Solos For Sunday Morning — 13 New Songs!

 

It’s been a busy summer.  Well, it’s been a busy couple of years!  A lot coming down the pike and coming to fruition this fall.  It gives me great joy to announce the launch of 13 new solos that I have composed with church soloists especially in mind. Watchfire Music has released these songs individually and as a Song Bundle (digital song book) called ” Solos For Sunday Morning” all penned by yours truly.

You can check out the digital sheet music, study tracks, accompaniment tracks and more right here.

By way of introduction, I include here my Note from The Composer article that we have included with all of the Song Bundle downloads.  Take a read.  I think it will tell you a lot.  Also, if you want to read on about how we are helping musicians to feel more comfortable preparing contemporary church music, download this free PDF chock full of information and suggestions!

Additionally, for those of you who would like to listen to a solo from the song bundle this week, stop by our ISOTW (Inspirational Song of the Week) — I went into the studio and sang a couple of these songs for you.  This one is called “Words Upon The Wall.”  I hope you enjoy it.

And now … here are some thoughts on this new bundle of songs from me … to you:

A Note From The Composer

I have truly loved working on this book of solos.  About a year ago I made the decision to dedicate a major portion of my life to the study of spirituality through the Bible.  And what better way of doing this than through music.  The work has been buoyant, challenging and totally fulfilling.  And what a gift I have in my partner, Julia Wade, and her magical interpretations of my music!  Her CD, Sunday Morning, fully orchestrated, will follow soon after the release of this book of 13 songs expressly written for church soloists around the world.

These songs require consecration.  They are not songs one can first pick up on a Friday and then sing on Sunday.  Like anything worthwhile, they will take some time to contemplate and prepare properly — for both you, the vocalist, and your musician.  I ask that you give the song time — time to gather inside of you, time to fire your being.  I like to write songs with the rhythm of the spoken word and the natural feeling of the inspired moment.  

Consequently, the rhythms of my music are often complex and perhaps a bit tricky for some musicians. And so I very much recommend listening to the study tracks and Julia Wade’s album to feel the naturalness of those rhythms before you start to learn the songs.  The notes on a page of sheet music are an approximation of the music in my heart and soul, but only that, an approximation.

It’s why both Julia and I have worked very hard all these years to get off the music  paper and more into the moment or total experience of the song. A song is just so much more that what’s on the page.  It must be, for everyone present, an inspirational experience.

When Julia sang her seven years as soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, The Mother Church, she would always start the work on a given song at least a month in advance.  This enabled her to get inside of the song and its meanings, its rhythms, its depth.  I certainly understand if your lifestyle will not permit this kind of consecration, but give it a try occasionally with these songs.  I promise a rich musical and spiritual experience.  

Thanks for singing my songs.

I write them for each of you.

 

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