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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dear Hannah: LEarning (BIG Love (Derrick Brown Performs BIG Love Live)) (2-10-2019)


 By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)

 

Dear Hannah,

"(I Have Learned To Respect) The Power Of Love".

NOT ...

(

That "Always & Forever" love.

That "Float On" love.

That "Outstanding" love.

That "Yearning For Your Love" love.

That "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday" love.

That "Computer" love.

That "For The Love Of You" love.

That "Cry Together" love.

That "You Don't Have To Cry" love.

That "Break Up To Make Up" love.

That "Holding On (Is Very Hard To Do) When Love Is Gone" love.

That "Every Time I Turn Around (I'm Back In Love Again)" love.

)

Nah ... I'm talking 'bout that "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love" love.

That "Love Ballad" love - feel me?

When I married my wife (your mother), and - still to this very day - I envisioned marriage as the ultimate friendship ...

… a long conversation based on ...
 … honesty, ...
 … disclosure, ...
 … forgiveness, ...
 … and dependability.

It allows two to cover each other

As they become whole through God’s perfecting process ...

  Of healing our hurts ...
  Taking off our masks ...
  Staying in the driver’s seat ...
  And trusting Him ...

So that we all walk in the ...

  Patience, ...
  Kindness, ...
  Selflessness, ...
  Truth, ...
  Humility, ...
  Faith, ...
  And hope, ...

 Called love.

My wife (your mother) and I are learning how to live at this level ...


Love,

Daddy



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"LEarning (BIG Love)"
By Derrick and Keisha Brown
1-21-2019


"(I Have Learned To Respect) The Power Of Love".

NOT ...

(

That "Always & Forever" love.

That "Float On" love.

That "Outstanding" love.

That "Yearning For Your Love" love.

That "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday" love.

That "Computer" love.

That "For The Love Of You" love.

That "Cry Together" love.

That "You Don't Have To Cry" love.

That "Break Up To Make Up" love.

That "Holding On (Is Very Hard To Do) When Love Is Gone" love.

That "Every Time I Turn Around (I'm Back In Love Again)" love.

)

Nah ... I'm talking 'bout that "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love" love.

That "Love Ballad" love - feel me?

When I married Keisha, and - still to this very day - I envisioned marriage as the ultimate friendship ...

… a long conversation based on ...
    … honesty, ...
    … disclosure, ...
    … forgiveness, ...
    … and dependability.
It allows two to cover each other
As they become whole through God’s perfecting process ...
    Of healing our hurts ...
    Taking off our masks ...
    Staying in the driver’s seat ...
    And trusting Him ...
So that we all walk in the ...
    Patience, ...
    Kindness, ...
    Selflessness, ...
    Truth, ...
    Humility, ...
    Faith, ...
    And hope, ...
Called love.

My wife and I are learning
how to live at this level.

Building this kind of
friendship takes a
commitment and work ethic
that goes far beyond
backpatting and cliche's.

See ...

realizing love's vision
needs some revision
lots of relationship
a l'il less religion

a lot of decision
a little precision
couple of setbacks
head-on collision

peace takes time
heal that incision
be reconciled
don't multiply division

get that new addition
via subtraction
of all distraction
and inaction

put together fractions
put down factions
overreactions
dissatisfactions

And the two shall become one ...

Now, that's a tough one ...

we are both independent
growing to be interdependent
without becoming codependent

SING "And what we have is much more than they can see". (4X)

learning to pray for
each other's dreams

then to rise and help
make those dreams a
reality

... and for God to change
my heart (not my wife's)

... to speak each other's love language
but also to use a vernacular of
kindness, care, concern, and respect

one that does away with talk like ...

"I'm just kidding",
"I'm just joking", and
"I'm just playing"

'cause "just" is a microaggressive
term of self-justification
that injects a slow-acting
poison into our fellowship

we want our home to be a refuge
of peace and support

to do for each other
even when we don't feel like it

to listen to each other
for acceptance, affirmation,
and understanding

to apologize even when
we were "right"

and to realize that ain't
nobody ever really "right" ...
unless we are both "alright"

to be content in knowing
that she loves Jesus and me

to share our hearts
- I am talking about our
minds, wills, and emotions -
with an even tone

to never break up
and to always make up

the road is long
with twists & turns,
hills and valleys

this leaves lots of time
for mistakes, reflection,
dissection and correction

provision, protection,
decision, and connection

taking that journey together
will lead you to higher,
deeper, sweeter love

I call that "BIG Love"

The song in the background ("Love Ballad" by LTD featuring Jeffrey Osborne) has been one of my favorite "slow jams" since I was 6 years old.

My daddy was a DJ, so - yes - I knew more than I should have about "slow jams".

I discovered the song again this year - for the first time.

I put it on the playlist I use for inspiration when I am working in the studio getting ready to write and record.

I heard it - and watched the video - on YouTube while wearing my monitor headphones ... the ones that let you hear everything in a song.

I was astonished at how calm, cool, and careful Jeffrey Osborne was with this whole song.

It made his delivery that much more powerful.

But then the end (where he is singing the hook and improvising in the background) took everything to another level.

That man was testifying like he had found something higher, deeper, and sweeter than being "all up in his feelings".

I never heard that song in that way until recently, and I guess it is because I had to get to where he was to really feel him.

Well, I am there now.

I love you, baby - and I am forever thankful to you for loving me - in a "BIG" way.

Selah.


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