Today I am releasing another song, Mary’s Gift, in my series of music that will make up my Christmas album that I plan to have ready by October or early November!!!
Releasing Christmas music in the summer isn’t so crazy after all, at least that’s what an article in Fortune magazine implies as they found that Pandora experiences a surge in mid-summer holiday music listening.
This month’s song is called Mary’s Gift and it celebrates in song the Blessed Virgin Mary’s humility and openness to God’s will, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) and God’s love for the world, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Go to the Music Store to download a copy. A video is available too!
This song, All Things New, is a song that I composed about a year ago. One week, a Sunday Mass reading included part of the book of Revelation, chapter 21 and the Lord’s promise to make all things new resonated with me and stayed in my mind. At about the same time I had become interested in Motown artists and music and the combination of the two ideas resulted in my song, All Things New, to which I tried to give a bit of a Motown vibe. I hope you like it!
See my music page to download a copy of All Things New.
The New Heaven and the New Earth
Revelation Chapter 21
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; 3 and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life. 7 He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.
Here is a preview of the cover art for the next song I have been working on due out later this week. Can you guess the title?!
I am releasing today as a single my own pop/rock instrumental arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, in the style of someone like Mannheim Steamroller. You can get your copy either directly from my music store, from CD Baby or it should be available from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or other on-line digital music sites. Once I have it ready, I can make copies of the score available for anyone who would like a copy. I created the instrumentation, played the instruments (see list below!) and recorded this in my studio. Engineering/mixing assistance was provided by “Powerhouse Studios” in Seattle!
The link to my Hallelujah Chorus video is right here. You can also find it on Youtube…see below! 🙂
I hope you like it. Have a blessed Easter.
The Hallelujah Chorus is very popular at Christmas time, but I think it is just as appropriate during Easter, and maybe even more fitting from a theological point of view. The back story is that I have been working on a number of Christmas-themed songs that I plan to release as an album this fall, in time for Christmas, but the work has to be done now and I don’t want to hold onto things once I am finished, so plan on seeing a fairly steady release of new music from me this year as singles. Besides, a lot of people love celebrating Christmas any time of the year. I know my daughter does, and she probably has the largest collection of Christmas music in the world.
I began working on my arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus in late December after we attended the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. There are probably countless performances of the Hallelujah Chorus in the traditional genre, so I wanted to do something more pop oriented and that is what you have here.
The Hallelujah Chorus is such an awesome piece and it is addictive. I want to listen to it and sing it over and over. Old GF (George Frideric) really knew how to write a “hook”. I think the power of it lies in its rhythm, which comes naturally from the words and the melody spiraling higher and higher.
Handel composed the entire Messiah oratorio in the year 1741 and he completed the entire thing in an incredible 24 days! Maybe he was a manic-depressive and got stuck in a manic mode. Who knows. At any rate, it is a brilliant masterpiece of composition and the world owes him a debt for his art.
In my arrangement I added a drum solo and moog synthesizer motif to the introduction. Below is the orchestral instrumentation on the left mapped to what I have used in my performance on the right. I played all instruments.
- Violin 1 Electric Guitar 1 and 2
- Violin 2 Electric Piano
- Viola Synthesizer
- Cello Electric Bass
- Oboe Classical Guitar
- Bassoon Electric Bass
- Trumpet Trumpet
- Timpani Timpani
- None Drums
- None Other percussion