it’s a lot of constant work…and worth every effort. My wife has become even more beautiful, patient, adventurous, lovely, chef-like (a very important characteristic in a beautiful marriage) and Godly. Me? I hope I’ve become better, too. All I can say is that I look forward to every chance we can spent together…from travel to NYC (to see each season), to Paris, Florida, or even 40 minutes taxiing our four kids around town…

…as long as we’re together…

…everything sparkles.

Technical Specifics: Recording Unit: Cakewalk MIDI software, Soundscape DAW
Drums: Alesis DM-Pro
Guitar: Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody II – 1 lead track (clean and solo), 3 rhythm tracks 
Guitar Effects: Line 6 Pod Pro
Bass: Keyboards (Roland RD-500)
Keys: Piano Roland RD-500)

Lyrics ©2000 Greg Hintermeister
Verse 1:
Here we are - in the aftermath
of the 115th argument we’ve had
You said your bit I said mine
now we’re spiraling down another emotional pit

Remember when - we were young
All we had were hopes and dreams for two
I loved you “Happily Ever After” was coming true

Verse 2:
Now we sit - in the afterglow 

of passion so strong it burned within my eye 
Now we lie 
Next to each other wondering where did it go?

Remember when - we would kiss 

The earth would shake and stars fall to the sea 
You loved me I held you close enough to feel you breathe

Lets go back to the way we were 

a love so strong I’d need a rendezvous…with you 
What we need is a spiritual honeymoon

Verse 3:
Here’s our chance - no more afterthought 

Tonight we make a vow to start again 
no more you….versus me 
We’ve got to stop this fighting and agree

Remember when - we would pray 

We’d hold hands and fall down to our knees 
We believed Nothing could come between us…how naive

Lets go back to the way we were 

a love so strong I’d need a rendezvous…with you 
All we need is a spiritual honeymoon


We’re still here in the afterwards 

Struggling to find reason to go on 
Our eyes meet….the spark is gone 
How do we decide….to stay or move on
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