People who know me well know that I have been writing music since I was very young. I took classical piano lessons at 6 years old and later on drum lessons and toyed with the guitar a little. I was in band and orchestra in school. I played in rock and roll bands and contemporary Christian music bands and then 20 some years on church worship teams. A big part of my musical life has been in the field of production music. In my twenties.. God blessed me with a little home studio and soon I was writing music for little video projects.. that blossomed into my little music company called GMP MUSIC ( Gene Michael Productions ). Gene Michael is what my mom called me when I was in trouble. I heard it a lot.
For as long as I can remember, I could write music every time I sat down with an instrument. That is until my daughter Rachel died. Words that catch in my throat and send a wave of grief through my body every time I say them or write them down.
For two years after Rachel died, I could not write music. What ever that thing is that lets you create something that was never there before was gone. God used that time to create something completely new in me. If you have read any of my earlier blog ramblings, you know what I am talking about.
Then one fall evening, Mary and I were preparing to watch a movie entitled ” Under The Tuscan Sun ” when she was called away to help her sister, leaving me to watch it by myself.. By the end of the movie I was completely aware of the the notion ” I can do that again ” I can write.. I felt completely inspired..
The music on this CD was written like a score to a movie God put in my head. I saw scenes of vineyards and beautiful valleys and a young women who was recovering from an un-named tragedy. She was broken hearted and lost. The music seemed to follow a course of her personal healing and restoration. My personal healing from my own loss no doubt being reflected along the way.
The movie I watched that evening also became a part of the inspiration to get me started… I have always loved movie scores.. The music is written specifically to assist in telling the story. As you can guess, this music is no different. It was helping me express my own story.
When Jesus told his disciples ” I am the vine, you are the branches, you can do nothing without Me ” it resonated in the deepest place possible within me. I spent many hours wandering around Tabor Hill vineyards with my camera, letting God speak to my heart and speak healing into me. So for me, the metaphor continued into this music. I do believe art can capture and release emotion. I am hoping some people will “capture” a little of that healing and restoration through this music.
If you are inclined toward this sort of thing.. here is the link on iTunes. I hope it blesses you.