Behind the music: Zechariah’s Song

A short time ago, I posted a blog entry on this new song that I called “Rising Son.”

It had a catchy “bridge” that went, lyrically:

He forgives our sin…
The tender mercy, tender mercy of God.

I really like this simple, musical interlude. Lance Fooks liked the refrain, also… except…

“That’s not a bridge,” he said. “That’s a chorus.”

“Oh, really?” I answered. I knew he was right… but how to configure the song to switch it all around? We spent the majority of the first night doing just that, and the beginning of the next day in the studio changing the ending, so that the song closes with this chorus.

The result? A very powerful worship song that gives a simple message: the Rising Son will come from heaven, to shine on those in darkness, and in the shadow of our deaths, he’ll guide our feet towards peace. A Savior for all has come and will come again.

I can’t wait for you to hear it.

By the way, the song is no longer called “Rising Son.” It is called “Tender Mercy,” and I suspect this will also be the title of the album.

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and was the worship leader from 2010-2022.

Rob is now the worship leader at Calvary Chapel Malibu. He released his fifth album “The Author of My Story” on December 15, 2023, available on all of your favorite streaming platforms… and he is preparing to launch a new Christian teaching podcast called “Christ Supremacist.”


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