Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch is such a gifted songwriter that music seems to effortlessly flow from his fingers whenever he sits down at a keyboard. Last month I spend a couple of days with Andrae, my friend of more than forty years, and in the short time we were together I think he wrote the better part of five new songs. And I mean good tunes, memorable, infectious melodies. After one song that he recognized as having potential to be developed into something special, he quickly started playing another new tune with the words, “Don’t lose it or I can’t use it.” It was a musical reminder for me to hold on to the tapes or his new composition would just drift off into the ether to be lost forever, since the next day his mind would already be filled with other notes and other music.
But after he played me some of the new material he’s working on, I asked Andrae if he remembered the first song he ever wrote. He did and no wonder, it was a good one. He was 14 years old at the time. This video is of him singing that first song and telling me the story of how he came to write it.