’31′ artsy bags…
the last day of the month…
all are good assumptions…
but 31 is a number which, here, signifies that I have collaborated once again with my friends Ron & Shelly Hamilton on their 31st Patch the Pirate adventure, The Legend of Stickyfoot. This is my second adventure in the popular children series (the first being last years, Kung Phooey Kid).
The musical styles in this adventure are broad going from the swashbuckling Great, Big, Beautiful World and You’ll Know That we are Pirates (Cause we ARR) to the more contemplative Holy is the Lord. Being a children’s recording, there are also some moral and fun songs like Tell the T-R-U-T-H and Bitter to Better.
This time around the majority of the songs were arranged by yours truly and it has been fun to hear how the recordings turned out. I also orchestrated a few songs including Holy is the Lord.
Enjoy this sample of this fun, final track from The Legend of Stickyfoot:
You’ll Know That We are Pirates
The premiere of Paul Keew’s A Christmas Carol is over but the recording is now being made available on sacredaudio.com. Listen to samples and download the original cast recording here.
This exciting new Christmas CD, recorded by my friend Kenon D. Renfrow, is pure magic. (Isn’t the album cover amazing?) It was literally Christmas in July for me as I prepared the orchestral scores for this recording and I enjoyed every second of it. The end product is a wonderful musical experience that has a vintage type of Christmas-y sound to it. Hope the sales go through the roof.
Watch the promotional video here or here.
Download the album here or order the CD here or here.
I’ve been involved with working on another Performance Hall play being put on this Christmas season.
A Christmas Carol, based off the classic Dickens’ novel, is a new musical with original songs by Paul Keew and directed by Laura Spencer. It may be one of the larger productions put on in the hall with nearly 10 musicians being crammed into the backstage area and a full cast of actors and stage crew. Hearing the final product after spending many a long night pouring over them was extremely rewarding. I’m so thrilled to be a part of such an venture.
Ticket’s sold out very quickly and lines were long with people trying to get it but there is also an original cast recording that was quickly put together. It is available to those who were not able to attend, more on that later… I’ll try and get some audio samples up here as well.
Some exciting things have developed recently. Two of my pieces, All Glory, Laud, and Honor and Beautiful Hands, both published by Majesty Music, have both been put on jwpepper’s Editor’s Choice list.
Jwpepper is the largest retailer of sheet music in the US with their primary market being to school and church music directors.