Today is the first day of Advent, that season of waiting in anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas. All too often, we miss the "reason for the season" and engage in the ever growing commercialism that Christmas has become and don't think on the actual waiting aspect. The ancient Jews anticipated the coming of the promised Messiah. This is the initial Advent of mankind and the one that we emulate during this season of Advent. For us Christians, we are anticipating the promised second coming of Jesus. We don't know when it will be, but we know it will happen eventually. And with that waiting, we need to not grow weary of the waiting but trust in God's promise and His timing. This is what the Advent Season is about.
In these modern times, we forget what waiting is like. Everything is instant and if it isn't then it will be in five minutes. The world seemingly turns based on our every whim. All to often, if we have to wait for something, we just forget about it.
So to celebrate this season of Advent, I am writing a String Quartet, which is a series of pieces of music, called movements, for two violins, a viola, and a cello. For each week of Advent I will write and upload one movement of this work to share. Each movement will be based on an attribute of the Advent Season: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The first week's movement is based on Hope.
The aspect of Hope is for us to hold on to what God has promised, regardless of what else is happening in the world. God is steadfast in his promises to us and challenges us to be steadfast in our trust in Him. Of course we falter and do not always live up to that challenge perfectly, but we should always try to move closer to perfection. Our hope should pervade all oppressive situations when we might be tempted to give up.
This first movement opens with what I call a hopeful theme. It is characterized by long notes and a peaceful feel. Slowly this gives way to what I call doubt which is characterized by long sad and dissonant sounds. This is when the doubts of the world come in and cloud our vision and hope tends to fade away. During this doubt episode, the music becomes more and more lively and violent in an effort to kill off any hope that we may have had. But as doubt takes its final stabs it inevitably dies as the hope theme re-emerges. Hope in God and His promises is ultimately what keeps the faithful going. Without Hope, we cannot wait for we see nothing at the end of the tunnel.
I hope that you all enjoy it! I know that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I hope that you can hear what is being said through the music. Once I am done with the entire Advent String Quartet, I will try to find a way to publish the music for public performance.
Have a blessed Sunday! God bless!
_Let me introduce you to my brand spanking new song, "1 Million". Now this song is actually somewhat of the anthem for Phrygian Phish as I jump out into these new waters. My passion for writing music and using my creative energy has slowly grown until I am at the point that I cannot simply put it on the sidelines. I realize that I need to take a chance at taking a shot at being an artist. That is why I made this song.
So why the title, "1 Million"? You know this is going to be hilarious, and maybe a bit sad, but this song is almost 9 years old. I have had it in Midi for the longest time. The title was selected because I thought, back then, that this song would make a million dollars. I know funny, right? But it is by far the most catchy and infectious songs that I have every written. The message of the song, if you catch the lyrics, is about finding purpose in life. I believe that within each and everyone of us, there are unique God-given gifts and we are called to use and develop in our lives.
I think that too often my generation is selling their dreams of a better life, a life of earnest hard work, for an economically secure life within a subdued shell. They forsake what makes them happy to do something that brings material comfort. But what life is that? And how hard will we work if we don't see the purpose? Just enough to get by! This song, although it was written for me, is a call for all of us to not forsake who we are and for us to continue to follow our dreams, our purpose.
In the end, I know that my material security will not comfort me in my last days. At the end of my life, I don't want to look back and say that I got by; I paid my bills and played it safe. I want to live a bold life or at least my own life. I want to live my life for Christ using the gifts that He has given me.
I am going to do a music video for this song which I think will speak volumes to the modern person. I am looking for folks in the metro-Atlanta area that are interested in participating, so if you are interested, please contact me!
Now check out that new song! Like now, man!
This post marks the beginning of Phrygian Phish! Everything is up and somewhat running and we are now officially open for business!
And the first announcement I have is that my music will be on display at the Anime USA convention this weekend. I am sponsoring a very good friend of mine, Howard Brandon, and his tabletop games over there. He will be using unique musical compositions in his games that I wrote specifically for his table top adventures. He will also have a mix of other music that I have composed to demonstrate the breadth of my writing ability. The link to the event:
If you happen to be going, be sure to look out for Howard's Star Wars game. I, unfortunately, will not be there.
BTW, I actually do not game, but I am very aware and familiar with gaming. I would like to see more music used in table top games because I think that it enhances the emotional aspect of gaming that I think is very crucial in order to "get the point" of gaming, so to speak. I have plans on writing more gaming music for another game master for a convention in March. As plans emerge, I will keep you all posted.
If you want to catch an interview of me with Rho Pi Gamma, the gamer's podcast, check out this link here:
The interview is about halfway through. Unfortunately, you cannot hear the host. But if you want to give it a listen feel free.
More ideas in the pipeline, and I will post as I get to them.
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