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David Loti Interview
by Ramona Anne Dube
David Loti's EP ambivalence illustrates why you can't judge a book--or in this case, a CD--by its cover. 

The CD packaging is very simple, yet crisp and extremely creative. The case is a folded piece of copy paper with black & white photography and lettering. According to Loti there are a few reasons for that: "I was aiming to do something different from the standard CD in a jewel case with a book, and I thought the contrast of black and white printing was germane for encompassing the idea of ambivalence.  I also am a big fan of do-it-yourself production because I believe it produces a sense of personalization." 

However, don't let that fool you about the quality of the songs. Loti's faith plays an important part in his songwriting and shows up quite often in his lyrics as well. When asked about some of his favorite scriptures and why they might be his favorites, he said, "Many of these I find so appealing because of where I am in my life right now they strike me as authentic and foundationally simple and significant." 

Loti has taken to heart Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

David Loti grew up in a Christian home and attended Catholic masses almost every Sunday as he was growing up. When he was 16, a junior in high school, he started going to a non-denominational Bible study. Loti stated, "God used that to help me understand His Message." 

Loti started reading the Bible on his own and sometime over the next two years, he "Became a Believer." 

Loti continued: "Not knowing what an altar call was at the time, I made my first public declaration of faith at a Rebecca St. James concert in December of 1998, when I was 18." 

Since then he has served in Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, and non-denominational ministries. Loti said, "On the occasions when I return to the Catholic mass I understand the meaning behind the things I performed out of habit before I was a Believer." 

David Loti lives in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. He holds a B.S in Mathematics which he got through Louisiana State University in 2003. He is currently working towards a Master of Divinity through the correspondence program at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C, Canada. Equally important to is artistry is his statement that, "My favorite band is (was) Five Iron Frenzy." 

Some of David's favorite scriptures also show up in his songwriting, which he takes very seriously. In this email interview, David shared his thoughts about some of the verses that show up in a tune called "Hope's Song" and why they are important to him. 

Mark 9:24b "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

"Such a statement is brutally and comfortingly honest-you don't find such honesty in many songs dealing with our relationships with God.  Instead I find a populous of lyrics like "I will give You all my worship.  I will give You all my praise." or "Lord I give You my heart, I give You my soul.  I live for You alone." To me singing lyrics about giving God 110% when I know I am not is lying.  Of course these are not lies to God, because we cannot successfully lie to God-they're lies to ourselves.  "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief." that's a line I want to sing in church." 

Rom 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

"Christianity is not easy; it's a discouraging struggle at times.  And yet with each defeat we are given an opportunity to crawl to our Source of Salvation and grow from the experience and learn more from Him.  Once again this is the human honesty I want to hear preached at this phase of my life. I want to do good, and it doesn't just happen automatically by confessing "Jesus is Lord"-and it certainly doesn't happen all the time because I do not always choose to follow God." 

Philippians 1:6: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

"God is not going to give up on me as unworthy as I am (on my own.)  He will complete the good work of transforming me into the likeness of Christ He has begun." 

For more information about David Loti, go to his websites:

Ramona Anne Dube


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