Composer Notes

From the start of the Words and Verses project, it was decided that the Biblical themes explored through music would be abstract in nature, focusing on concepts rather than stories, and principles rather than anything cinematic in nature. Once this was established, one of the very first core tenets chosen for the initial Foundation album was the "love your enemies" ideal. As a Biblical principle, it's just so against our normal human response. As people, it's very challenging to feel anything positive for those who would want to hurt us. Yet, the Bible tells us repeatedly to love all people, just as God loved us. This includes people who are completely unlike us, even people who we would see to be enemies. In this regard, the word "love" is a distinctive action, a choice we make, not something simple but a concentrated effort to showcase the love of God through our own actions and behaviors.

This... is not easy. But it is possible. The world may use expressions to mirror this philosophy such as "kill them with kindness," indicating that by taking a higher ground, we win some form of invisible battle. The Bible takes it to another level than that, making it less about "winning" and more about obeying God's word, exemplifying his character through our own behavior, showcasing the love of God by how we treat people. All people. Any people. No matter how you look at it, there are positive benefits, and life lived this way is one of significantly more peace than one lived in fear and anxiety.

Taking this ideal into music, the goal of the composition is to indeed showcase that love conquers all. There may be darkness, violence, even negative thoughts and ill will directed our way, but no matter what it is, the love of Christ can overcome it. We may be surrounded by those who don't know the Lord and in fact want to harm us, but time and time again the scripture tells us not to fear, but rather, to love them as God loves us. Musically, this piece will showcase that ideal in action, through the idea of a positive and loving soundscape overcoming the dark and violent undertones that may catch our human attention at first.

~ Christopher "Mazedude" Getman

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From the Album Foundation

The above verse is a selection from the first release of The Words and Verses Project, which is currently in development. It is entitled “Words and Verses: Foundation.” Not only is it the first collection of works in the project, but the goal is that over the course of twelve compositions, multiple core foundational verses will be explored, setting the stage for future albums and themes.

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The Original Twelve

This list is subject to change, but the tentative list of verses selected for Foundation is as follows:

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