I am pleased to announce that I have a preview track available now for the album “In the beginning” by Rooted. Today I was doing some more recording for one of the quieter tracks, and having got it to an almost-complete state I thought people might be interested to hear how it sounds. At almost 7 minutes it’s longer than your average pop song, and despite its apparent fullness is actually being performed by only two people – Paula and myself. Download it by clicking on the link below.

“I draw near to the place of mercy” – by Paula Stubbs and Matthew Dawkins

There is still a little tidying up to do on the track, so keen listeners might be able to tell the difference between this and the final version that appears on the CD. I need to record my own vocals again, as I messed them up in the bridge slightly, and I think I’m going to adjust the panning on the two cello parts at the end to give it a more interesting feel! I also need to record either Anna or Rachel on the flute, as at the moment my computer is adding in that part – thankfully it doesn’t sound too bad, but it would be nice to have the real thing in there eventually.
The song was co-written by Paula and myself, with Paula providing the words and leaving me to put a tune to it. The guitar is playing with the capo right up on the 5th fret, which gives it quite a light feel to the texture, and gives plenty of harmonic room for the cello to bring out the bassline.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. I probably won’t be releasing any of the other tracks until the CD comes out, at which point I’m considering making them available on the internet (maybe not as a download, but as something that plays from a web site). While making money from a CD would be nice, it’s far more important to get the music out there, and this way people could still listen to the album even if they can’t come to me to buy a hard copy. That’s just an idea at the moment though, we’ll see what happens…

Categories: Christianity


Joe B · 15 November 2006 at 11:12 pm

Hi Matthew,

Just had a listen … very nice song indeed with some great harmonies and sensitive arrangement – simple but so effective. What did you use to record all this?

I look forward to hearing more!


Matthew · 16 November 2006 at 12:13 am

Recording was done with one microphone (SM58, borrowed from AndyC), small mixing desk (also borrowed from AndyC), my computer (G3 Mac, Mac OS X Tiger), and Logic Express 7. That and a lot of patience. I don’t have a microphone stand though, so to record my cello the mic was sat on a chair, propped up by my wallet.

Dad · 16 November 2006 at 11:04 am

Beautiful song, interesting arrangement. I must listen to it a few more times to let the words sink in. Can’t wait to get the album!

Phill · 17 November 2006 at 12:21 am

Hi Matthew,

I agree with your Dad – lovely song! Really lovely. My only comment is — and take this with a large pinch of salt because I know nothing about this kind of thing — it feels like the song is kind of building up to something, but then never quite seems to get there? It seems a little long to be the nice, quiet, reflective song you have all the way through. I was kind of waiting for the power chords to come in 😉 Well, I don’t know, maybe an orchestra or something. Just my two cents, and like I said — you can safely ignore them! 😀

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