Dave Barnes’ “What We Want, What We...
What we want and what we get in life don't always match up, but Dave Barnes' newest project reminds us that God plans that we get what we truly need at the time we need it.
Barnes' blues and R&B sounds find an honest approach to a medicine that often is hard to swallow.
Even if you are new to Barnes' singing, you are likely not new to his songs. His music has been recorded by Amy Grant, Bebo Norman, Bethany Dillon and Francesca Battistelli.
Barnes' new project, "What We Want, What We Get," sounds like what would happen if Bebo Norman and Jonny Lang wrote songs together. The project offers hope in the peace we find in God when we let go of our past and find contentment in our future.
"This is a little more of a pop record for me," Barnes says on his web site. "I wanted something that was going to be a little easier for people to understand, didn't have to work quite as hard."
The title track is something we can all relate to, asking, "Where are you in this, God?" The song itself is a reminder, according to Barnes, that "you can't appreciate a massive blessing of what didn't happen until you know" how things turn out.
He continues the theme of unmet expectations with the song, "Little Lies," ringing true to what happens when we don't have them, whether for ourselves, others, or God.
Marriage themes also surface on this album. Barnes has said that his wife, Annie, inspires him now. This is a big change in his song writing, seeing that earlier projects were about loneliness and searching for true love.
The comforting and yet scary reminder of Barnes' music is that God is in control. These songs urge faith that that God will show up and show off in ways that will blow our minds. Barnes' tunes come with the peace we need in knowing that God loves us that much.