Here is the latest from Phrygian Phish: an ambient orchestral track. I wrote this for a friend of mine's gaming campaigns for the times that don't fit a certain mood or for general gaming upkeep. I was shooting for an ambient feel - no real strong passion in the piece (except for some swells here and there). I don't have much more to say other than that.
So, you can test it out if you wish. Just click play and switchover and surf the internet in another tab. Hopefully it just gives a nice musical feel and makes the ordinary seem extraordinary - or just extra-ordinary :)
OK, with the announcement of Via Crucis, I also have new music that I can share with you all. This week's song is called "Simon". This song is all about the story of Simon, a man who was a part of the crowd that watched Jesus carry His cross to His ignominious death on the cross. Based on scripture, we see that Simon was visiting Jerusalem at the time and that he has his sons with him.
During the carrying of the cross, the crowd feared that Jesus would die before he was nailed to the cross. So, the soldiers who escorted Jesus picked someone from the crowd to come and carry the cross with Jesus. And it was just at that point where Simon shows up in the crowd. A soldier forces Simon to carry the cross all the way to Calvary.
Now, a couple of subtle parts to the story that I found interesting when I was researching this song: Simon did not reject or fight against the call to carry the cross. Now, we can not say for certain that he did not have feelings that he did not want to, but he accepted this journey with Jesus even though he did not know what it meant. It is a longer song and features some of the quintessential Last Rites musical features: long, progressive and "smooth". I am not one for really eratic changes in key and time.
As far as the writing of this song - I wrote and recorded this thing in a week. While getting everyone situated with this project, one of the bands wouldn't be able to do this station. So I jumped in and took it on. I am glad that I did - it was a fun little song to do. Anyway, so please enjoy the song.
OK, I have been working on this project before Phrygian Phish came about. This is very unique project - and maybe the only project like this that has been attempted. This is a collaborative-compilation-concept album. The album's concept is the passion and death of Jesus Christ with a different band taking up different aspects of this journey. So here is the official announcement:
CATHOLIC METAL TO RELEASE METAL MUSICAL DEVOTION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
VIA CRUCIS provides a metal journey through the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. Available world-wide on Ash Wednesday.
Catholic Metal in conjunction with Phrygian Phish Musical Productions is proud to announce the release of a unique musical journey of the Stations of the Cross on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The album, Via Crucis, consists of fourteen songs in varying styles for the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Eight Catholic bands/artists from around the United States, Canada, and Poland participated in the recording of this album.
Over the course of the album, the listener will hear the great devotion of each of the musicians as they present this unique musical setting for the Stations of the Cross devotion. The flow of the album emulates the traditional Catholic devotion; each station is presented with an original song to reflect on the Station and end with a stanza of the Stabat Mater hymn. The variety of music on the album ranges from Katholicus’ stirring “Veronica” to Malchus’ tour-de-force “Stripped of the World”, to Theandric’s acoustic song “XIV”. Other bands that contributed to the album are pioneering Catholic hard rock/metal band Seven Sorrows, Latin prayer metal band Cradle Catholic, young Canadian industrial metal band Divine Blood, and the progressive thrash metal band Last Rites. One of the songs presented is a collaboration between Dave Flitton (Writ in Water Sound Creations and Critical Mass) and Sean Bailey (Last Rites and Phrygian Phish). The following is the track listing of the album:
I: Condemned to Death - Katholicus
II: Statio II - Cradle Catholic
III: The First Fall - Last Rites
IV: Fourth Sword - Seven Sorrows
V: Simon - Last Rites
VI: Veronica - Katholicus
VII: The Second Fall - Last Rites
VIII: Save your tears - Sean Bailey and Dave Flitton
IX: The Third Fall - Last Rites
X: Stripped of the World - Malchus
XI: The Wood of the Cross - Divine Blood
XII: Statio XII - Cradle Catholic
XIII: Taken Down - Seven Sorrows
XIV: XIV - Theandric
“Our focus of this album is not to bring metal to the Catholic Church”, Sean states, “but to rather take this traditional devotion of our Lord’s Passion and death to the metal world.”
Album concept and management by Sean Bailey. All music mastered by Dave Flitton. All art for the album by Frank Flitton (Flitton Design and Divine Blood).
Catholic Metal was founded by Dave Flitton and is an online community of Catholics who either make metal music or are fans of metal music. On May 1, 2011, Catholic Metal released a compilation album of Catholic Metal songs entitled, Praising Him Loudly: Volume 1. That compilation is available streaming and as a free download at Catholicmetal.com.
Phrygian Phish Musical Productions is a music production enterprise for Sean Bailey’s creative projects. Phrygian Phish offers music composition services for various multi-media projects including films and games.
But, since it is the beginning of the year, this gives me the opportunity to look out and see what all this new year has to offer. In the many months, and even years prior to starting this site, I was inspired by the many, MANY people ahead of me that found success and do not fit the mold of the "American Dream" or "Corporate America". The people who did not follow the rules, the crowd, so to speak. Now, I don't mean monetary success, because I hardly use that as a measure. Success to me is defined as fulfillment of your God-given purpose. We all have that purpose and it should not be ignored. Just because everyone is lining up for that job in a cubicle with a nice salary does not mean that it is the holy grail of occupations. For some, it is a job like that. Or a doctor. Or a storeowner, etc. - but just because one of these is good for one person does not mean that it is a good choice for everyone.
Enough of that, on to the song! The song is a rather quiet and melancholic piece. It is a solo piano piece that I have played several times while at home. Not flashy, just contemplative. Just like how I have been feeling lately.
BUT WAIT! If you heard it and thought, "Hey, I might want to try playing that". Welll...You are in luck! I have opened a store on ScoreExpress.com where you can actually download the score for "What Could Have Been?" For FREE. Just click on the "Scores" tab at the top and it will take you right to my profile on Score Express. You can download it, print it, play it - the whole kit and caboodle. I will try to also put other songs and pieces for purchase as well.
I have some cool projects that are ready to release soon, but not yet. Stay tuned!
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