Story Behind the Song // MAKE MUCH OF YOU / by Izzi Ray

Yesterday I released a live video on my youtube channel of the title track of my record.

*check it out!*

This song is very special and personal to me so I thought I'd share the story behind it and give you a glimpse into the songwriting/recording process! 

This song was inspired by pride. being affected by other's, and my own. It's about our human tendency to want to be first/best/loudest. And typically we push others down around us to get to the position we want. We all have that evil root of pride in our hearts. No one is immune. 

This song is about recognizing my own pride and realizing that it needs to be drastically taken care of. The Chorus is a request to be humbled. A proclamation that my desire is to have a pure motive. It's a reminder of what Christ has done for me. He made the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His life for mine. Now He wants to use me to make much of Him. 

I've noticed that after people try to 'elbow to the top', they have the tendency to think that they deserve more honor for their achievements. But I think it should be the other way around. Give the people around you double honor. Love people. really genuinely love people. And in reality, we have absolutely no reason to boast of our achievements. Even our own faith was gifted to us. Whatever position we have is a gift. 

I wrote this song to break down the idea that some of us are more special or more gifted than others. We are all the same. We are all sinners. And we are all loved by God. 

Make much of you, simply put,  is a song that contains a cry for humility, a desire for a pure motive, and a response to God's call on our lives.

Songwriting and Recording Process// 

Blaine and I co-wrote this song. We wrote the melody together and then I wrote all the lyrics a few days later. It was one of the last songs written before recording the album but it quickly became my favorite.  

Blaine recorded most of the song at his house and got a hold of a Roland Juno 6 which became one of the main elements to the track, and then I did the vocals at my parent's house up in Montana. This was the one song on the record that we really experimented with drum samples and analog synthesizers which was very exciting :) 

I chose to make the title of the record 'Make Much of You' because I felt that this song perfectly summed up what all the songs touch on and this was the agenda I wanted to brand the record with. 

Thank you so much to everyone who bought/listened/enjoyed this song. We put blood, sweat, and tears into it and we are proud to present our hard work to you! Thank you for your love and support! 

Meow, 

Izzi