Stardust

Stardust

One of my friends posted this quote on facebook: “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than the atom in your right hand. It really is the most thing I know about the universe: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the […]

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Church ‘core rep’

Church ‘core rep’

In opera, there are number of works which are considered ‘core’ repertoire, which are the mainstay of any opera house – pieces that most of the audience is familiar with, and which a theatre can put on fairly smoothly. As singers, we also talk about our core repertoire- those roles which are the ‘bread & butter’ of our careers, which we’ve learnt and will pull […]

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Lamentations 3:22-23

Lamentations 3:22-23

  As I’ve been sporadically making my way through Lamentations (I know.. it’s not that long…) I got to this verse: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV) This is one of those really famous verses, which you might see on a poster with a […]

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Just one…

Just one…

This is an encouraging read, and a challenge to take up this ‘simple’ prayer: It had been many years since anyone had been saved through our church’s direct ministry, so about a year ago I began praying: “God please just bring one person to Christ through our ministry here. Let our whole church see how amazing it is when someone goes from death to life.” […]

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‘Free’ music roundup

‘Free’ music roundup

I just wanted to highlight a couple of great “worship” albums which I’ve listened to over the last little while – all can be downloaded for no cost! I was pretty impressed when I learned that John Tibbs is only 22. This is a great little EP. My favourite is the title track (which John was so kind to send me the chord chart for, […]

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Expectations

Expectations

I went to a special prayer meeting at our church last night, as the congregation is seeking God’s will in issues of location and buildings etc. It was such a wonderful time of prayer, praise, communion and listening to God’s word; there seemed to be a special sense of anticipation and expectation. As I sat there, I was convicted, and I wondered what it would […]

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International Worship November 2012

International Worship November 2012

We had another great International Worship service at FeG Karlsruhe last night, in English, with translation to Farsi, Tamil and French. Vimal preached from Philippians 2:1-11. You can hear/download the mp3 here. Here’s the song list: All the world (me) Blind man (kids song) Open the eyes of my heart (Baloche) Turn your eyes upon Jesus (Lemmel) Hail to the King (Hampton) Here I am to […]

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A big weekend…

A big weekend…

It’s a bit of a crazy weekend – I have four consecutive performances, as well as leading music for the 2nd International Worship service. Thankfully most of my roles this weekend are pretty small; tonight is an off-stage bit which lasts all of three minutes, tomorrow is a bit more substantial with Oscar in Blaubart, and then Saturday night I reprise the role of Morales […]

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Improv Vox Box

Improv Vox Box

I don’t have a proper recording room, and the little loft I use for my study has some pretty nasty acoustics, so something is in order! I came across this portable vocal booth, which I will try and make with egg-cartons – but for now, here’s the improvised version I used yesterady, stapled together. It seems to do a pretty good job of ‘removing the […]

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Take my life and let it be – my arrangement with prayer interludes

Take my life and let it be – my arrangement with prayer interludes

Here’s an arrangement of Take my life and let it be, which I’ve put together for the next International Worship service. There’s a 4-bar vamp between verses over which we plan to have some people pray. There’s also a keychange, in case you’re into that sort of thing. And here’s a quick demo I whipped up this evening, minus the prayer interludes, and with a slightly […]

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Drafts…

Drafts…

I have a ton of song drafts in progress at the moment, including three songs from my recent 7in7 challenge which I think have something worth developing (should I let you guess which ones?). This is partly because I have a vague plan to finish a handful of songs and record half-decent demos by about Summer. Because of this, I don’t have anything much else […]

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