notes from the shore

Adventures in Home Recording

Every Day

My wife celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago. It also happened to be the 20th anniversary of our engagement. I’ve been wanting to write for her a song for some time, and this seemed the right occasion.

So, how does one sum up 20 years in a 3 1/2 minute song? Not easily, I can tell you. This is also the first time I sat down to write a song about something not starting with a melody, or phrase, or hook to begin the process. Continue reading


July 6, 2010 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kidz Praise

At my church, the kids under 5th grade have their own service (under 3 in the nursery). I’m the music coordinator for the rugrats, and what we do is project the lyrics of praise songs on a screen with crazy backgrounds, and play kids versions of those songs (in good keys for pre-voice change voices to sing, usually shorter arrangements). Then the kid’s praise leader stands up in front and leads the singing and motions for each song. I work up a good sweat every time. Continue reading

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , , | 2 Comments

Song Production from Begining to End

There are quite a few steps that make up taking a song from initial concept to completed production, ready for public consumption. Since I don’t have any real progress on my own music to report, I thought I would entertain myself outlining those steps for potential recording songwriters. Continue reading

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , | 1 Comment

Interlude: Majestic

In an earlier post I described the concept for my new CD. As a quick recap, it will be made up of creative instrumental arrangements of traditional hymns with interspersed interludes. Most of the interludes are not beyond the concept stage, although one is now FINISHED. It has been posted on my Soundclick site, and you are welcome to take a listen. Continue reading

February 10, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , | 1 Comment

Free Reverb Roundup

Lately I’ve been experimenting with a variety of the free reverb VSTi’s available on the internet. There are a countless number of them, but some of them, I think, deserve mention. They may find a valuable place in your own virtual studio. Continue reading

February 8, 2008 Posted by | Plugins | , | 5 Comments

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Okay, I couldn’t resist. The song has been posted: Continue reading

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Piano Concerto | , , , , | Leave a comment