Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Dream, Focal Dystonia, and the 5 string Banjo
I'm getting clearer answers to the demise of my beloved 5 string banjo. This took place in the mid 90's when I was showcasing a new fusion-banjo project. No definite cure but some hopeful glimmers that might help me regain at least a portion of my former skills on the instrument. Click HERE for the whole saga.
We are in low gear now with Summer Duets/Trios covering the music for July/August. Fr. Sera's final mass went very well and we wish him a fond farewell and great success at his new assignment at St. Mary's in Fullerton. (3 blocks from my home!)
My last trip to Altadena 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.
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!
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 a few more post-production days to finish it off. I'll be doing that along with the cover over the summer. 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". As noted above we have just completed "The Sound of One Voice" and "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry" in 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", "Irish Blessing" 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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