Being Who You’re Born to Be

As any artist of any kind can tell you, following your heart and your soul and your muse to create something meaningful is very hard, especially when you are creating in the midst of criticism. I’ve dealt with my fair share of critics over the years, usually in the form of people who want to categorize me and the music that I make. Often I find myself being pigeonholed into a genre or a niche that I never really wanted to be put in.

I started out in 1989 singing, writing, and performing as part of an a cappella gospel quartet. From there, I moved on to writing and recording and performing with a much more contemporary a cappella group, still within the Christian arena. When I started doing solo stuff, I knew I wanted to stick with a cappella music because that is where my strengths lie, but I wanted to write songs that were a little more open… about more than just my faith. I realized that if I truly wanted to make a difference in people’s lives with my music, I had to be willing to meet people where they are and write songs that anybody can relate to, not just Christians. This is why so many of my songs (including every song on my most recent album and the one before that, Frame of Mind) are a bit more ambiguous than what I was writing with the gospel groups. A Christian hears a song as a love song to God, while a non-Christian might hear it as a love song to my wife. By doing this, God has opened so many doors for me to form relationships with people who would never sit and listen to someone preach. We bond through the power of music!

Here’s the point: We were all born to be something, and we should all strive to be what God has created us to be, regardless of what kind of genre or niche people try to place us in. I make music because I can’t NOT make music! It’s taken me a long time to figure it out, but it’s what I was born to do. The song below is simply an expression of that desire, and hopefully it can be an encouragement to you, too. Enjoy!

Time after time, I’ve tried to tell you
and day after day, I’ve tried to show you.
You don’t know me the way you think you do.
I’m just trying to show you who I am.

If you can’t take me as I am, please listen to me.
I’m just trying to be what I was born to be.
If you can’t see what I was made for, let me show you me.
I’m just trying to be what I was born to be.

Have you ever felt out of place?
And have you ever wanted to hide your face?
Are you living your life the way it was meant to be?
I just want to show you who you are.

I can take you as you are, please listen to me.
Just try to be what you were born to be.
If you don’t know what you were made for, just try to see.
I’m just trying to show you what you were born to be.

Words and Music by Eric Gwin.
Copyright (C) 2017 Clockwork Music BMI.
All sounds vocally or anatomically produced.

 

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Sunday Songs, Volume Three

shabby-distressed-antique-hymnal-book_1_ece876c7abd2eed72b85bcf7aa0b8b93Although I am a fan of all music (well, almost all… with the possible exception of country music), I have a very special place in my heart for the old hymns that I grew up singing in church. In fact, this love of hymns has led me to take up collecting old hymnals and also going on to casually record a couple of a cappella hymns albums of my own.

Through these recent experiences with the hymns, I have discovered several really cool things that I guess I already knew, but never really noticed.

First of all, people really, REALLY like hymns! Music is a powerful thing, in that it not only entertains us, but also brings memories and experiences to the surface that may have been forgotten. A familiar melody can invoke feelings and emotions that take us back to certain events in our lives, almost like time travel. For many, the hymns remind us of childhood memories like Sunday school, wooden pews, and fellowship with the family of God.

Also, music has a healing power that soothes the soul and brings comfort in times of sorrow. I continue to hear from people who listen to my hymns CDs, telling me how much these songs mean to them, especially when they are struggling. This isn’t ME helping them through this, mind you, this is the MUSIC! It’s a beautiful thing!

It’s because of this power that music holds that I continue to create. It is my goal to make art that has this kind of healing power, whether it’s through my own original material or through hymns that people know and love.

Well, I am pleased to tell you that I now have a new collection of hymns available for you to experience. The third volume of Sunday Songs was released last week as a download, with a physical CD coming out in early January. All the profits from this collection of 15 songs (like the previous 2 volumes), will go to funding my medical mission trip to Malawi in June, 2019. You can listen to it right here:

 

If you like what you hear, click the BUY button, and also feel free to SHARE this music with someone you think will enjoy it. I REALLY want as many people as possible to experience this album of great old hymns… not just because the money generated is going to a great cause, but because this music truly does have the power to heal.

Check it out, and let me know what you think!

God Bless!

–Eric

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Teaser for Malawi Mobile Clinic Documentary

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As you probably already know from reading my posts here, I have been blessed to be a part of multiple mission trips over the past several years to the country of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. … Continue reading

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A Poem for my Bride

23 years ago today, I married Meloney, the woman that God has given me to love for the rest of my life. While reflecting back on my married life, I got inspired, so here is a little something poetic: At … Continue reading

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Sunday Songs, Volume Two

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A couple of years ago, in a series of Sunday afternoon tracking and mixing sessions, I put together (almost by accident!) Sunday Songs, a CD of old traditional hymns that I grew up singing. These songs were just songs that I … Continue reading

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Big things brewing in 2018…

How far into the new year is it still appropriate to say, “Happy New Year”? I’m not sure. As of this writing, we’re almost a month in. However, since this my first post of 2018, I’ll say it anyway: Happy … Continue reading

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A Savior Is Born

On Christmas Eve, 1992, I wrote my first-ever Christmas song. It was during an extremely  productive period of my life, where God was blessing me with a new song practically every day. Because of the time of the year, my … Continue reading

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