A Baby Changes Everything by Phil
The last couple months we have been totally engrossed in creating our new Christmas album. As much as we love traditional Christmas music, it seems everybody's recordings have the same group of songs. We wanted to do something fresh and new, and since I had already written a few Christmas tunes, why not write a whole album? Besides, I'm always up for a challenge! I get a lot of questions about song writing, so I thought you might enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the birth of one of the new songs on the album.
Our original thought was for Pam to record an upbeat song called "To All He Brings," written by three buddies of mine. I emailed their publisher but got no response. So I decided to write my own. Conveniently, I already had an appointment scheduled with my frequent collaborator, Helga Kaefer. I told her I'd like to write a catchy tune for Pam and was wondering about the title "A Baby Changes Everything." (Normally at this point we would have Google searched and discovered that Faith Hill had recorded a song with that title several years ago. But I'm glad we didn't because I really like what we came up with and it is nothing like Faith's song.) We tossed out ideas and decided to write from a shepherd's perspective and parallel that to our own. About two hours later we had a finished song that goes like this...
Nothing ever changes,
Then a light shone down from heaven
Nothing ever changes
Then a bright light straight from heaven
Hosanna in the highest
- A Baby Changes Everything, words and music by Phil Morgan and Helga Kaefer,
Not every song comes together that quickly and some take years or never find a home on a recording. I have a feeling we're going to be singing this one for many seasons to come. And who knows, when other artists hear it, our little tune might just find a home on their Christmas projects as well.
This is a fun song to sing, but I especially love the message. Part of the wonder of Christmas is how Jesus came in a most unexpected way. He is Messiah... in a manger? He is our Savior... on the straw? Not at all the way we would imagine the birth of a King.
But like we said, this Baby changed everything!