“Creative projects are never completed…only abandoned” – I’ve said this Leonardo DaVinci paraphrase (that I first heard from George Lucas) on many occasions, but rarely has it rang as true for me as this past weeks…..I’m SO happy to publicly share what I’ve been working on with everyone, but know there’s still much to be done. We returned from a family vacation in Iowa to a dead hard drive on my main iMac, so I decided to launch the site with only three charts ready to roll, but ‘ya gotta start somewhere. Response has been very positive and encouraging – thanks to those who have liked the Facebook page and/or sent a note! Now that my computer is back up and running (and sound libraries are starting to play nicely with each other), I’m working away on audio demos and hope to begin posting the first two songs later this week!
There are still a TON of charts in the queue waiting to be cleaned up, so as a sneak peek at what’s next, here’s a tentative list of charts on the immediate horizon:
O Praise the Name (Anástasis) – licensing for this great Hillsong tune came through yesterday and it is ready!
Mighty to Save – this should be live on the site by the middle of August.
Word of God – Vertical Church
Great Are You Lord – All Sons and Daughters/Casting Crowns
And….just in time for Christmas planning:
Carol of the Bells/What Child Is This – orchestra feature in the style of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
O Come All Ye Faithful with Sing to the King – based on the 33 Miles recording
Angels We Have Heard on High – similar to the Northpoint Community Church recording (can be done as a medley with O Come/Sing to the King)
And in a more classical/traditional feel:
The First Noel – An unpublished arrangement by my good friend and mentor, Gary Rhodes for soprano soloist with orchestra that I orchestrated a few years back.
In the Bleak Midwinter – an arrangement for baritone soloist with orchestra that was commissioned by the Temple Symphony.
Looking farther down the road into 2017 (the year the lights go out on Broadway, according to Billy Joel), I’ve got some secular charts I’ve written for jazz ensemble (some that include vocals and/or strings too), a new series featuring horn section parts for contemporary worship songs, and a series of classical brass ensemble arrangements.
Wow! That’s a lot on my plate….I should get back to work! Praying that these charts will bless your ministries, musicians, and congregations!