From Music City…

With the film crew during the shooting of "Faith Hope & Love"

I want to keep my words short, but once again, the Lord has been so personal to show us exactly which songs He would have us play and sing. (Read more about that on the blog, “Quarantine Blessings”.) Gaylyn and I have never really referred to ourselves as songwriters, but that might be changing after how much we enjoyed co-writing both “Faith Hope & Love” and “Sovereign Ruler of the Skies” over the past few months.

It was during pandemic lockdown we received an email from one of our producers, Phillip Keveren, saying, “Would you like to co-write a song while “social distancing”? We’re very picky when it comes to songs we like, but upon reading the attached lyric by Tony Wood, it was an immediate “yes”.

With Tony Wood in the studio recording "Faith Hope & Love"
With Tony Wood

Weeks later in the studio, after the song was written and we were recording the vocals, I asked Tony, “What inspires you to write?”. Boy, do I wish I had recorded what he said. Just makes it even more special to sing this song knowing the genuine heart behind its writer. “I love the Word of God”, he replied… and then continued to expound on the beauty of 1 Corinthians 13:13.

With the film crew during the shooting of "Faith Hope & Love"
The the film crew!

“So now faith hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

With lyrics like, “All beauty and vanity, power and fame, just for a moment they shine”, we knew the music video needed to be set in Music City (aka, Nashville, TN). Beginning at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, we gradually make our way to the Pedestrian Bridge across Cumberland River overlooking downtown as the song climaxes into the final chorus, “I choose to spend my life, on things above!” The words are especially relevant to current times where learning to love our neighbors is more necessary than ever; “Now these three abide: faith, hope and love; And the greatest of these is love.”

A huge “thank you” to the film crew, Natalie Simmons and Jason Schultz of PDS Media, for being so phenomenal and fun to work with!

And there you have it… I failed to keep my words short lol.

“Faith Hope & Love”
Words & Music by: Tony Wood, Phillip Keveren, Gaylyn Foto, Katelyn Foto, & Kent Hooper

My soul has been asking through endless years
What from this life will endure?
So many empty answers I hear
Now of one thing, I’m sure

(chorus)
I choose to spend my life
On Things above
Now these three abide
Faith, hope, and love
And the Greatest of these is love 
And the Greatest of these is love 

All beauty and vanity, pow’r and fame
Just for a moment they shine
Riches and treasures all simply fade 
Just pass away in time  

Chorus…

Faith… Will turn to sight
Hope… We will see Christ
And one day when this life is gone
Love will still go on and on.

I choose to spend my life
On things above
Now these three abide
Faith, hope, and love
And the Greatest of these is love 
And the Greatest of these is love 
And the Greatest of these is love 

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