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The Vineyard CD is released on iTunes!

by on Aug.11, 2012, under Music, Rachel, Spiritual

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.

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The Vineyard – CD release – coming soon…

by on Jul.25, 2012, under Music

It’s been a really long time since I released music for anything other than TV, Film, Advertising and Video Production. It feels pretty good in a weird sort of way.. It will be a few weeks till it’s live on Reverbnation and on iTunes.. I will refresh this link when it get’s there..  I will no doubt put it on my facebook page as well.

The story.. ( I always have a story ) is this..  For two years after Rachel died, I could not write music.. That is the first time that has happened since I can remember. So this music is very special to me.. It’s more from my heart than anything else I have ever written.. I hope a few people enjoy it.. It felt incredibly good to write it.. It’s based on a passage in scripture in the book of John that focuses on Jesus saying ” I am the Vine, you are the branches, apart from me, you can do nothing “. I have found this to be a profound truth.  Here is the cover of the soon to be released CD, The Vineyard.

In my mind, I saw this music as a score.. It opens with a young women walking through a vineyard at night.. she is broken hearted over a loss that has wounded her to her core. She is looking for healing.. for restoration… when she looks up at the night sky.. she sees a shooting star..

You get to make up the rest of the story for yourself.. but for me it is a story of loss, discovery, surrender and restoration. I hope you can hear it in the music..  coming soon to an iTunes store near you …

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