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WFM Listening Room Opens in NYC

WFM Listening Room Opens in NYC
post by Guest Blogger
Peter Link

Wondering what the WFM Listening Room series is all about?  Read on as guest blogger Peter Link regales you — as only he can do —  on the launching of the very first WFM Listening Room House Concert.

And…. I hope this will also serve as a reminder that the second house concert fast approaches!  On Thursday, September 16th we present the second WFM Listening Room experience.

Singer/songwriter Megan Neale will open with her own original songs, accompanied by a wonderful young guitarist, Joe Birkmann.  I will perform brand new songs from my new CD “Every Day” including the title song from this forthcoming album.

Read up here about what we are doing, and if you are in NYC on Thursday night, September 16th, please join us!  You’re invited!!

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WFM Listening Room Opens in NYC
A Howling Success!
by Peter Link

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh!
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September 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Composer Robert Collister – Part 2

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Soli Deo Gloria:
An Interview with Composer Robert Collister
Part 2

In Part 1, Watchfire Music Composer Robert Collister shared with us his early influences that led him to writing for the musical theatre.  He has to date written 4 musicals and continues to be prolific in several genres of music. On writing music, Robert says, “I don’t like to take credit for what I write since I feel that I am just a vehicle from which music passes through. Bach would write on many of his compositions, ‘Soli Deo Gloria,’ — ‘To God Alone the Glory.’ I take the same position.”

Read Part 1 of the Collister Interview

In Part 2, Robert shares more about his process, inspiration and talks about his sacred and inspirational compositions.  Let’s continue the conversation:

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July 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm 2 comments

Songs For A Summer Sunday

“Spring being a tough act to follow,
God created June.”

– Al Bernstein

Here are some June offerings from the Digital Sheet Music (DSM) store
on Watchfire Music.  Discover these beautiful
Inspirational Sheet Music titles… Songs for a Summer Sunday!

A Song Of Freedom by Carolyn Kardinal
Blessed, Blessed by Carolyn Kardinal
Bread Of Heaven by Frank La Forge
Christ Is Risen by Collister, Robert Music:
The Christ Lives On by Peter Link
Come Thou by Robert Collister
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June 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

How’s Your Garden of Songs?

“‘Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There’s crimson buds, and white and blue
The very rainbow showers,
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.”
Thomas Hood

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How’s your garden of songs? Here are some May offerings from the Digital Sheet Music store on watchfiremusic.com.  Sow these titles and reap the beauty of Inspirational Music for your church and worship services!  Happy Gardening!

Apple of My Eye by Deborah Offenhauser
As a Little Child — by Desiree Goyette
Gift of Gratitude — by Andrew D. Brewis (more…)

May 11, 2010 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Music — A Healing Agent

After being involved in the NYC Spiritual Activists Summit a couple of weeks ago, I got to thinking again about the huge potential and opportunity music holds to inspire, lift up and heal.

I wrote a short article that I posted to On The Summit — a great site dedicated to allowing Summit attendees and visitors to stay in touch with one another, and to continue exploring spirituality, friendship, etc.  (Check out the “Best of” Highlights of the weekend!)

Friday night music at the NYC Summit; photo by Nathaniel Wilder

I wanted to share my article with you on here on my blog. The Summit weekend reminded me of an experience I had when I was 16 and the healing that resulted. Music played an important role in helping me get to that point of healing.

So here goes!
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May 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Songs of Spring

Hello, my fellow friends in hibernation!  Can you feel it?  You know, that subtle little thing in the air — riding  just behind the final March rains and snows — telling us that indeed, the winter is over.

Ah!  I am so ready for fragrant warm breezes, sunshine days, green trees, fields of flowers and birds singing in the air.  Here in New York City, all that translates to walks in Central Park and long hikes and runs along the Hudson River Park.  Those are my two nature options living in NYC, and let me tell you, I am grateful for them!

Springtime New York Style (from nylacoast2coast.wordpress.com)

I can’t wait to get outside again!  It has been a long and most definitely indoor winter for me.  Time to break out!  For me, Easter always heralds this breaking out,  and it’s just around the corner again… in a couple of weeks!

So let me get to the point:  While dreaming of the flowers and fresh air to come, this blog post is really a last-minute list of some great Easter and springtime sacred music available on watchfiremusic.com.   For you singers still seeking that perfect Easter Solo for your church’s worship services, check out these songs!  Enjoy!!
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March 19, 2010 at 12:14 am 2 comments

Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 5

Djembe Thanksgiving
Part 5:
Drums in Church – Some Concluding Thoughts

Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 3: Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!
Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!

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Kemi Awosile

My friend Kemi Awosile put me in contact with Steve Okwor, an African drummer who organized the drummers for our Thanksgiving Day service at The Mother Church (TMC).  She had sat in and drummed with this group before, and so I asked her how she felt about her experience.

Kemi said, “I am in awe of the communication that occurs when two or more people sit down to drum.  The inner and outer rhythms, the call and response back and forth and the pure joy of working together and off of one another all leave me breathless and spell bound. For me, it is miraculous and magical to get to play with these folks.”
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February 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm 1 comment

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