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Fred McKinnon is a Pianist/Composer from St. Simons Island, GA. Checkout the full BIO for more information and a complete bio. Worship Interludes Podcast - This podcast features instrumentals for prayer, meditation, soaking worship, relaxation, study music, and rest. Visit the Podcast page to listen or subscribe. Follow on Social MediaFacebookYouTubeInstagramTwitter

Soaking In The Light | Keyboard Instrumental [Episode 176, August 21, 2019]

“Soaking In The Light” – Instrumental Music for Soaking Worship, Prayer, & Meditation

Today’s interlude is an extended, thirteen minute interlude with a mixture of synth pads, effects, and piano. It’s called “Soaking in the Light”. It’s a slow, intentional piece in the key of G-minor. This improvisation is one of those pieces that lends itself to just laying back and closing your eyes. Listen. Pray. Meditate. Sense God’s Presence as you worship and reflect on Him.

Like most people, minor keys tend to make us think of sadness or grief. I’m learning that the minor key is beautiful and doesn’t have to paint a picture of sorrow at all. It’s also a key and progression that helps me slow down, breathe, and think more deeply. As a Christian, I often feel that the minor key pulls me into a deeper sense of intercession and prayer.

Whether you listen as a means to “soak” in worship and prayer or simply as a means to rest, relax, study, or sleep – my hope and prayer is that the music touches you; mind, spirit, body, soul – that it refreshes you and makes your day a better day.

I’m always eager to hear your feedback on these pieces that utilize additional sounds. This is a departure from the solo piano interludes. I still feel that the majority of improvisations for the Worship Interludes Podcast will be solo piano but I really enjoy layering some of the extra sounds from time to time for a different vibe.

Grace and Peace to you,
Fred

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Grace, Peace, and Love [Episode 175, August 17, 2019]

Worship Interludes Podcast – Piano Instrumental Music

It’s early Saturday morning and it’s raining outside. I’m a day or so late in recording the 2nd podcast episode of the week and it’s easy at this point to just let it slip. I wasn’t feeling very motivated but have committed to doing everything possible to maintain my goal of producing two interludes per week.

I often record after I’ve had my own personal quiet time of devotion. Today I just decided that the recording time would be my devotion. My hope was to start playing and just pray what was on my heart.

As I began to play I found myself taking some deep breaths and settling into the music. As time began to pass my heart turned towards an issue where there is a conflict between someone very dear to me and another group of people. I felt empathy for the situation and began to pray into that. I was quite aware of the rain pouring outside and I just began to pray that there would be grace, peace, and love in the midst of this storm.

Conflicts will always happen in life – whether it be with ourselves, our children, or others that are dear to us. It’s easy to get caught up in these conflicts, take up offense, and manipulate things. Instead, we should pull aside, be still, pray, and find the best path to forgiveness, grace, peace, and love.

Are there unresolved conflicts in your life or in the lives of those you love? Perhaps as you listen to this episode you can take a few moments to release forgiveness, ask for self-awareness, and bless those involved with grace, peace, and love.

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In the Stillness | Piano Instrumental Music [Episode 174, August 12, 2019]

“In the Stillness” – Piano Improvisation by Fred McKinnon

As I listened to the interlude that I recorded today I was searching for the right title and feel. It has a soothing, peaceful vibe but it also feels somewhat happy. I choose “In the Stillness” because it reminded me of that feeling I have when I slow down and “be still and know” and trust in God.

Not much else to say about this episode. It’s pure solo piano with no special effects or additional sounds or layers.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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