Thursday, April 24, 2014
New CD Release!!!
Be sure to pick up your copy of our latest CD "Water" at the parish office if you are local, or by hitting the"Paypal" button above if you're an "outa'towner". We'll ship you copies promptly.
It turned out Spectacular!!! The release concert was a hoot as well and we are posting performances here at my Youtube channel.
We will also celebrated my 25th anniversary as Music Director here at St. Joachim Church! I was modestly lampooned with old photos and stories from my sister that Frank Consoli dug up.
Yes, it was about this time 25 years ago that I packed up my green truck with all things musical and a few things to wear, left Colorado behind and headed for CA. I was after a crazy "banjo" dream, but God had other plans.
After sending out many resumes I was hired part time at St. Joachim's and my only responsibility was to cover music for the Sunday evening mass. That went pretty well and the job description slowly hemorrhaged into its current form.
I love this work which nicely combines my love of music with my love for the Catholic faith. While following Christ into this avocation meant getting by on a modest income, the personal benefits have been incredible, as are the people who I am privileged to work with in creating music each week. AE
A little blast from the past:
My professional level banjo playing is a thing of the past due to an overuse injury, but my band-mate, Barry Thorpe, passed along some rare footage of my banjo antics fromearly 1990. Click here and you'll see/hear an aspiring Bela Fleck junkie with the band "Shrink-to-Fit".
New Mix! Irish Blessing
Rich and I have been back at it up in Altedena and 5 fresh mixes are coming down the pike. Click the title above and hear my setting to the old "Irish Blessing". (Starring my wife Diane with a big debut solo!) As a young lad an Irish linen with these words embroidered were on the living room wall of my house, as in any good Irish household, right next to the portrait of the pope and a photo of John F. Kennedy. (The crucifix hovering all of these)
The other 4 are right on the verge of "done" and will come down like an avalanche the next time Rich and I get together. ("The Way, The Truth, The Life", "Let Us Be Filled", "How Great and Glorious are You", and "Call On the Lord". That will finish the new CD! We will have the final product at the CD Release concert on May 29th at St. Joachim!
The trip to Altadena before that was quite fruitful with new mixes on"The Sound of One Voice" and "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry". Along with the recently completed "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled" they are the last three clips of the 8 song montage you can hear by clicking here.
We're coming down the home-stretch with our new CD! 'Just one more studio day in early May followed by work on the cover and reproduction.
Speaking of new CDs, you must pick up the new School Choir CD!
At just $10.00 it's a great deal and you will love the performances turned in by our young singers. The production quality on all five songs is second to none. The songs are: Lean On Me, Give Jesus A Dwelling Place, Ave Verum Corpus, I'll Follow and He Ain't Heavy. You'll be quite blessed in hearing these recordings. (More info on the "Student Choir News" page. (Upper Left)
"Good and Faithful Servant" has been published and is now available from Oregon Catholic Press! Click on title to hear new mix!
This is our 4th song published by OCP, and the 3rd song from the "I'll Follow" collection to make the publishing cut. "Good and Faithful Servant" has been distributed in OCPs' choral packet #75 making it known and available to choirs everywhere in the English speaking world. Hopefully we will continue to receive good news like this on others works that serve our parish well.
To all who attended our "Adopt-A-Song" concert, thanks for a great evening!!!
If you missed it, YOU MISSED IT!
What else is new?
We have finished recording the new CD and we are down to just one more post-production day to finish it off. I'll be doing that along with the cover during February-March '15. Stay tuned and we'll hopefully have some good news soon! You could help speed this process along by adopting a song! Click the fund raising concert icon above to see how you can be a part of this!
I placed most of my efforts last summer finishing up earlier recordings and getting them on their way to publishers hither and yon. I submitted 3 compositions during 2012 for publication; "God From God, Light From Light", "Dwell Within Me", and "Heaven and Earth Are Wed".
Several more songs were completed in 2013 including "Water", "I Am Always Near", and "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled". We completed "The Sound of One Voice" and "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry" at eh end of 2014. You can hear sound-clips for all of these songs by clicking HERE.
These songs and a few more comprise our next CD, so please support the effort by making sure you own both of our current CDs; preferably one copy for each playing device in your home and car! You can order them by clicking "Albums and Sound Clips" on the menu bar above or better yet, purchase them from me or the parish office. (That way we can keep more of the proceeds.)
In the recording process are "How Great And Glorious Are You", "Call On The Lord", "Let Us Be Filled With Every Grace and Blessing", "The Way, The Truth, The Life", and "Let There Be Light" Thanks to the proceeds from the "Year of Faith" concert, we've been more able to move these songs and others along.
Click the concert icon above for more info on adopting a song! Your name will appear on the CD jacket as the sponsor and this money will help speed all songs to completion in the coming months. You can also preview song texts by going to the Lyrics, Poetry and Background portion of this website.
A few new pages up recently for your perusing:
"Poetry, Lyrics and Song Background" will give you just what it says on most of my music. "Andrew's Arsenal" will give any musical instrument junkies more info than most would want about the instrumental contents of my garage!
There is a great review of the "I'll Follow" CD up at a Catholic music website called the Grapevine. Click here to dial it up. It's rather short, but flattering none the less. (Look it up under "A" for Andrew, not "E" for Everson) The same review has also appeared at Catholic.net. This article though, allows you to comment on the review, so go on and say something nice!
Those interested in joining the ministry this season can contact me at my office number 949-574-7400 ext 413 or email me at email@example.com
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