How long have you been writing songs? I wrote my first Christian song in 1972 shortly
after my salvation. Prior to writing songs, I wrote poetry, which is probably why my skills lean
toward the lyric writing.
How did you meet the other songwriters? Back in 1997, Elton Smith sent me an email
introducing himself and his website, which back then was called Songs of Praise by Gilberto and
Friends. Later, I revisited his site and found some MIDI sequences that Elton was seeking lyrics
for. I tried a couple, and it worked great. The collaborating continues now with nearly 70 songs
written with Elton. Through the Internet and Elton, I was also introduced to Steve Israel and
others. Prior to this, during my college years (1977 to 1981) I co-wrote some songs with my roommate,
Dave Laborde. Aside from Dave, Elton, and Steve, I have never met any of the other songwriters face
to face (although we'll have a great reunion in heaven, no doubt!). Be sure to visit the
songwriters page for more information about each songwriter.
Which comes first, the lyrics or the music? It varies from song to song. Usually I have an idea for
the theme of the song, so technically the lyrics tend to come first, but many times the music comes to mind almost
as quickly as the lyrics. Other times I might write just lyrics or just music, and then wait for inspiration of
the missing part. Now with collaboration, of course, it is a bit different. For most of my collaborations with
Elton, for example, he'll send me a MIDI of the melody and a simple arrangement, and then I'll write lyrics to
match the melody. In a few cases it's the other way around; for example, "Brother to Brother" and
"Looking Through They Eyes of Faith" began as lyrics I sent to Elton, and then he composed the music to go with
the lyrics I'd sent. You may also enjoy seeing the items in my
Where do the photos come from? Back in 1997, I was searching the web for nature photos to include in a multimedia
musical presentation at church. I contacted two photographers
who graciously granted permission to use some photos for that presentation. Later, I obtained permission from one of them, Mary Saxton Griffin, a Christian and gifted photographer,
to include several of her photographs on my song pages, which prior to that time were simply text. For more information,
please visit my Photos Page.
Who is your web host? This website has been hosted since 2001 by
Christian Web Host.
I have been very pleased with their service and support. Prior to this, I began putting my music
on the web in 1995 using my web account at UT Martin
(starting out as a simple webpage called Larry's MIDI Page).
What permissions do I need to copy/perform/record your songs?
You can find out all about this on my copyright and permissions page.
Can you help me find the song called... When I need to find info online, I use Yahoo or
Google or some other web search, just like other folks. Also CCLI
has a song search database that can help determine the composer and publisher of many songs (and, if
your church purchases the feature, lyrics can also be displayed). Aside
from that, because there are too many websites out there with unlicensed copies of words or music
for popular songs, I wish to avoid recommending anything that might incur copyright infringement,
so please understand if I don't assist in searches for lyrics or music to songs that I do not have
the rights to.
What do you believe? I am a born-again Christian, totally depending upon the redemptive
work of Jesus Christ for my salvation. I believe in the eternal security of the believer (Romans 8:38-39).
I am a Southern Baptist by choice (I am an active member of First Baptist Church in Martin, Tennessee).
My song lyrics are an expression of my belief.
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and are the sole responsibility of the external website's owner for content and validity. They have
each been, at some point in time, reviewed for content and validity, and links are provided here in
good faith. While I am not responsible for these external websites, if there are any issues with any
of the above links, please let me know so that they may be reviewed and, if necessary, removed. Thank
you, and God bless.