Posts tagged ‘Peter Link’

Stretch Yourself – Part 3

When I first started working with my producer, Peter Link, I had to literally learn a new musical language.  He came from pop and theatrical music as well as the studio world of creating lyrics and recorded music first.  The sheet music always came well after the singers had made the recording of the song or album at hand.

Peter was accustomed to writing music, initially with his guitar, and later sitting at his computer keyboard and playing in melodies, chords, bass parts, —  orchestrating as he went along.  So when the singer (me, for example) came along to learn a song to record and/or perform, sometimes, there would be simple lead sheets (melody only) but usually I was given a study track and lyrics.  To this day, these are my starting tools whenever I do studio work with Peter and, most often, with other producers as well.

So, Peter comes from the school Composers who work with Ear Musicians — singers and instrumentalists who listen and learn from the study tracks and lyric sheets.
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September 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Live In Peace

Life has been jam-packed.  I believe it is for most everyone these days.

My “jam-packed” is filled with music projects, deadlines, rehearsals and all things Watchfire Music, while currently recording my newest album. It’s a sacred CD that will also offer digital sheet music for many of the songs so that they may be performed in local churches and inspirational events around the globe.

It’s been several years since I recorded a CD of specifically sacred-centered or church-focused music. This sacred music is my foundation, though, from which all other music and projects spring.  It’s a total joy to work on this.  It’s home.

As part of my preparation for the CD, lately I’ve been going on rehearsal-walks: I take my iPod and ear buds and head out to the nearby park.  I walk several miles and dive deep into the music tracks — living the lyrics, feeling the harmonies, and walking the rhythms.  I dream the stories in each song.
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May 5, 2017 at 10:22 am 2 comments

Is Anybody Listening in 2017?

Oh my! Here we are in the New Year, and it’s hard to believe that we are already a month into 2017.  Where does the time go?  Where DID it go?  Where did 2016 go?

There are an infinite number of answers to those questions.  For me, however, 2016 was defined by three words:  “Is Anybody Listening?”

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January 27, 2017 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Simple Praise for Thanksgiving

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I love this time of the year.  It’s a season for gratefulness.  It’s a season for giving gratitude for the harvest of thought, action and progress manifested in our lives!

One of my favorite songs in my sacred repertoire, “Simple Praise,” is one that I performed many times in church as well as recorded on my “Story For The Ages” CD.  It seems absolutely fitting to share with you now.

Just click the link below and listen to my full recording of “Simple Praise” by Craig Courtney and Pamela Martin.
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November 2, 2016 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Spring Renewal: A Walk In The Snow

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I love the renewal that comes with each season.  I especially love the sense of rebirth when Spring starts to show her beautiful self to us each year.

Renewal always signifies to me the opportunity to start fresh, get a clean slate, do some “spring” cleaning, and clear out all of the cobwebs.

This line of thought always leads me to thinking about life here on earth and its continuous cycle of change as expressed in nature.  That, of course, leads me further into more spiritual realms until finally, it makes me stand still and face the concept of life or … Life with a capital “L”.

So … Life.  (more…)

April 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm 2 comments

The Women of “Duets – Woman 2 Woman”

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Over the course of 2 years, I was privileged to spend time working and recording with 8 amazing women to create my new CD, Duets — Woman 2 Woman — Conversations With Wise Women In My Life.  

The CD was just released not quite 2 weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to share its treasures with you, namely, the women of Duets: (clockwise from top right) Georgia Engel, Jan Horvath, Margaret Imrie, Gwen Eagleton, Margaret Dorn, Emily Bindiger, Cynthia Clawson, Jenny Burton)

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I am going to begin the story of this CD by posting here my summary conclusion of the CD’s digital liner notes found in the free downloadable digibook. (more…)

December 16, 2015 at 3:24 am Leave a comment

Deep Waters

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“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know our lives have been changed, to discard the old and embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me… on that summer’s day when my eyes were opened to the sea.” 
~Jacques Yves-Cousteau

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DEEP WATERS, my latest project, is a gorgeous new CD composed and conceived by Peter Link.  It is a suite of 3 songs surrounded by hauntingly beautiful orchestral interludes.

From the very beginning of this project, I found myself submersed in the watery metaphor of the mariner’s tale that pervades this piece.  I realized through the course of this work that in my own life I have observed the metaphor, lived it, and come out the other side.  I believe most of us have when we think about the individual stories of our lives. (more…)

June 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm 1 comment

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