Another musical thought on some Salvation Army music.
My early working life was that of a piano tuner. I studied the art of piano tuning, maintenance and restoration for 3 years (yes, 3 years!) and have never lost the love of what goes into making a piano...especially a beautiful sounding piano.
Click here for a little insight into the manufacture of one and a bit about how they are living, organic instruments that give a full body experience when playing one.
A piece of music I'll be using as an intro to a film about the Salvation Army's International Headquarters building.
I've used SpitFire audio sound libraries in the main with the occasional sound from Heavyocity, another of my favourite sound libraries.
Here's the soundtrack to the General's Easter Message.
I've been a Geneva ambassador for a while now, but today, Geneva added me to their website as one of their Euphonium Artists. This is surreal for me to be on the same page as people such as Glenn van Looy, Thomas and James Fountain. Whilst I'm not the player that they are, my love for brass music and especially the euphonium is something that I'm very proud and passionate about.
So I've added a few tracks for sale in the store. Why am I selling tracks? Well I have done this for a while now through a site called Audiojungle. Audiojungle is a media gateway for musicians, graphic designers, motion video specialists to sell their products to each other. For example, someone putting a video together may need a soundtrack. Both are available at Audiojungle.
However, some of my tracks are not right for that kind of commercial site and so these are the ones that I'm selling on here at a much lower price band (Audiojungle charge around $15 per track on average). If you feel that one or several of my tracks on this site can be used as part of your worship in some way, whether it's to read scripture to or simple just to relax with, then please purchase one.
Here's my latest track. Most of these new tracks are for use with films I'm creating. I try to follow the theme of the film when writing the track and so it's a fairly straight forward marriage of film and music. Sometimes I have to write specifically for the action on the film for it to work, but most of the films I work on will use music that doesn't require too much manipulation for the music.
I hope you enjoy it. This one might be ok for reading the love chapter along to.
Here's my Worship playlist on Soundcloud. I hope to create a CD resource using a selection of these tracks later this year. It would be great to know which tracks from this list you favour and would like to see in CD or download form to use as either a resource for your church or for your personal devotions.
Let me know!
Later this year I'll be taking my family on a road trip. We head off to New York before hiring a car and driving to Philadelphia, then onto Washington before heading north to Niagara, Toronto and then finally head back south to New York once again for a few more days in the Big Apple!
En route, we hope to take in a couple of Staff Band rehearsals on the way in New York and Canada.
We're all very excited as we love to travel and see new places around the world.
It's a busy year for The Salvation Army and part of my role means creating lots of music and video for the year of the mobilising initiative, a project to get the Army on fire for reaching out into our communities.
During the year I'll be creating lots of rich media content which you can keep up with either on my Soundcloud feed, or youtube. See my social links at the bottom of each page on this site for easy links to those feeds.
I'm so happy that I've recently had my first Salvation Army Song published. It's a bright number called 'Showers of Blessing' and uses the old words to a new upbeat tune. You can get it from Salvationist Publishing and Supplies if you want it!
I've been invited to be the guest soloist at the Lurgan Salvation Army in March to celebrate their band weekend with them. Joining me will be Andrew Blyth as guest conductor for the weekend.
I'm very much looking forward to going as I love Northern Ireland and have heard so many great things about the corps there. It will also be a great pleasure to play a duet with John Murdock, a fine euphonium player whom I played alongside in the Bravura euphonium ensemble at a Gospel Arts Festival a few years ago.