Posts tagged ‘rehearsal’

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.


May 5, 2017 at 10:22 am 2 comments

Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 3

Djembe Thanksgiving
Part 3:
Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!

Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!
Read Part 5: Drums In Church — Some Concluding Thoughts

The week before Thanksgiving, we were able to arrange a one-hour time slot in which everyone could rehearse at The Mother Church.  Let me tell you, with all of the drummer/nurses’ on-call schedules, the teaching and performing schedules of the Berklee guys, the scheduling of the church and its musicians, including travel schedules, tech crew and administrative folks, this was no easy feat.

We blazed through that one-hour Friday night rehearsal and got through a lot of things – but we clearly couldn’t cover it all in that amount of time.  It went well, but afterward, there was concern about the overall readiness of this endeavor.

Would everyone really know what to do during the service?  Would we have enough time to manage the logistics of moving 10 people and the drums into places without causing major traffic jams in a fairly small space – not once, but twice during the service?  Would the African drums playing in a reverberant hall be overpowering?  Could we solve all of this and more in one final 90-minute rehearsal?

The answers to these questions and more, a number of inquiring minds wanted to know…

January 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm 2 comments

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