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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

A Call To Prayer | U.S. Government Shutdown [Episode 124, January 24, 2019]

“A Call To Prayer” – Music and Video for Soaking Prayer, Meditation

Today’s interlude was inspired in an unlikely situation. I was at my morning workout with some buddies and we always end this workout with a “COT” – Circle of Trust. During this time, after brief announcements, we ask for prayer requests and then the leader for the day finishes with a quick prayer.

My friend’s prayer was motivating. Our government here in the United States has been shut down for over a month. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are without their pay. Our Congress and President have such terrible strife, division, and enmity, that nothing is being accomplished. I suppose my disgust for this situation has blinded me to the reality that we are called to pray for our leaders – those in authority over us, our governing officials, and all of our fellow mankind.

During the prayer, my friend did not pray for any political party to win. He did not pray against anyone. He simply asked for God to bring peace into the situation so that the conflicts could be resolved.

I was convicted deeply because although I’ve prayed for people who have been impacted by this situation, I haven’t really prayed for the leaders. I had lost hope and forgotten about the charge we have to pray for them.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

Let Us Pray

After being inspired by this prayer, I personally repented of my failure to be praying for my governing officials and those in authority over me. I came into my studio and created this musical interlude and companion video to inspire people everywhere to join in prayer for our leaders and all of our fellow man.

Perhaps you are not a person of faith. Although my own motivation and passion for this music comes from deep within my own Christian faith, I believe that you can still benefit greatly from listening to this music. Be still. Express gratitude for your many blessings. Consider how you might love others more deeply and bring value to their lives.

For those of us who are of faith, take time and pray. Pray for peace. Pray for unity. Pray for progress. In your prayer, do not cast judgment; rather, proclaim grace and mercy. Our divided government faces a huge mountain … an obstacle of hate, division, envy, and discord. Proclaim grace to this mountain and let us wait to see resolutions.

Behind The Scenes – The Recording Process

From time to time I like to share a bit of the recording process and the sounds I use. For those who are frequent listeners of the Worship Interludes Podcast, you will quickly recognize that the instrumentation on this interlude is unique.

For this piece, I experimented with my own custom combination of sounds in the sound library “Keyscape” by Spectrasonics. This particular sound is the combination of a custom-modified, 7’6″ Yamaha C7 Grand Piano and a rare, turn-of-the-20th-Century Wing Upright piano with its Tremolo attachment engaged. Using my Yamaha S80 controller, I was able to fade the upright tremolo in and out as desired. The sound is haunting and sets the tension in the music for intercession and prayer during dark, troubling times.

For the video, I wanted to have imagery of candles and smoke. Lighting candles for prayers is a tradition that takes us back many centuries. Although there is no special spiritual reaction to lighting a candle, it’s meant to be a symbolic action of our lighting the fire and releasing it to burn. As fire traditionally represents the Holy Spirit in the Bible, smoke is often symbolic of God’s Presence. I’m also fond of any videos of waterfalls, rivers, and flowing water.

I hope that you enjoy this composition. I hope that the tone translates the tension of the time and that it pushes you to pray and intercede for those in authority, our leaders, our loved ones, and all of our fellow man.

Thank you for listening!
Fred

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The Promise of Sunrise | Piano Instrumental Music [Episode 123, January 22, 2019]

The Promise of Sunrise” is a piano instrumental composed and performed by Fred McKinnon. It’s part of the “Worship Interludes Podcast” – a soundtrack for times of prayer, quiet time, devotion, meditation, soaking worship, soaking prayer, relaxation, and rest. This special interlude has a beautiful video with still images and time lapse video of breathtaking sunrises.

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The Inspiration:

This morning I gathered with some of my friends for a tough workout outdoors in the brisk 45 degree weather. It was a great time of exercise and when it was over I drove to one of my favorite spots on Saint Simons Island, Georgia – the Village Creek Landing. From here I sat in my truck and enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise and had my own devotional time.

I love a sunrise because it reminds me of the promises of God. You can be assured that each day, the sun will rise and the sun will set. It’s a promise of the Universe and in the same way, we can rest assured that God’s faithfulness will remain just as steadfast.

The sunrise represents the start of a new day. Perhaps you need a new day, a new season, a new way of thinking.

During this interlude, I would like to encourage you to take time to consider what your agenda looks like for the day (or the day to come). Contemplate what is important to you. Most importantly, take time to express gratitude for the ability to see another day and for the good things that happened the prior day.

The images and videos that are used in this piece are courtesy of Pexels.Com – providing stunning, beautiful, royalty-free images and videos.

Happy Listening!

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The Deep Things | 1 Corinthians 2:10 [Episode 122, January 18, 2019]

The Deep Things – Piano Instrumental for Prayer, Meditation, and Soaking

Today’s interlude, “The Deep Things” is spacious and contemplative. I wanted to record an episode with a lot of space and room. This music turned out to be great for prayer, meditation, and deep thinking. As I recorded this and listened to it afterwards, I wanted to just close my eyes and prayerfully press into those “deep things” – those hidden treasures and purposes that we only discover through much prayer and seeking.

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul tells us that the Spirit of God searches and knows these deep mysteries. As Believers, we are blessed to have that same Spirit of the Living God residing inside of us who can teach and show us the deep things of God.

However, as it is written:  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him – these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God

1 Corinthians 2: 9-11

I’ve used a different piano sound on this instrumental. As you can hear, it has a longer reverb and ambient effect that helps the melody to linger.

I hope you enjoy listening. For those of faith, I hope that it helps you to pray and soak in a time of seeking. I also realize that there are many who listen to this music who may not be of the same Christian faith but enjoy the music for the calm and relaxing sounds. Either way, my hope and prayer is that the music will be a blessing to you and all those who listen.

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