Artist bio

The first major thing I remember doing in my life happened when I was six years old. Lydia, my eldest sister, was given a song to learn as a special in church. It was a country song called “At Calvary.” As a recent addition to our church’s youth group she was incredibly excited and she practiced that song every day. My family was living in a four bedroom colonial house in 1994. There were eight of us. I was the baby, so my bedroom was a curtain rod at the end of the upstairs hallway. My sisters shared a bedroom, which was the room adjacent to the wall that my bed was against. Lydia practiced her song in her bedroom. I would listen to her practice that four minute song over and over again. She would play Side A all the the way way to the end, flip it to Side B and repeat, and repeat again. I learned that song very well, and I sang it all the time. Pastor‘s Wife heard me singing that song. Before Lydia had her chance to perform it, I was put on the stage. I brought the house down. My aspirations have never really changed since that day. All I’ve ever wanted was to be a singer.



Artist Statement

I first heard of the Enspire Art Contest on September First, so I decided to create something. I wasn’t sure what to write at first. Fortunately, my father taught me how to glean from the scriptures. So I did a bible study in Ephesians 6:10-20, and this is what I came up with.

How it fits into contest

The verse that jumped off of the page at me was Ephesians 6:16 where it says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
“Above All.” The words on the page told me where the song should start. So, I decided to begin with Faith.
In Revelation 3 Jesus said to the church in Laodidea, to buy gold tried in fire. And we see in 1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” In meditating on those scriptures, I came up with the line, “Under siege my faith is purified.”
From there, I decided to take an abstract approach and talk about each article listed in Ephesians 6.
It was obvious to me that I needed to focus on Ephesians 6:14-15 in the chorus, since I would be naked without them, so I did just that. The most beautiful way I could see to accomplish that was to simply preach the Gospel in a single sentence. “He wraps me in his righteousness and protects me in the truth, that I have power over sin and death because Jesus Christ was bruised.”
Instead of using the words, “Helmet of Salvation,” I borrowed another way that God describes how he renews the mind and wrote, “ Holy spirit, like a crown of life, fall on me.” I then describe what the Bible says happens when you are filled with the spirit, how he revives you with the word.

As seems to be ordinary for my creative process, when I spoke to the lyrics, I sang them. So the melody of the song was hardwired into the writing process from the very beginning. It had a very peaceful sound to it as I was playing it over and over again, trying to find the lyrics that went along with the melody. Ironic to me, because it literally felt like the calm before the storm, Hurricane Florence was just off the coast when I was putting the final touches on it. So I named it Windchimes.


Written and performed by Andrew Breslin.
Special thanks:
Rachellé Breslin
Mathew Haines
Oberia Haines
Lydia Lee

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