Germany: First Songwriting Workshop



By Kazuha Canak,FFWPU Germany

From the 22nd until the 25th of November, 2018, Unificationist musicians gathered to learn about, discuss and start writing new songs under the motto “Create.” Each day had its own sub-theme:

On the first evening, Kazuha Canak gave an introduction to the workshop motto: The reason and importance of creating—understanding that as children of God, our Heavenly Parent, we are co-creators. As artists (specifically musicians) we have the power and responsibility to shape the culture and society we live in through our music.

The focus of the second day was “Dare to create.” None of the participants was an active songwriter and therefore we took some time to break down the songwriting process, listen to some inspirations, and brainstorm potential themes for new songs. Afterwards we split up to start writing lyrics or coming up with chord progressions.

On the third day, Hans Campman shared some conclusions from his research on ‘Music in God’s Creation’ and ‘Music in God’s Providence’ from over the years. The participants were impressed to see the fascinating development and parallels in the history of music reflecting the preparation for the coming of the second advent.

This was also our last chance to work on the songs we started writing the day before. We kicked off the working-session by presenting our ideas with each other which inspired everyone to continue on their songs on their own or in groups.

The final day concluded with performing two out of the five songs that were being written over the weekend during Sunday Service:

A mash-up of the Holy Song ‘Grace of the Holy Garden’ with a new composition “Welcome” by Songman Wöllmer as its intro.


Welcome (By Songman Wöllmer )

It really matters that you came today

God wants you, God needs you

If you’re feeling rather down and gray

Come and join us

Let us begin


Let me be like a river (By Heidi Wakayama)

Let me be like a river

that rejects no other stream;

be it small, be it vast

be it flowing vividly.

On its way to the ocean

of greatest liberty

that‘s where God, my Heavenly Parent wants to be.

Let me be like the wind

that caresses all the dreams

of the land Cheon Il Guk

that transfigures you and me.

On the way to that land

of greatest history

that‘s where God, my Heavenly Parent wants to be.

It is me holding the key

to live in nature’s perfect harmony.

Let me be like the earth

that nurtures man and beasts;

that holds mountains and deserts

forest, fields, and oceans deep.

It’s the beauty in creation

revealing love to me

that‘s where God, my Heavenly Parent wants to be.

Let me be like the fire

full of passion mightily;

giving warmth, giving light

to the world abundantly

in the core of the elements

hidden so deep

that‘s where God, my Heavenly Parent, God my Heavenly Parent,

that’s where God, my Heavenly Parent wants to be.

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