Track 2. Under The Moon:
Under The Moon is a love song to my wife Ashlie. Now some of you might be wondering, “why would you put a love song on a Christian Album?” or “Aren’t these songs supposed to be about Jesus?” or “Where’s the worship?” Honestly, those are legitimate questions to ask. You should be asking them. You don’t normally pick up an album from a Christian artist and find a song like this, but this isn’t your typical Christian album. On BREAKING FREE, I really wanted to tell the true story of this station in my personal, and my family’s walk with God. I feel like after you know the story, it will help make sense of it all.
The song was written as a Christmas present in late 2012. We were in the worst financial times of our marriage, so the holidays were really not a very exciting time for us. I knew the only way I was going to be able to give her a gift at all was to write her a song. So I began thinking about ways to tell her how much I loved her, and I thought there was no better way to do that than to remember some of our favorite memories. Under The Moon is filled with personal references from all points of our relationship up until the time it was written. The original working title of the song was “Seventh December” a lyric that locks the song in time as a mention of when it was written. Other references include:
-our first date
-our first kiss
-our wedding day
-that one really sad time
-that one time I really messed up
-the times all we really had was each other
-her grace… and more.
I never even intended to record the song or share it with anyone. As far as I was concerned the song belonged to her. It was her property. The first lines of the songs are even, “This is a song just for you, for only your ears and mine too.” Ha! But as BREAKING FREE was coming together, and I was writing songs about real life, she encouraged me to record it and share what our real-life love is like; so that it might encourage other couples who might be trying to “keep up with the Joneses” on a relationship level… cause… we’ve been there before. We’ve had to put on a smile more than once when we got to church because of a Sunday morning argument.
It’s OK when your marriage gets hard. That’s when you learn. It’s OK when your relationship gets intimate on any level, that’s when you build trust. And it’s OK when your marriage is strong, because that’s when you have the time to encourage others. Every marriage is different. We felt like sharing a little glimpse of ours is exactly what this record called for.
This is the truest look into Cody and Ashile as a husband and wife.
UNDER THE MOON
this is a song just for you
for only your ears and mine too
years like the days of this seventh december
I want to be sure I remember
how we danced for the first time under the moon
kissed before sunset on that afternoon
you whispered you loved me and then said I do
I couldn’t love anyone but you
you ’ve sweat and you've cried on each shoulder
I’m honored to be your heart holder
Let’s give each day its own chance to make
new ways to know how we got through
and of the lights I see you are as bright as can be
drying the tears I cry when we have to say goodbye
holding my hand through all the times that I took the fall
choosing to love me when I fell and failed you again
your shadow in the candle light I made my mind up that night
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