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.
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“Dreams & Visions” – Piano Music for Prayer, Meditation, Soaking Worship, Relaxation, Mindfulness
Today’s episode features my customized patches from the “Sunday Sounds” assortment of sounds. I layer these in with my solo piano to provide a soundscape that is ethereal, relaxing, and continuous.
As I was improvising this morning in my morning devotion I was thinking about dreams and visions. I believe that these still happen. I also believe that we miss so many opportunities to experience them because we don’t stop our busy lives and simply be still and listen.
That’s exactly what this episode of the Worship Interludes Podcast is about. Take time, slow down, and listen. I hope that it inspires you and gives you hope and dreams.
“Goodness of God” – Piano Instrumental for Prayer, Soaking Worship, Meditation, Quiet Time, and Rest
Today’s piano improvisation was inspired by a long, personal post that I shared on my personal Facebook profile today. This week marks a two year anniversary of a major transition and trial in my business life. It was one of the scariest times I’ve experienced and now that I’m reflecting on this two years later, I’m so grateful for the goodness and faithfulness of God.
I chose to add a video element on the video version of this episode. In this video loop, courtesy of DreamBackgrounds, you can hear the water on the shore and there is a constant sound of wind on the microphone. As an audiophile I didn’t want that wind noise. Yet, the more I worked on editing that audio the more I grew to love the sound of that background noise. It’s real. And life is real. Transitions are real. Trials are real. Sometimes, the wind is blowing.
One thing I know for sure. God is good. He is faithful.
Take time if you’d like to read the long, heartfelt post I shared on my social media. Listen to this piece and hopefully it draws you into a secret place of gratitude and contentment.
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“Contentment” – Solo Piano Improvisation Background Music for Prayer, Meditation, Soaking Worship, Relaxation, and Mindfulness
Contentment is a word that has become very powerful in my life recently. The spelling and sound of the word content is so incredibly similar to the word contempt. They are so close yet so dramatically far away. One of these words can breathe life into your soul and the other word is bitter poison that brings nothing but unhappiness, stress, anxiety, and death to our souls.
Every one of us has different areas in our lives where things may not be the way we’d hoped. When disappointment sets in we can begin to focus on all of the negative things in our situation and eventually this leads to judgment against others and ultimately, contempt. Contempt is such a dangerous place to be as this feeling removes love from our heart and replaces it with scorn, disdain, and disgust. On the other hand, the wonderful ability to be content brings about such joy and freedom.
Being content is not easy. I believe this comes as a special grace from God through prayer and self sacrifice. Yet, in that sacrifice you come to a place where you realize that even if everything isn’t perfect in your life, you are at peace and have discovered how to be satisfied.
The apostle Paul shares this so beautifully in the book of Philippians, Chapter 4:
11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 11-13
I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider areas in your heart where perhaps you’ve formed contempt over contentment. Confess those and ask for the strength and grace to be content in your situation. And remember, being content doesn’t mean that you give up on seeing your circumstances changing. It just means they don’t control your heart, mind, and emotions. It means that in the waiting, you are at peace.