My Latest Composition: Awakening

Soundcloud-AwakeningHey Friends,

Last week I shared a behind the scenes preview of the process I went through in creating the new piece, “Awakening”.  As promised, I’m happy to share the entire piece now.

We performed this as the open to our Easter celebration services at SSCC.  It was a real pleasure to play the grand piano with the orchestral tracks and the additional live musicians that included live drums, percussion, and horns.

There was an accompanying visual that was shown on our two side screens and center LED screen as well.   Hopefully, we’ll have that available in a week or so. (Our Tech Director is on Spring Break)

Thank you for the encouraging remarks about the music.  It inspires, encourages, and challenges me to make time in my busy schedule to create music again.


Behind the Scenes: Composing “Awakening” for Easter

Hey Gang,

grand-pianoFor the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a new composition entitled “Awakening”.   It’s another instrumental featuring piano with orchestral accompaniment tracks, similar to “The Coronation” that I composed for Christmas a few years ago.

I’ll be performing the entire piece as our “open” this Easter Sunday at SSCC.   David Yarborough and Travis Paulding have helped create a script with stunning visuals to accompany the live performance on our LED and side screens.  The performance will include grand piano, the recorded orchestral tracks, and live horns and percussion.

A few friends and co-workers who watched this piece come to life encouraged me to post a little “behind the scenes” peak at how this was created.  I think that most of my musician friends can appreciate what it’s like to go from a simple idea to a fully produced work.  My non-musical friends find the process interesting as well, especially knowing the back story of how the piece was inspired.

I look forward to sharing the entire piece with you shortly but until then … here’s a sneak peak of how the song came about.  Hope you enjoy it!




Worship Recap from Sunday, Feb 10 at SSCC

Sunday SetlistsHey Gang,

I’ve spent the past 3-1/2 days with about 130 of our men from SSCC at our first men’s retreat.  It was an amazing time.  I wasn’t sure how a tent full of men would respond in worship.  I can say that they responded powerfully and I’m reminded of what an amazing sound it is to hear men lifting their voices in praise.

As the last official session of our church’s “Iron Man Retreat” we asked all the men to wake up early Sunday morning, pack up, and head to our church for both services.  They filled the center rows and helped lead our congregation with enthusiastic praise.

We chose to have a smaller, acoustic-driven band for the retreat so we carried that over to the main service with a few additions.  Our praise team was all-men yesterday, including myself on keys/vocals, Russ Hutto on acoustic guitar/vocals, David Dantzler on electric guitar/vocals, Doug Dawson on drums, and Gary Share on bass.   We didn’t have bass/drums on the retreat but used a djembe and hand percussion instead.

We also carried over songs from the retreat.  Our walk-in was the Crowder arrangement of “Because He Lives” (A) and Harry Jones joined us on harmonica.  Then we sang “Our God” (G) which was one of those songs the men really sing out on.

Daniel Bashta has a song, Praise the Invisible, featured over at TheWorshipCommunity.Com and we used that song throughout the entire weekend as an anthem and sung it again in our Sunday service.   We did that in the key of G which was singable for the men.

To close the worship service we sang “10,000 Reasons” (E) and during ministry time also used “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” (E).

It was an amazing time and although the weekend left us pretty tired, we were recharged spiritually.

Read about other worship services in the “Sunday Setlists” blog and feel free to leave your own comments below about our service or your own services.

For the Kingdom,