10 Questions with ... Savannah Moon
November 17, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- 2013 My Defense
- 2014 As Men Of Old Have Sung
1. Brief History / Synopsis
I was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles Area. I went to a Waldorf school (which is basically a school for hippies) and studied at Pepperdine University for a year before I dropped out to work for my dad as a music editor for cartoons. I currently live in Silverlake, a neighborhood in East Los Angeles.
2. What does a normal day at home look like for you?
I wake up, grab a cold brew at my local coffee shop and read my bible, some N T Wright, and probably some other book. Cruise to a taco stand for lunch or back to my apartment for a salad. Maybe pick up some munchkins from school and watch them for a few hours, help with homework, maybe visit some of the thrift stores I haven't been to in a week or so, maybe do some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, maybe make the trek out to the Valley to do my laundry at my parents house, end up at my brother's apartment in Glendale eventually and spend the evening with him and some friends, sharing stories and watching sitcoms.
3. What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right now?
I don't have one of those right now but I was just listening to The Weepies a ton. I couldn't stop singing "Hummingbird." Deb's voice is so honest and transparent and the musicianship is solid, no frills.
4. How much do you travel, what are the challenges? How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home?
I travel very frequently. When I'm traveling with other people, not many problems. When I'm traveling alone I get lonely. You don't really juggle being on the road and wanting to be home. You just want to be home when you're on the road and you deal with it.
5. What artist or pastor has had the greatest impact on you?
Sara Groves hands down. She'd probably be embarrassed to hear it now that it's 15 years old, but "Conversations" was the reason I became a song writer. She was the first person to show me the value of being honest with God and honest with people. It looks different for me than if does for her, but the principle is the same. In terms of pastors, maybe Tim Keller. He's so good at not compromising intellect for the sake of spirituality and vice versa. They go hand in hand. Everything as unto the Lord, brain included. Seems like so often in evangelical Christianity that's the first thing people compromise, but you don't have to. It's much better not to. God can handle our intellect. It belongs to Him. Tim Keller's super real too on panels and stuff. He doesn't skirt around the hard or controversial questions.
6. What's the last book you read?
I'm usually reading four or five books at a time, but the last book I finished was called the Deptford Trilogy. I got it a goodwil for a buck. It was a novel about a magician and lots of other things: money, fame, relationships, mystery, witty dialogue, you know, all the kinds of things you find in a novel. Satisfying read. Slow book. I like slow books.
7. How & when did you become a believer?
For me it was sort of like spending all this time with someone, getting to know them, no agenda, and then realizing, "Oh my! I'm in love!" I don't know how relatable that is, haha. But I just started to get to know God, and I started to really love him. I can't pinpoint a moment or anything, but I think it must have started around when I started reading my bible every day, so 11 or 12. I wouldn't really consider myself as being in full time ministry. I do music because I love it. I'm a music editor and a nanny during the day and I try to do it as unto the Lord, but I wouldn't consider myself in full time ministry in the traditional sense any more than any other Christian who's trying to do what may seem mundane as unto the Lord.
8. Take us thru a couple songs on your latest project.
My latest project is a Christmas EP, it's called "As Men of Old Have Sung." We're actually not done with it yet, but it sounds stinkin' rad so far. One of the songs is called "Christmas Song," and I titled it that because you may not know it was a Christmas Song if it didn't have that title, hah. It starts with the "In the beginning..." in Genesis and then the second verse is the "In the beginning..." in John 1 and then the third verse sort of briefly talks about baby Jesus defeating hell. With one verse for life of Jesus you gotta take some pretty major leaps I guess. There's another track called "Magi" which is basically my lyrical and melodic rehashing of "We Three Kings." Silly of me to think I could do it better than the first guy I guess, but hey, I went for it and it's not bad. In terms of the audience impact, you tell me once it comes out! (editors note...you have to give a listen to "The Sherpherds Song"....more than one programmer has told me it's the perfect Christmas add.)
9. What organization/service group are you affiliated with?
I'm newly involved with an organization called Potter's Field Ministries. I recently got back from spending some time with them in Guatemala and was able to get a somewhat comprehensive view of the program. It's a three fold ministry with the focal point of getting education, food, and the Gospel brought to kids in poor communities all over the world. They come along side established centers in each community, churches or schools, and facilitate kids programs either through existing platforms or help them create new platforms. This is the core of their ministry, the heartbeat that drives it if you will. They also have a young adult training program called ignite which includes classes for three months, field work in one of the kids program communities for six months, and a reintegration period of about a month. I'm sure they're much better at explaining everything, haha.
10. Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead.....Deities are excused from this question.
That's a hard question cause I'm not a conversationalist. It takes me a long, long, long, long time to ask questions because I want to, and not because I feel obligated to in order to avoid an awkward social situation. That being said, if I want to have a particularly engaging discussion, it should probably be with someone who is inquisitive and interesting. I think it would be awesome to sit down with C.S. Lewis, but I'm not sure what I would ask him. Maybe, "How did you get so awesome?"
1. Favorite Bible Verse....life verse. Why?
Phi 1:21, because I forget it all the time. I forget what matters.
2. Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
One time me and my guys were waiting at a domestic terminal in Western Australia overnight for a flight to Sydney, but we didn't know that it closed from 2-4:30am so we had to sit outside on benches in the middle of the night and try to cuddle up and keep warm. We were pulling all kinds of clothes out of our bags, wrapping scarves around our legs, putting on 4 layers of coats. We had all our gear too, so we couldn't fall asleep. Not that we could if we wanted to since it was freezing!
3. What's the biggest "God moment" that you've ever experienced, personal or professional?
I'm not a moment person. I'm more of a gradual person. All my moments belong to God and, more than by some sort of revelation, the way He works all the moments together to speak to me and challenge me is what blows my mind. He's taught me stuff, yeah. He's teaching me stuff, yeah. He's gonna teach me things, yes. But I don't want to get caught thinking that the things He's gonna teach me aren't things that He's taught me before. I've thought that before and been disappointed in myself, but I'm starting to come to appreciate the fact that He's never really finished. There's never a time He doesn't know more about something than I do and I don't think He's gonna ever want to stop making me better. I'm hoping He doesn't.