Some five years have passed since my last full project, "No More to Fear". During this time I've collected more tattered hymnals from various denominations, been introduced to older gospel music and grown fond of field recordings from church services dating back to the 1920s. As a result, I've fallen deeper in love with the hymns and music of the church over the ages.
Listening and writing, a certain question has emerged: "How does one write that everyone might sing? What is it to offer songs for the corporate voice?" There may well be no definitive answer, but coming to this project this question has motivated me nonetheless. I would love to make a small contribution to the vast canon of theologically-dense and corporately-accessible songs for the church, for the glory of God.
The album's title, "Beggar", comes from Gospel account of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar (Mark 10). Hearing Jesus is nearby he recklessly cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" In many ways to rightly sing in worship is to join with Bartimaeus in his desperate cry. My hope is that this album would be a collection of songs for just that purpose.
Throughout this project I will be collaborating with my friend and multi-instrumentalist, Mark Ribera. With other Seattle area artists, Mark is finishing up the album "That They May Live".
Finally, as you know, recording endeavors do not grow on trees. All funds raised will go toward studio time, mixing, mastering and reproduction. (Also, if I do not reach my target amount, the project will not be funded at all!) Do take a look at the rewards in the right-hand column and thank you so very much for your support!
While I cannot explain the technical hows and whys of the studio recordings' superiority to the demos (it's beyond me!), let me say in layman's terms they will have a greater depth and spectrum of sound. Imagine watching a movie on a television from the early '90s and then watching it again on a flat-screen in HD. Not the best analogy but you get the picture.
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