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One of the biggest challenges in recording a CD (or a batch of songs) is to add meaningful textures and sounds to each song so that they stand alone. My biggest fear is that all the songs on a CD will end up sounding alike. I am constantly listening to new and old songs to try and identify what makes them unique.
This is actually one of the most enjoyable parts of recording. It's like going to a smorgasboard that features a wide array of ingredients where you can build your own salad or meal. With both food and music, I'm looking for techniques and tricks that will season and add flavor!
I'm working on a new song titled, "Dark the Night." The first few lines go like this:
"When the curtains fall down, And the night settles 'round, The sky is a canvas of diamonds, In the dark of the night, When the moon isn't bright, I see millions of sparkling jewels."
I've been asked to sing June 15, 2015, at 4 pm in the Sacramento area (Carmichael SDA Church) for a fund-raiser for Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia. This is a courageous group of people who sacrifice their lives to be there for people in need.
I recently wrote a song about living in the Sierra-Nevada foothills, east of Sacramento, which I will be recording this summer (2015). Here's the first verse:
Have you ever been to the hills east of Sacramento,
Where the nights are scented with the smell of pine?
Where people live in a town they call Rescue,
Near the place where gold was found in '49.
Sometimes when I'm driving down Green valley,
I see ghost riders racing by my car,
With their mail-packs slung over their shoulders,
On horses they've been driving too far.
In the hills east of Sacramento.
(Green Valley Road can be seen from my bedroom window and is the route the Pony Express took in the middle 1800's from Carson City, NV to Sacramento, CA).
The sunsets are beautiful looking west from El Dorado Hills. I never grow weary of watching the wide open sky from our foothil perch.
I attended the West Coast Songwriters Sacramento Chapter last night and was surprised to win the "Best Song of the Month" award for March 2015. The song is titled "California," and I'm in the process of recording it now. What a blast!
This weekend (Feb. 7, 2015) I'm leading worship with my brother Dan, and a number of his friends at the Sonora Adventist Church, in Sonora, California. If you are in the area come on by! I'm taking my Larrivee acoustic and Guild Bluesbird to mix things up a little. Looking forward to it.
Tomorrow I'm flying to Burbank then driving to Riverside, California, to prepare for inSpire--which begins Friday evening at 8 pm at the La Sierra University Church (Jan. 23-24, 2015). I've been involved in the planning of this event for nearly a year. It is a gathering for creatives who have a desire to follow Jesus and to share his story enchantingly with anyone who will listen.
For more details visit: www.visitinspire.org/news2015
I'll be playing and singing at the Orangevale Adventist church this Saturday near Sacramento. Join us at 11:00 am. Would love to see you!