First off, a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded, streamed, listened, shared, commented, liked, and even thought about "Jericho" at all. You guys rock!!
I touched a little bit about the story behind "Jericho" in my interview with The Odyssey Online but now I'm here to give you all the juicy details!
When I first moved to Nashville, I was excited to take a leap into the unknown, but I knew that there needed to be a lot of prayer involved if I was going to be successful! I started reading a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The Circle Maker relays the story of Honi, a man from ancient times who drew a circle around himself and refused to come out of it until God answered his prayer for his people. The book encourages everyone to pray circles around their dreams, like Honi did with his relentless faith.
After reading this book, I started walking circles around Music Row and prayed over and around every music building. I walked down 16th and walked circles around the publishing companies and entertainment groups. I circled my publishing rights organization, BMI, and prayed that their hearts would be open to me and my music. I circled record labels, praying that doors would be open for me, and circled many other buildings that I didn't even know what they were!
As I walked circles around Music Row praying, I felt a lot like Joshua who circled around Jericho. As recorded in the book of Joshua in the Bible, the Lord instructed Joshua and his army to walk around Jericho, a city that was promised to the Israelites. Joshua and his army walked around Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day, seven priests blew their horns and the army walked around Jericho seven times and gave a big shout. Then, the walls came crumbling down and the city was given over to the Israelites.
I'm astounded by Joshua and the Israelites' faith in this story. How would you feel if you needed to take over a city and you were instructed to simply walk around it a total of 13 times and then blow through a horn? That tremendous faith is what inspired me to try and have faith and hope during my move to Nashville.
This idea of "Jericho" as a song was obviously very personal and pivotal to me so I sat on the idea for 3 years until I found the right person to write it with. I ended up writing the song with my producer, Tommy Harden, from a metaphor-perspective of trying to win someone's heart - because I often feel like I'm trying to win hearts here in Nashville!
I decided to call my whole EP Jericho because every song captures some sort of journey I've had while living in Nashville and I cannot wait to share the rest of my stories with you through my EP!!
My hope for you when you listen to "Jericho," is that you're inspired to circle around something that seems unreachable. I hope you keep going after what you've been working so hard to achieve until the walls fall down.
So let's keep marching!
Remember that time we heard the story about Iceland that was passed down through the ever-trustworthy medium of American oral tradition? The story of the Vikings naming Iceland "Greenland" and Greenland "Iceland" so that they could confuse their enemies? Well...I have two theories about this story.
A. American oral tradition has failed us.
B. The Vikings arrived to Iceland during the dog days of summer.
Iceland is aptly named in the winter. While the temperatures are similar to Nashville in the winter (between 25-30 degrees), the 30 mph winds made me feel like I was traipsing through the North Pole half-naked.
But, the winter wonderland scenery made it all worth it!
Iceland surprised me in a lot of ways.
1. They generally like America. (and even have statues commemorating the great friendship between the US and Iceland)
2. They seem proud of their Lutheran heritage.
3. They make killer music.
4. They eat whale.
5. They eat horse.
6. It's CRAZY expensive!
While there, I got to do some pretty awesome things.
I got snowed on at the beach.
I became a Viking.
I rode an Icelandic horse through snowy mountain passages.
I saw the iciest waterfall ever.
I went SWIMMING in the Blue Lagoon during a sleet storm.
I saw the Northern Lights!
I also ate some pretty crazy things too- like Puffin and Whale (don't worry, I didn't have Horse!) I would say Puffin and Whale are both pretty slimy...so...probably won't have those again. But, the best thing I had was an Icelandic hot dog with potato salad on top!(Ok, I'm not 100% sure what kind of meat the hot dog was made out of...I hope it wasn't horse.)
All in all, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I never thought I would ever go to Iceland, but I did! But now, I'm ready to be warm. Bahamas...here I come!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.