Archives For May 20, 2016

The melody for this was written about two weeks ago. I’ve been casually working it and reworking it to find the right mix, right accompaniment and correct context for a video.

As for the creative process:

I started with sequencing drums, bass and then created multiple semitone bass lines until I had a beefier background. I came up with the melody using the ‘garage band’ piano. The sound wasn’t full enough so I decided to add more keys and liked it for what it was; a fun little tune that offered a welcome distraction to our hardworking homeschoolers.

When I sat down with my guitar to really lay this out, I struggled to find the right tone. Every creative angle I tried didn’t work. Because of this, I made the decision to mute the keys, cutting the riff down to just bass, drums and piano.

Once I’d done this the song started to come together.  I worked the guitar in and then went back to the piano to add a bridge and intro; hence the high F semibreve in the introduction and finish.

After I’d mixed the instruments, I noticed a serious hole in the sound. If you listen closely you’ll hear a wave of air, another layer of bass, and a slight melodic echo. This was created by morphing three separate drum, keys and a guitar tracks.

What I’m happy with is how the piano and guitar ended up sounding together. For now, I’m content with the sound-bed, lead and bass.

What I could improve on is not having the main riff appear as often as it does. I’m conscious of it repeating too much to the point where it starts to sound, as my youngest son pointed out with another tune I was doing the other day, “like a broken record”. I don’t think this song does that.

Thus I present to you, this.

(Side note: due to lack of availability of models, I made an executive decision, and filled in for my own “photo-shoot”. I advance to you an apology for it – on the bright side, it doesn’t take away from the music too much. For the best sound experience, headphones or good speakers are recommended.)

Happy Friday, folks.

 


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Video, images & music are my own.

20th May 2016 093

 

Faith is a lot more than this, but Snoop’s got the scoop.

In the hard times it can be difficult to remember the faithfulness of God that radiated so brightly in all the good times.

God’s blessing never comes with a promise to keep us happy. Mary was blessed above all women, yet, at times suffered. Faith which goes beyond religious appearances produces fruit. It’s a thing of substance. An act that remembers God, and like Noah & Abraham, with gratitude and heartfelt, honest prayer, honours Him for His love and faithfulness. It honours and remembers that God can use any situation for His creative purposes. That even if we at any point in time find the trouble hard to comprehend, we can still hold firmly to God’s firm hold of us.

He wills to be present in our lives. He doesn’t run from us when the storms come. No storm can prevail over against God who, in Jesus Christ, has prevailed. Time and time again, we’re called not only to remember, but also to be a living reminder of what the living God has chosen to do for us, so that we could be with Him.

God has made Himself know to us as the Creator. He tells us that He creates, not to destroy or corrupt, but to build up, cherish and take joy in what He created. This doesn’t mean that He is beyond allowing something to be corrected or destroyed, He can. To say otherwise would deny Him his freedom; His holiness and sovereignty. It would deny Him, his parental right to speak a loving “no,” in order to protect us and instruct us.

What this faith means is that in the good times or in times of desolation, we’re to remember to stand firm in the fact that God is the Creator who says, “yes” to life and wills to raise us up to live it abundantly.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1, ESV)

In a nut shell: God will make a way.

Amen to that!


Image: Peanuts, A year’s worth of smiles & blessings, Peanuts worldwide, 2011, Dayspring)