Archive for December, 2009

new song > lamentation

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
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I think the inspiration is a combination of the book Lamentations (which I am currently studying) and Dantes Divine Comedy, Hell..thanks Mark…but no sorrow is complete unless there is hope. When Jeremiah looked at the aftermath of Jerusalem’s judgment, he wrote through aspects of sorrow, or lament in an epic manner. Lamentations makes statements that need revisiting in the Christian church. The great men of scripture praised when suffering.

lamentation

hallelujah
hallelujah
hallelujah
hallelujah

i sigh
i cry
praise my Lord
on most high
i sigh
i cry
praise my Lord
on most high

hallelujah
hallelujah
hallelujah
hallelujah

Martin Schongauer

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
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In this engraving, The Temptation Of St. Anthony, Martin Schongauer shows dramatic artistic mastery. Martin was the first great engraver to sign his works, and he was an influence of Durer. This engraving is dated c. 1480-1490
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Martin Schongauer The Temptation Of St. Anthony 1480 - 1490

Martin Schongauer The Temptation Of St. Anthony 1480 - 1490

new song > prayer bird

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
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has a few notable firsts. One is that I used a ride cymbal on this song that is the only remaining piece of kit from when I first began drumming as a wee lad. Two is that it is my first official scat, albeit a short one – but it was fun.

prayer bird

she was feelin low down on the outer edge of town it was midnight
everywhere she looked she saw chains and steam
all her friends were gone no one to hold tight
the gutter opens wide where the streets are mean

that’s ok that’s allright
prayer bird flyin in the middle of the night
that’s ok thats allright
prayer bird flyin in the middle of the night you’ll see
flying in the middle of the night you’ll see

well it’s rat eat rat as we see the fat cat stow all the cash
where mercilessness and hopelessness reign in the dark supreme
but she was smarter than that and her faith burned bright as she fell on her knees
and offered up a prayer to the one and only living king

that’s ok that’s allright
prayer bird flyin in the middle of the night
that’s ok thats allright
prayer bird flyin in the middle of the night you’ll

pray

on your knees and pray
prayer bird flying high
oh my my yeah use in trying

fly

up into the sky
take and help me try
prayer bird flying

that’s ok that’s allright
prayer bird flyin in the middle of the night
scat out

The life that hath not willed itself to be,

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
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Must clasp the life that willed, and be at peace;
Or, like a leaf wind-blown, through chaos flee;
A life-husk into which the demons go,
And work their will, and drive it to and fro;
A thing that neither is, nor yet can cease,
Which uncreation can alone release.

GM

prayer, and an artistic epiphany

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
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Yesterday I was in Pajamas Studio working on a new song, which is on prayer, and as I listened to the song and wrote lyrics I walked over to the 30X40 inch image of Fortitude I have in the landing area. As I looked at the image I was impressed with the interesting design of the global building, or entrance to the castle which is in the upper left corner. It really is a kind of futuristic look even today in this modern age – and this image was made in the late 1500’s. I was noticing how the huge and overpowering army was coming out of the enclosure, but nobody was going in. There is one lone being on the bridge with his hand up. The army coming out is overwhelming evil, stabbing, slicing and destroying. There is a banner that the army is flying bearing a cross with Christ. It seemed to me this represented prayer, and the army the powers of Christ as He defeats the enemy. What an amazing power we have as servants of Christ to pray into peoples lives the power of destroyers of evil. Since then when I think of it I am really edified. I hope you are too. Click image for a larger version.

from Bruegels Fortitude

from Bruegels Fortitude

album cover and thoughts on diligence

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
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well – I was talking to Kaylee (my daughter) about art and she showed me some very cool stuff she was making. One image was a charcoal drawing heart with a kind of flame coming out, another was charcoal leave drawings…I think she got the charcoal from our fire pit in the back yard. It was really nice stuff. I am debating using the heart image for the album, then using Josh’s image later – since his image is a lot more involved and could take potentially weeks more. I really want to check off this album thing – since it is a ‘bundle’ so to speak, of songs, and having it tied together in a statement, on cd – will allow me to move on to the next thing. I have a very large collection of lyrics, musical sketches and assignments that need to be dealt with, but I have a kind of sequential affliction. What I mean by this is sometimes I feel an urge to tie things up, finish them, before starting new things. There is a proverb I believe that is something to this effect; something finished is better than something started. I have also been writing articles weekly for The Examiner and this routine of somewhat forced deadline writing of the articles has gotten me thinking of a similar kind of thing for music. In a similar way to writing an article, what would happen if I wrote a song a week too? I would have roughly 52 songs and 52 articles at the years end…hmmmmmmmmmm.

songwriting, troubleshooting and drumming

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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I have been up to all 3 of these in various degrees. It has been a very rough ride adding some new techie bits to my pajamas kit. Despite taking some heavy casualties (in the way of hours spent fixing things) it appears there is good reason for optimism. The reason? My buffer runneth not over, or under for that matter. Crazy techie world we live in. It seems updating and renewing and adding the latest greatest is not always trouble free. As it stands I am now prepared and I believe I heard a gauntlet drop. Was that the throwing down of the gauntlet?