Lord Jesus, This is Our Prayer (My First Ever Choral Composition)

After a very long (although, yet surprisingly short) year, I have finally completed my first choral composition. Starting out as a four part hymn, it includes a men’s verse and finishes with eight parts.

I kind of stepped out by writing two descants. The reason for that originally was because I wanted the highest to reach up to a D6 (which, for those who are wondering, is the first D above the treble staff). Most sopranos can’t do that so I added a second descant. Somehow in the editing process, they both got lowered, it’s better that way (maybe 😉 ). Continue reading “Lord Jesus, This is Our Prayer (My First Ever Choral Composition)”

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Musical Education: Is it Really Worth it? (Part 1)

I’m going to make this short, since I could probably discuss this topic for quite a long time. 🙂 So here’s the question: Is musical education really as worth it as some people make it out to be?I mean, look at all those natural prodigies out there that were amazing before a teacher ever touched them. If we can just find their little secret, we’ll be good to go, RIGHT?? UM…….. yes!… if you’re a prodigy. Okay, you get my line of thought.

Don’t think though, that you ‘re hopeless without a teacher. Never will I endorse that thought. I have now played piano for about 11 years. Four out of 10 of those years, my mom taught me how to read music and a few of the piano basics. The rest of the time, I taught myself. I got to mid-intermediate and then hit a speed bump. Hopelessly floundering around, I began toying around with the idea of canning this whole piano thing. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I’m a hopeless music fanatic and knew I wouldn’t have been able to live without piano for more than several months. Continue reading “Musical Education: Is it Really Worth it? (Part 1)”

The Inspiring Purpose of Music

So here’s the question: what is the purpose of music? First answer: to listen to! Obviously, if music was never listened to, there would be no use for it. But I think the question is more like, why does it benefit (or degrade) us spiritually, physically, and emotionally? That question, however, is quite broad, as music styles range from my personal favorite, choir and orchestra, to gospel, bluegrass, country, jazz, rock, and many others. The effects of these different styles can vary greatly, so I will focus in on Christian music; music that is dedicated to the glory and honor of our Heavenly Father. It’s not my purpose to rant about what styles I think that includes or excludes, but rather leave it to you to decide in your own heart what music you feel truly pleases God.Music:

When we create music, it should be for:

  1. The glory and honor of our Lord, Jesus Christ
  2. The furtherance of His Kingdom
  3. The edification of the Saints.

Performance should be secondary. Not because it’s wrong to perform well, but because when there is too strong an emphasis on performance, the music loses its message. In my post on The Greatest Audience, I describe further how the greatest audience truly is Jesus Christ because he is bigger than any other audience we could ever have. Yes, God loves music well done. But He loves even more, when it is done to Him.

If this is what creating music should look like, than shouldn’t that be the purpose of listening to it as well?

So why does music speak to us even if it is a piece with no words? Simply put, it’s because music is spiritual communication. It is the only language that all human beings can Music is the most amazing thing in the world. It's incredible the way it can make you feel. It's not just my hobbie, it's more than I could ever try to even explain. I want to produce music for people to enjoy,  to be able to metaphorically hold their hand when times are rough. I'll go with understand.

So let’s put all this into a condensed list.

The purpose of Godly music is:

  1. To honor and glorify God
  2. To edify the saints
  3. To convey a message that can’t be spoken
  4. To shine a brilliant light to those around us in the world.

Isn’t that cool?

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24

How a Musician’s Brain is Different

There’s an awful lot that goes into being a skilled musician… practice, practice, and more practice. Plus, there are the lessons that have to be counted in as well. Sometimes we musicians come to that desperate point where we feel that we will either determinedly keep on practicing and become skilled with that instrument (or voice), or trash the whole idea right then and there. Sometimes for me, the trashcan seems terribly tempting. Sound familiar? But wait! Before you choose to give up, there’s a bonus to being a musician! Creating music (in general) is scientifically proven to have a lot of benefits. Here is a cool little diagram originally shared by Sheet Music Plus on Google +.

Sound too amazing? Well then, good. Keep it up and good luck! 😉

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Introducing New Music!

I am always excited when God gives me a new song to write down. I started composing last November, when God put a tune in my mind to go with an encouraging poem. Since then, my love for composing has grown. Peace, is a song that God laid on my heart while I was sitting at my great aunt’s piano, by myself, states away from my family. Truly, it is only the Love of God, that can bring us true peace and rest.

It is hymn style with a choral twist. You may save and distribute it for free, no permission required, unless you wish to arrange it. To view it, click here.

 Lyrics:

Peace

Peace, perfect peace how it fills my soul today,

Just at the remembrance of my Savior’s love.

He is my comfort and my constant stay.

I know he’ll take me to His home above.

Rest, quiet rest, no more do I feel so lost.

Finding such refuge, I cannot worry long.

Knowing that He has for my sins paid the cost.

Knowing that He’ll take me home where I belong.