Sorry for the lack of posts on there. I have been busily working on various things: job searching, song writing and things around here. But that does not mean that I do not have music to share. Oh, there is plenty of that.
Firstly, I have been finishing up the music for another gaming score. This is for a medieval type setting. I am almost done with it. Over the blog hiatus I have uploaded tracks in that gamescore up to SoundCloud - so be sure to check that out. I am not going to elaborate on those right now. I think that I will try to next week.
Secondly, I am working with some friends to finally get this gaming music project off the ground. I will be releasing the entire orchestral gaming score on CD for gamers everywhere. We will have some killer art for the CD as well as a new website for the gaming music. That is all I am going to share right now for that, but details will be released shortly.
OK! Now onto the REAL reason for this post: new Last Rites music. Last Rites, as you may or may not know, is my Christian metal franchise/project/band. I tend towards thrash metal of early Metallica and Megadeth. Well, the new track is not in that same vein - but I think that it is close enough for me not to make a new franchise on it. I have the song posted below if you want to listen to it as you read on.
I am going to talk on the lyrics first. The lyrics are based on what is called the "Merton Prayer". It goes as follows:
"MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
I live close by to a Trappist monastery (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance O.C.S.O) where I frequently go to confession and occasionally go to mass. Thomas Merton was a Cistercian and much of His writings on the spirituality of the monastic life are a part of the culture at the monastery. In particular, the "Merton Prayer" is actually cross-stitched and framed outside the retreat office where I go to confession. So I have spent a lot of time contemplating the prayer and meaning behind the prayer. I have, as you can tell, not taken the prayer verbatim to music, but adjusted it to fit the song.
Now musically, I have not gone with a "lighter" musical style. It is what I would call rock and not really metal. The one main reason why this will sound different is the use of major tonality - metal is usually minor or more dissonant. "Lead my Feet" is major (G major for anyone keeping score). The flow of the song is more or less like a soundtrack for going down the road: the main image of the song. So things usually keep moving along and around the main guitar motive.
I am actually quite happy to also showcase my jaw-harp abilities. I have been waiting for just the right time to showcase - and that time is now. I think it adds a little more of a "rural" flavor to the song. I think of hanging out in the back of a pick-up truck driving down the road somewhere out in the country. You may or may not get the same feeling...
Well, I hope that you enjoy! Oh, and just in case you think that Last Rites is going to be going soft from here on - THINK AGAIN! I have a brutal thrash metal song just waiting to be unleashed. It will be based on the trials of Job. Not job but Job. There is a difference.
Happy rest of the March! God bless!
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