Creativity Lessons: Ed Sheeran “Give Me Love” Loopage in The Live Room

This is one of my new posts focused on providing guitar, vocal, and songwriting skill builders for artists and writers. This video, from Ed Sheeran, shows what some extended time with loops and your little guitar/playful voice can do. Enjoy the energy of it.

The “ma-ma” element is a vocal instrumental/percussion groove, in my mind. It’s the kind of thing that can only be discovered after extended time in creative play. Also, the perfection of the vocals in tone and pitch (mostly) comes from years of practice behind microphones and sound systems that don’t lie. Take some inspiration from Ed and find your creative playground.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.