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Category: Music

Dust to Dust | Ash Wednesday Music

Ruth and I have recorded this wonderful Ash Wednesday Hymn. The words are courtesy of the amazing Ally Barrett, set to the tune Picardy.

We were hoping to get this done in plenty of time for people to use in online worship but everything takes so much longer in Lockdown. Please feel free to use it as part of any services you do this year. If you give us a name check that would be great but don’t feel like you have to. The visuals are from Dan Stevers who we subscribe to so please go and pay him for the rites if you use the visuals.

I am having a massive rejig of our online presence. Too many different pages for too many different projects. Ruth and I have decided to try and stash everything we do together in one place under my name. I will probably come up with a vlog about why in the next few weeks. For now, subscribe to the YouTube account with my name on in – and the custom url I set up years ago. Everything video related is going to migrate across there.

We’re also hoping to start releasing some material via streaming services like Spotify in the coming weeks and months. I’ll try to keep you up to date.

Send the Fire | Metanoia

SEND THE FIRE!!

Lockdown has given us the impetus to do some serious recording. With a heavy live gigging schedule with both Silverthorn and Metanoia, Ruth and I talk about “finding the time to record” but in reality, you need an extended period of time to do it.

This week we took our favourite hymn* and did a full on Metanoia production of it.

With a distinct lack of drummers in our house, we created them from scratch ourselves one afternoon in software. Then guitars, bass and vocals and the addition of a crowd shouting faintly in the background.

I think we successfully channeled the spirit of Britain in 1977.

We’ve been talking on messenger about our next lockdown project. We think we can work out how to get CJ on drums and Bex singing backing vocals all through the power of the internet. Watch this space!

*favourite hymn is a movable feast.

Blessed Be Your Name | Metanoia and Bailey

Blessed Be Your Name

Lockdown has taken away so much of our day to day life. Not least of which is music. We are usually live in front of an audience playing in rock bands Silverthorn and Metanoia at least once a week and losing that has been hard.

That said, there is a huge creative opportunity that has opened up to us through this. We have been really getting to grips with the home studio. For years we have been saying that we wish we had time to do things like this video of Blessed Be Your Name. Bailey asked if he could sing a song at Holy Nativity’s online service and this is our second effort.

With all of the recordings we have done in the past with Metanoia, the predominant factor has been deadline. 3am working out how to get things mixed for the next day. Lockdown has given us time to really explore things creatively and work out how we work best together.

I’d better go and crack on with this week’s project….

Because He Lives | Metanoia and Bailey

We have all given up so much in the last couple of months. However, there is one thing I’ve managed to gain from all of this. The opportunity to begin recording some music. As all of our live gigs have disappeared we have been turning to Pro Tools.

When we were asked “Can I sing on Easter Day, I was supposed to be doing it in church” it got us thinking. How do you do it via the internet?

This is one of our young people singing into his phone with me and Ruth backing. Each of the parts done in one take so it feels a bit more…. live.

Hope you like it.