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Holding Nothing Back (CD)

Holding Nothing Back (CD)
Best known for being the writer of Here I am To Worship - probably one of the most sung worship songs in the global church today. Tim Hughes has now recorded his 3rd studio album, following on from When Silence Falls, which ministered hope to many. H
 
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ISBN/EAN: 5019282506822
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Publisher: KINGSWAY
Pub. Date: 23 March 2007
Author: Tim Hughes
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Best known for being the writer of Here I am To Worship - probably one of the most sung worship songs in the global church today. Tim Hughes has now recorded his 3rd studio album, following on from When Silence Falls, which ministered hope to many. Holding Nothing Back is an explosion of energy, expressing a life of full-on worship to God.

With tracks produced by Matt Bronleewe (Michael W Smith, Rebecca St James & Leeland) and Nathan Nockels (producer of When Silence Falls), the songs are epic and exciting. Tim is joined on guitar by Stu G of Delirious? and Lyle Workman (who plays with Sting), as well as Brooke Fraser (rising singer/songwriter from New Zealand) on guest vocals.

Now with Tim's role as Worship Pastor at Holy Trinity Brompton, London, as well as continuing to head up the worship at the Soul Survivor Festival, his profile is higher than ever. Tim and Al Gordon are also pioneering Worship Central - a bi-monthly gathering for worship leaders and musicians. The Worship Central Podcast recently topped the iTunes podcast chart in the Christianity and Religion category.

Tim also completed a sell out tour of the UK with Delirious? at the end of 2006. Two of the songs on the album were co-written with Martin Smith.

This package includes a biographical DVD of Tim in the studio, songwriting and teaching seminars.

Tracks include:

Happy Day, Almighty God, Clinging to the Cross, God of Justice, Take the World, Living for your Glory, Be my Everything, The Highest and the Greatest, Out of the Darkness

Song by Song

Happy Day
A while ago I was having a conversation with a theologian friend of mine. He was challenging me that there was a lack of new songs that spoke of the resurrection of Christ; that got me thinking. At the time I was reading, “The Empty Cross of Jesus,” by Michael Green. In it I stumbled across a challenge that Michelangelo once laid down to fellow artists who were forever depicting Christ in his death on the cross, ‘Paint him instead the Lord of life.’ With all these thoughts buzzing in my head, I picked up my guitar and began to worship. Fumbling around with some chords and melodies a verse was being formed. I then sang out the chorus, “Oh happy day, happy day, You washed my sin away. Oh happy day, happy day, I’ll never be the same.”

The final stages of the song came when I rehearsed the song with my band. I wondered if there might be one last section of the song to add. My friend Ben, who was playing keys, tried some new chords and I started singing over them. After a few minutes the bridge was complete. The only thing now was to finalise the lyrics. The verses aim to fill our lips with the truth and joy of all that Christ has done for us. My desire, by the time the chorus is reached, is that hearts explode with praise.


The Highest And The Greatest
A friend of mine, Nick Herbert got together with me to play through some song ideas. He started singing this verse, ‘Wake every heart and every tongue, To sing the new eternal song.’ I loved the hymn like feel of the song. He didn’t have a chorus, but wanted the lead line to be, ‘You are the highest, You are the greatest.’ I loved that line - majestic and powerful. Muhammad Ali, once famously said, ‘I am the greatest.’ He was wrong. Jesus is the greatest. There’s nothing higher. There’s none that can rival Him.

We spent the afternoon working on the song and I started singing out a chorus melody. As we bounced ideas back and forth we began to really hone in on the song. By the end of our time together we’d made great progress. The melody felt strong - anthemic and singable. Over the next few weeks we emailed back and forth lyrical ideas. We were keen to maintain a hymn like feel, with lyrics that speak of the greatness of God.

Everything
Reading a Christian poetry book, I stumbled across an old Celtic prayer. The first verse really struck me,

“God to enfold me, God to surround me, God in my speaking, God in my thinking.”

This longing for God to be at the centre of all that we are, and all that we do, really challenged me. So often we de-compartmentalise our faith, sometimes leaving our thoughts of God to Church, reading the bible, praying - this however is so narrow-minded. We need to learn to put God at the centre of our breathing, thinking, resting, working, waking, sleeping, hurting and healing. There’s nothing however seemingly small that we should exclude God from. We need to keep Him as our everything.

The verse and chorus melody came quickly, followed by a bridge melody. Lyrically it felt like the ‘Christ in me the hope of glory,’ perfectly captured everything the song was trying to say. Musically though, it felt like the song needed a section to explode. One time, worshipping with the song in my room, I began to sing the chorus an octave up. From a vocal point of view, to sing it out that high required commitment and passion. Personally I love the fact that you can’t sing this final chorus half-heartedly. It’s all or nothing. Much like our faith needs to be.

Clinging To The Cross
A friend of ours was leading a bible study at a small group my wife and I led. At one point she used this phrase, ‘Clinging to the cross.’ That really resonated with me. So often I feel like I’m ‘just about hanging on in there.’ As Paul said, ‘perplexed but not in despair.’ It brings such comfort and peace to know that I can come and cling to the cross of Christ. There I find forgiveness. There I find a second chance. There I find new life, a new day. There I find a Saviour.

For months these thoughts were brewing within. As often happens when I write, themes stir within for a period of time, before a song is eventually birthed. One morning before heading off to work I started singing out a few lines. I picked up the guitar and worked out the chords. It felt like a great start to a song. I had to leave it there and rush out to get to a meeting. My wife and I cycle to work, (very impressive I hear you say!) which I love. These times are wonderful to allow melodies to form in my head. I often hum and sing stuff out as I pedal away. As I cycled I began singing the verses to this song and then a chorus melody. When I had a chance I picked up the guitar and continued working on the melody.

A while later I met up with Martin Smith to look at some song ideas. I played him the song and he suggested some great melodic tweaks. It was actually in his studio hanging around that I wrote the lyrics for verse two. A good day’s work!

Almighty God
There is a song that goes on all around us. The wind rushing through the trees, the waves lapping against the shore, the birds filling the air with melody. Creation is alive in song, responding to its Creator. A couple of years ago my wife and I spent an extended break, staying in a beautiful house, just outside Sydney, Australia. We were blown away by the glory of creation. Everyday we would marvel at the sights, sounds and smells all around us. Our hearts were stirred to worship. I wanted to write a song on this theme, creation responding to the greatness of God. I spent a long time on the lyrics, describing creation’s praise.

“The rising sun that fills the sky. The starry hosts that lights the night. Reflecting Your glory.”

As I often try to do in my songs, I wanted the chorus to be a response to all we were singing in the verses. Musically I also tried to match this. The verses are brooding, whilst the chorus bursts into life.

The song climaxes in the bridge, “Creation joins as one to sing, Glorious God.” When we worship as gathered church, we join not only with millions of fellow believers throughout the world; we also join with creations praise, lifting up the Almighty God, who is beyond understanding.

God Of Justice
In June 2005, my wife Rachel and I headed off to Tanzania, to spend a week working with Tearfund, a charity based in England. Whilst there we met an amazing lady called Joyce. We visited her home in Uhambingeto, met with her family and heard her story. With no clean accessible water in the village, leaving each night at midnight with an empty container, Joyce would walk for over ten hours until she returned home at around 10am the following morning exhausted. It has been estimated that Joyce has walked the equivalent of three times around the world in the pursuit of water. The injustice of this is overwhelming. How could that still be possible in a world today where so many of us have so much?

When I read the bible, one thing seems abundantly clear; God is passionate about the poor. Jesus made it so clear… “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor (Luke 4:18) In Amos 5, God’s heart burns with anger as He rebukes a people who offer up songs of worship and other choice offerings, but trample and deprive the poor for their own selfish gain. We can’t escape the truth – God’s heart breaks for the last, the least and the lost. If I want to glorify God in all that I do, then issues of justice and the poor need to be at the core of who I am.

The Church needs to be singing about God’s heart for the poor. We need to remind ourselves that as God’s people we need to go and serve the marginalised. All of this inspired the song. It’s a worship song. It’s a justice song.

Out Of The Darkness
My wife and I were enjoying some time out. During our time away my wife came to me with a melody, which ended up being the chorus to this song. We started singing through the melody together and worked on some lyrics. It all came together quite quickly - usually I take forever to write lyrics! We tried to work on a verse but ended up disagreeing and arguing. So we le
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