I am embarking on a musical journey that very well may take the rest of my life. With Renatus, I will be releasing recordings for Psalms 1 -6. For each psalm, I took the words (from the Douay-Rheims translation) and I wove music around the words in order to make the psalm “come to life”. The Psalms have some of the highest and lowest emotions of the human soul laid bare in words and I took that as a challenge to make music that is equally expressive. I initially approached the psalms as a series of exercises to get my writing and playing chops back up to speed.
But what started as musical exercises presented itself as a challenge. Could I do this exercise for all 150 psalms? Considering that I might have periods of low musical activity, it might be good to have a steady stream of material for me to work through. For example, if I am in a composing intensive time, it might be good to let off some playing steam by recording a psalm or two.
Right now, everything is being released under the Last Rites moniker, which is fine considering that heavy metal is the underpinning for Renatus. However, that may not be the case for all 150. Only time will tell.
After the release of Renatus, I will release each Psalm for free as it is finished. Once I have enough, I might bundle them into an album if there is enough of a demand for a release. Otherwise, I will release them as they are done. I may not give any warning – it may come when you least expect it, so please drop in from time to time.
Now for the musicians out there – I want to do this journey but it doesn’t have to be alone. I am completely open to having other musicians come in and collaborate on a couple of psalms. I think that it would be great! And furthermore – I don’t care what genre background you come from whether it is R&B, bluegrass, rock, jazz, or classical…whatever you got, we can work with it! If you are a musician (or a band) and you are interested in collaborating, please contact me so we can see what we can do together.
In any event – it is great to be making music and may this be for God’s greater glory!
Here is the second free song from Renatus: Psalm 2.
I got to the point in recording new stuff that I wanted to have a sandbox. Not just getting back into recording but also play with different techniques and refine my writing to follow the emotion of the lyrics. At some point I came to the point that I should write lyrics and then build music around the lyrics. Why? I am more flexible as a composer and I think that what is said (or sung) should be the focus. Write the words, then the music - my new mantra.
But, having a proclivity to write music, I have a jonesing to do the music more than write lyrics. So....I started to look to the psalms. There are 150 of them - copyright free lyrics that I can set to music! So with Psalm 2, I started in earnest to use the psalms for compositional etudes.
The song has more of heavier feel to it. Obvious death metal vocals here and there, but the vocals are also more varied. As alluded to above, I am trying to follow the feeling of the psalm. As compared to Psalm 1, there are more "segments" to it and creates a more storied listening experience beginning to end.
Just an aside, Psalm 2 alludes to the coming of Jesus. You can hear this in the middle section with the "clean" vocal singing in the middle of the song.
As with all freebies, you can download it for free! Share with your friends!
Ah ha! Ah ha! Here is the first official release from Last Rites in three and a half years. It feels longer, almost like another lifetime ago. Well anyway, here is the first track that I am releasing for you all: Psalm 1.
This song came about when I decided that I was tired of not making music. I recently moved to New Jersey and left a very active music ministry in South Carolina. So, as a way to get back into the music writing/recording etc. I looked to the Psalms for inspiration. The lyrics were already there, I just needed to write music.
The song is rather simple. I was getting back into playing and I wanted to focus rather on making a good quality song rather than making some obscure musical statement on the unimportance of tonality (or statements of it's ilk). I wanted to support the lyrics that were divinely inspired and give musical color to it - really not much else.
As such, it is not a technical song, but an emotional piece.
Well, as I mentioned before - it is going to be a free album, so the downloads are free.
Happy start to Lent and look around for the next one next Sunday (or Saturday)!
I am listening to what is probably the last iteration of the mastering of Renatus. Maybe have a tweak or two but then I will be done. So that means that I've got to figure out how it is getting to all of you. Have no fear - that is the plan!
I am setting the official release of Renatus on Easter Monday, March 28th. The digital version of the album will be free. I am not charging for it. I will make a physical CD available as well for those of you who like to have the actual physical CD in hand and I will price it reasonably, but you don't have to pay at all the digital route. More details will be available closer to time.
Although the official release is on March 28th, I will be releasing songs one by one online during the Sundays of Lent. So, the first one released will be a week from this Sunday, February 14th. Ah! Valentine's day. So think of it as a big "I love you" from Last Rites! You could use it as a part of your soundtrack for that romantic date you were planning...guaranteed to make an impression!
Oh but that is not all! Oh no that is not all! Not only will I have Renatus available for free download, I will make available all previous releases from Last Rites even if they were previously not free. Not only that, but I will be giving away any physical copies of releases that I have left. Last Rites is a ministry and I feel that it is important to not withhold anything that could help bring a soul closer to God.
The goal is to have the back catalog done by March 28th as well, but I'll keep you all posted on that as well.
Anyway - back to your regularly scheduled Saturday. And keep an eye out on February 14th for the first track from Renatus!
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