Making Music

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Last Spring, after a bunch of my guitars and other music equipment were stolen, I ordered a replacement multi-track recorder.

I opted for the Zoom R16 because it records to SD card and can be used as a computer interface. 

Plus, it comes with all kinds of fun little effects and other built in features.

 

Today, it finally showed up at the house.  These little units are brand new and just now being released.

So…I stayed up a bit late tonight and tried to figure out how to use it.

If you want, you can download a rough little demo of me playing a simple little riff in A minor with various overdubs.  Everything you hear was played by me on my acoustic guitar…through the R16.

Just a bit of fun!

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Magnificent

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I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise…

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent

Our Night With Phil

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The concert we hosted with Phil Keaggy was wonderful.

He has amazing talent and a genuine spirit.

Before the concert, I got to hang-out for a bit with him.  We talked about how the Gospel is still the hope that people are looking for, but how it often gets crowded out by religion.  This seemed to be a real passion for Phil and we talked for quite a while about how to build authentic relationships with disenfranchised people.

We also talked of early days in Christian Music with Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill and Keith Green.  He spoke about how Steve Camp started out as "Steve Stonebrook" until Larry invented a new name for him.   (By the way, Phil does a dead on impression of Larry’s voice, in my humble opinion and much to my delight.)

I mentioned that we had hosted some previous concerts with Apologetix.  He hadn’t heard of them, but liked their name very much.  When I said that they do parodies of classic rock songs, he asked if they do any Beatles.  The conversation then transitioned to his recommendation that I have Ken Mansfield, the former US manager of Apple Records during the Beatles’ heyday, in to speak.  Apparently Phil is quite impressed with the fellow and his recent book, The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay.

Somewhere along the way, the conversation shifted to the music of Bob Dylan.  Phil had insight to offer about the friendship between Bob and the late Christian singer, Keith Green.  Phil recommended the book Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited for great insight into Dylan’s life and spiritual journey.

We also spoke of life as a musician, crazy middle-aged fans, and various what-not.

Overall, it was fascinating to spend time with Phil.  He had a real warmth about him and a personable demeanor. 

We had somewhere between 250 and 300 people at the concert, a little short of our hopes and projections, but nevertheless a good-sized crowd.

And Phil’s music is simply amazing.  The nuances in his playing are striking.  There is no question; he is still one of the great guitarists of our day.  His vocals were as sharp as ever and it was hard to tell who was having the better time, us or him.  He played to a mesmerized audience for over 130 minutes.

 

Oh yeah, pictures?  Here are a few (thanks to tuffy who brought a camera while yours truly left his home):

Big Announcement: We’re hosting Phil Keaggy

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It’s true.

We’re hosting Phil Keaggy at our church.

Really.

Who’s Phil Keaggy?  Only one of the top guitar players in the world.  He’s a multiple Grammy award nominee in addition to being a multiple winner of the Christian music Dove Award.  Plus, he’s one, all-around nice guy.

Last May, I discovered that Phil was going to be in another part of Ohio in October.  So…I’d thought I’d inquire and find out if he’d be willing to come to our little neck of the woods while he wasn’t too far away.

I was sent a contract and we were able to negotiate terms. 

Last night, our church board approved the event.

Here’s the lowdown:

 

Phil Keaggy in concert at our church.  Sunday, October 14, 7:30PM.  Golden Circle Tickets: $25.00;  General Admission: $15.00.

Before the week is out, I hope to have our new church website up and running (hcfcambridge.com).  It will hopefully soon provide more info as well as a way to purchace tickets online. 

For a glimpse into a typical Phil Keaggy concert, visit this earlier post.

Okay…I’m am so totally excited about this. 

Irish Music

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My wife’s family has a rich Irish heritage. When she and I got married, I was introduced to traditional Irish music.  Most particularly:  The Clancy Brothers.

For the last 17+ years, they have been the occasional staple, enjoyed and consumed by our eclectic tastes. 

 

So…posting the picture of my wife’s family in Ireland on my earlier post tonight has made me a bit nostalgic.  Here’s a few clips to enjoy!