From their now-defunct official site (thestrawtheory.com):
"Gifted with a youthful zeal and dynamic personalities, The Straw Theory blends these characteristics into a pop rock band writing hit songs of innocence, wonder and solid convictions. Even more convincing is the opportunity to see a live performance from The Straw Theory, a four-piece outfit from Phoenix, Arizona that delivers concerts with a commanding presence of energy and emotion.
Coupled with the production expertise of industry veterans Billy Smiley and Terry Taylor, The Straw Theory's self-titled debut on KMG Records proves the band has a penchant for mature songwriting and catchy pop songs. From the opening upbeat chords of the album's opening number "In & Out" and the anthematic "We Believe" to the closing stirring worship ballad "Showers," The Straw Theory proves to be a stand out act. The album also features guest vocal appearances from Sixpence None The Richer's Leigh Nash on two tracks, "Man On The Moon" and "Showers." A promising new act with a knack for writing memorable songs, The Straw Theory is laced with poetic and thought provoking lyrics."
Song Meanings (as explained by Tyler Huston)
In and Out
"What goes in must come out. If we spend our time with people who are negative influences on us, we will surely suffer the consequences. 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us not to be yoked together with unbelievers – "…For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common…"
In the Future (Morning Person)
"My greatest time of weakness is, without a doubt, when I wake up every morning. I am far more prone to becoming irritable and impatient in the early morning than any other time of the day. The main purpose of this song is to poke fun at myself and reveal my sinful nature to all who hear it. "You see I’m nothing more than a dirty creature." I think that we all have our particular greatest moments of weakness. The early morning happens to be mine."
"‘Joker’s Wilde’ has to do with feelings of spiritual and social inadequacy. I wrote this song during a painful emotional time in which I felt like my closest friends were passing judgment on me. It seemed as if people were looking at me only at face value, and not giving me the chance to share with them who I really was.
As Christians, I believe we should have higher standards than those of the rest of the world. As it stands, I strongly believe that the church suffers from internal opposition. We think nothing of passing judgement on one another, while scripture clearly states that judgement is the Lord’s job, not our own."
Man on the Moon
"The film The Dead Poet’s Society actually gave the inspiration for this song. The "Man on the Moon" represents our seemingly unattainable dreams as well as Christ Himself. If we put our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, great things and big dreams become so much more tangible. I believe that the closer we become to Christ, the more our will for our individual lives reflects His own. Psalm 37:4 states, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
"The song pretty much speaks for itself. Our hope is in Christ alone. There is nothing or no one else that can change your life so dramatically. When people and life drag you down, take a look at what your highest priority in life is. Is it Christ?"
"I wrote this song to sort of display my idea of sincere romantic love. I want for my wife and I to have a completely selfless love for each other. I think that it’s very important for a husband and wife to completely share themselves first with God and then with one another. I entitled it "Mourning Love" because it was about something that was presently absent in my life."
"A friend of my family had received a word from the Lord concerning what lies ahead for the ministry of The Straw Theory. My brother , who is part of the ministry, and I were being asked tough questions about the condition of our hearts in the years to come. I was greatly inspired by the challenging words the Lord had used in the word we received. This song is my feeble response to the potentially frightening questions we had been asked. It is important that believers in Christ do not let anything hinder or prevent their worship of Him."
"When I say "fall forward" I mean to learn from my mistakes. I want all of the mistakes I make to teach me a lesson. It is my belief that out of everything bad comes something good. In order for me to experience God more fully, I need to let Him change my heart. By living a life of discipline, you will find yourself actually drawing near to him. Proverbs 10:17"
"In every important decision I make, I hope that God will be my greatest focus. One of my greatest fears is that the Lord might become less involved in my decision making process in the future than He is today. I want to do everything in my power to keep Christ the highest priority in my life. When life becomes lonely and times get tough, I hope to be able to find solace in the fact that I am where I am because that is where God put me. Romans 8:18 and 28"
Easy as Sin
"I actually wrote this song after The Straw Theory had broken up. This song mentions a sacrifice that took place amongst the band – "I gotta tear it apart. I’ll do my best". We had called it quits because God was putting on our hearts to offer ourselves up as a sacrifice before him. Later, of course, He blessed that sacrifice and allowed us to come as far as we have. The irony of this song is that I had written it for my own solo repertoire soon after the break up had taken place.
‘Easy as Sin’ also deals with how easy it is to take gifts God has given you and actually put them up as idols before Him. It is important to that we honor the Father with everything he has given us. When we start using His gifts only for ourselves, the purpose of those gifts and our lives is actually defeated."
"I have grown extremely sick of how morally decrepit the United States has become. I feel like the media is given far too much liberty with what they condone. This song asks the burning question, "where is Jesus in all of this". As Christians we need to take a stand for what we say we so strongly believe in. I actually find it nauseating most of the time to turn on the T.V. Too many exceptions are made and too many lines are crossed on movies, television, and various publications. We cannot afford to let our morals become tampered with and misconstrued."
Showers (feat. Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer)
"This is the first song I wrote with worship as my only motivation. I had been trying to write a strictly worship song for a while, but only managed to really nail it with this one. It had been difficult for me to find music and lyrics sincere enough to express how I felt about my relationship with God. ‘Showers’ expresses the way I want to react when I "feel myself draw distant" from Him. When people listen to this song, I want for them to focus on their personal relationships with Christ and to try and express their honest feelings with Him – their joys and sorrows."
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