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Takin’ It Live

I’ve actually been working, lately. A quick update before I get to the meat of this post: Continue reading


October 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Update on Be Thou My Vision

My sainted Grandmother has come through. The other lyrics that use the same melody as Be Thou My Vision is “Lord of All Hopefulness” by Jan Struther. Now, the interesting thing that I didn’t know from my earlier research that the melody also has a name. According to the Wikipedia article on “Lord…”, the melody is called Slane, which is also a village in County Meath in Ireland.

An interesting tie-in to Slane, from the Cyberhymnal: “Slane Hill is about ten miles from Ta­ra in Coun­ty Meath. It was on Slane Hill around 433 AD that St. Pat­rick de­fied a roy­al edict by light­ing can­dles on East­er Eve. High King Lo­gaire of Ta­ra had de­creed that no one could light a fire be­fore Lo­gaire be­gan the pa­gan spring fes­ti­val by light­ing a fire on Ta­ra Hill. Lo­gaire was so im­pressed by Pat­rick’s de­vo­tion that, de­spite his de­fi­ance (or per­haps be­cause of it­), he let him con­tin­ue his mis­sion­ary work. The rest is his­to­ry.”

I haven’t been working on my own music lately. I’ve spent my time working on mixing the first Lullaby by Nicole White, the talented young lady from earlier posts, and a synth line for another friend’s song. Most of the time is being spent on the lullaby – I’ve comped all the performances together and done most of my mixing. Now I’m contemplating adding a flute line to the rather spare arrangement, and playing with pitch-correction plugins. More on that soon.

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , | Leave a comment

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision is an old hymn of Gaelic origin. There are at least two sets of lyrics floating around for it. One tends to be found in more traditional churches (i.e. Catholic or Presbyterian), and the other in more evangelical churches (i.e. Baptist). Believe it or not, I cannot find the Catholic lyrics that I grew up with. Continue reading

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , , | 3 Comments

Some Quick Thoughts

Just a few quick thoughts this morning before heading into work…

First, take note of a new link to the right –>

Dawn Churchill is a close family friend and prophetic writer. She has been sharing her thoughts recently in a new blog. They are inspiring and encouraging – worth your time to take a look.

Also, I have posted a scratch mix of the new track, Be Thou My Vision. I don’t have time to comment on it in depth, but a few things that I want to continue working on:

The bridge isn’t quite working for me, yet. I think I need to make the piano part more melodic and less of an accompaniment…

On smaller speakers the bodhran is indistinct and muddy…

I think I want to work in high strings starting in the bridge…

That’s all for now. Check out Dawn’s blog!

December 19, 2007 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | | Leave a comment

Save Early, Save Often

I finally found some time Wednesday night to work on my music. I played hooky from church and my wife and kids went, so I had the house (and studio) to myself. I immediately got to work (after doing the dinner dishes and straightening up the living room – after 16 years I know exactly how to get on my wife’s good side). Continue reading

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , | Leave a comment

Moments with Him

I’ve been zeroing in on the concept for my next CD project. I stated in an earlier post that my plan was to take a series of Hymns and arrange each one with some sort of a “modern” concept. My idea has evolved a bit and become more of a “Mannheim Steamroller goes to church” sort of thing. I’ve always been a big fan of Mannheim Steamroller’s music, long before they became quite popular with their Christmas albums, although the Christmas albums are the direction I’m looking at. Continue reading

October 24, 2007 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 2 Comments