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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

Holiness | Piano Background Music for Prayer [Episode 182, October 11, 2019]

“Holiness” – Piano Instrumental Background Music for Prayer, Devotion, Soaking Worship, Meditation, and Relaxation

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Today’s episode is called “Holiness” and it was inspired by the “Verse of the Day” in my Bible app from YouVersion.

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:13-15, NKJV – YouVersion/Bible

Originally, I was going to let this improvisation stand alone with only the piano. As I was mixing down the final master, I decided to hear it with that I now commonly refer to as the “tonic track”, which is the root and fifth note of the key. I loved the way it pulled the piece together, especially coming from the introduction that I’ve recently added.

For me personally, I enjoyed recording this piece. As I recorded and again as I played it back I closed my eyes and sang worship from my heart to God. I’m here all alone in my home studio this morning and it was a refreshing time for me.

I hope you enjoy it and find a peace and Presence in your life as you listen.

Grace and peace,

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Grace and Peace | Piano Interlude [Episode 181, October 8, 2019]

“Grace and Peace” – Solo Piano Improvisation

“Grace and Peace” is a way that I often sign my emails. I think it’s a beautiful gift to extend to someone. We could all use more grace and peace in our lives.

This piece is a simple piano improvisation in the Key of A Major. This morning as I recorded I just felt like closing my eyes, breathing slowly, and playing whatever melody came forth.

It has a lyrical, light feel to it and I hope that you will enjoy it.

This episode also has an “intro bumper” that I’ve prepared. I’m considering adding this to each episode. I’m honestly deeply torn because I know the speaking can disrupt the flow of the interludes. At the same time, I want to give people an opportunity to discover and find the rest of my music. I am making a version of the podcast available that does NOT have a bumper intro for patrons. My thought was that of the thousands of people who download this every day, would it be too much to ask people to become a supporting patron for as little as only $1/month for the ad-free/bumper-free version?

I’m open to your thoughts. I love making this podcast available to the world. It blesses my soul to read all of the feedback and comments. Yet, it also requires a substantial amount of time, energy, and work.

Regardless, I continue to record, release, and offer you grace and peace.

Fred McKinnon, Pianist/Composer

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Faithful | Piano Instrumental [Episode 180, October 3, 2019]

“Faithful” – A Piano Instrumental Interlude by Fred McKinnon

Today’s improvisational interlude is based around a constant droning of a tonic pad. The “Tonic Pad” is simply a sustained hold of the root and fifth notes of the key. In this song, I’m in the key of C Major, so the tonic pad is holding a C and G note. All of the melodies and chords that flow underneath this sustained pad are part of the key, and these two notes are shared tones. In music theory, we call that “common tones”.

I wanted to provide a piece that was simple, constant, and had enough space for the listener to just relax and soak in the feel of the piece. I chose the word “Faithful” because it reminds me of God. He is always faithful. Just as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, just as these common tones sustain and suspend throughout the entire piece – all of that is constant and faithful.

I hope that you enjoy the music.

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