The first week of Advent is quickly approaching! My family and I eagerly await Thanksgiving dinner, then the first day in the Christian calendar beings on November 27th. This coming Sunday marks the new year and begins a celebration of the Incarnation that culminates during the twelve days of Christmas. My wife, Sarah, and I have been hard at work completing several projects related to Advent 2011 and beyond. Here are three musical projects that we are pleased to have been a part of, and might provide you with some listening pleasure as you celebrate this new year.
“Come Lord Jesus” Advent EP
The first is an Advent EP called “Come Lord Jesus” that we produced in conjunction with Christ Church East Bay. We were excited to collaborate with the multi-talented Eric Gilbert, Worship Arts Director for all the Christ Church East Bay campuses. I contributed 2 songs to the EP and Sarah sang, played piano, and wrote strings. Eric Gilbert and Justus Dobrin of 9 dragons studio are to be highly praised for all the sweat and tears they poured into this one. I wish everyone could experience the genius these two guys represent in the recording studio.
We are doing an Advent series based around the Christmas Canticles (songs from the Christmas story) at Christ Church Davis, focusing on a different Canticle for each week of Advent leading up to Christmas. Check here for more details. You can buy or stream the EP from the Bandcamp webpage.
“Christmas” Castle Island Hymns
Our good friend, Bobby Krier, has put together a phenomenal album for those looking for some great Christmas music to play during this season. This is a great album produced with lots of love and high production standards to boot. Sarah composed the string parts on tracks # 7 & 10. We are looking forward to hosting a house concert with Bobby later this month, and really appreciate the amount of collaboration and work that went into making the Castle Island Hymns Christmas album.
“Songs for the Supper” Cardiphonia
Third, my talented wife Sarah contributed a track to this compilation CD that was released this week (track #16). Download the whole album (and all the sheet music) for free over at Bandcamp! This CD comes from a community of worship directors across the country. Be sure to also check out the first track written by the already mentioned Bobby Krier. It is a good and proper thing to have so many musicians from the Reformed tradition working together to create art for people in the church, by the people in the church. This collection of songs all center around the celebration of the Lord’s Supper within the worshiping context of the church.