Christianity

Come back to me

So you think I don’t remember when you said you’d follow me years ago when you were young and innocence was free when the sun was always shining as you made your memories nobody stood against you, it was easy to believe But now that all that water’s passed beneath Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

Amazing grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart o fear, and grace my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

The mystery of the cross

Hands that created the earth and the sea Those were the hands that were nailed to a tree Tower of strength, God of infinite might Dragged through Jerusalem without a fight The mystery of the cross  that you would choose to save those who were lost  It’s incomprehensible what you Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

Do I need riches

I’m laying down my foundation stone where I think it should be build a wall around the things that are important to me blinded by the triviality of security protecting me I take the things that I treasure most and lock them all away making sure that thieves and villains Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

One day (Holy holy holy)

One day the powers of hell were put to shame that day when Jesus died and rose again bringing life to all who trust in him and hope for those who are suffering Jesus reaches out and we will praise Holy, holy, holy  Holy, holy, holy  is the Lord God Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

Moving Mountains

It’s ready!  Last night I published the worship album I have been working on, ‘Moving Mountains’.  I’m quite excited by it, mainly because it’s turned out far better than I had expected.  The is power behind the message, and that makes me more determined than ever to make sure the Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Music

Recording day 6: the clear-up

Today was the last day of recording.  I methodically went through each song, checking to see whether there was anything else that needed recording or re-recording, and generally listening to the result of my hard work this past week.  I re-did the vocal part for Jesus your name is higher, and put some solo guitar bits into Father God you reign - that was the hardest part actually, since solo electric guitar is arguably the musical discipline I'm least proficient at, that being the most recent string added to my already-brimming bow.  As a result, I had to do a lot of practice to get a solo riff I was happy with, and even then it took at least 4 takes to get a clean recording of it.  A little frustrating, to be honest, and clearly the area I need to work on most.Once that was done, it was time to pack up camp.  To start with, everything was unplugged.  Then cables were coiled and separated into groups depending on which part of the house they needed to end up in.  Then the computer was taken upstairs, followed by all its related peripherals and cabling.  The guitars and keyboard were put back in their corner, in cases where appropriate.  The microphone was put back in its case, the pre-amp was put back in its bag, and all the remaining cables put back in their respective homes.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Music

Recording day 5

First up today was the re-recording of Father God you reign, which actually appeared on the Rooted album In the beginning.  I remember being pretty pleased with the original recording back when I did it, but the more I listened to it the more I thought there was more that could have be done with it.  It needed to be louder.  It needed to be more rocky.  It needed better electric guitar sounds.  It needed better guitar solos.  So I decided to re-record the song from scratch to appear on this album as well.I started off with a drum track, using drum loops, and then added guitars, bass and vocals.  I've given it a slightly edgier feel, and hopefully a more mature interpretation too.  It took a while to get right though.  A younger version of myself would have dismissed most rock music as being unsophisticated and requiring very little intelligence - after all, it's just a case of turning the guitars up too loud and playing three chords...  But I've learnt in recent years that there is a definite art to creating a convincing 'rock' sound, and getting just the right sound from the guitar and amp combination is tricky stuff.  And of course if you then add in complex guitar solos as well, you can take it to a whole new level again.Now, I'm not saying that my recording of Father God you reign would compare to a version recorded by Brian May, for instance, but it is pretty rocky, and I reckon it's much better than the version I did for the Rooted album.  We'll see once it's been edited.(more…)

By Matthew, ago