Peter Unger - 10 Questions Music Interview
Pastor Peter Unger is an inspirational singer-songwriter. He grew up in Vermont and moved to Pennsylvania later on in life. He writes songs for the churches that he has served, and to reach people looking for hope and inspiration. His songs are an extension of his ministry.
A finalist in the USA International Songwriting Competition, his songs cross-over folk, country, Gospel and Celtic music. Common themes in his music include the healing love and Grace of God, and his lyrics explore faith, peace and hope. Peter Unger is one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice.
What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street?
Song for Peace
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about?
My children and grand-children.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
How I write songs is mystery to me. It generally starts with a melody, and then lyrics tend to write themselves. Sort of a gift. Coffee helps.
When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise
awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart?
Absolutely trying to raise consciousness that humans can either evolve our collective consciousness, particularly in regard to war, or devolve. It is our choice, and it takes informed broadly informed, open ended dialogue on an international level.
How did you get started in music?
In Vermont at the age of 12 or 13 went through a particularly difficult period after a move from the city to the rural backwoods of Vermont. Real introverted period. Learning to play the guitar and write songs filled a void.
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why?
Probably "Love is What We Do." I am not generally a writer of love songs, so this one took more time and effort. Love like the song writing is a bit of mystery, although I have been deeply in love with my wife for many years. She is my best friend. Part of what made our relationship was finding that being there for each other did not have to depend on what we were feeling at the moment, and could re-spark romance.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song?
It's a universal language that can bypass mental and emotional roadblocks and speak directly to the heart in ways that can cause us to resonate with each other, and connect on the deepest levels.
What’s coming up in the future?
We can't know for sure, but if we believe we can change for the better as the human race, I truly believe it will happen.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Reverbnation, You Tube, Rev. Peter Unger, Spotify, Amazon etc.