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Prayer Prelude

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A half-hour before church, we would have congregational prayer with musical accompaniment. Usually led by elders and pastors in the church, the congregation was also encouraged to participate (you can hear somewhat in the background). The Praise team would supply the music, usually in entirety, but I don't hear several members - so we'll call this a subset. I hear Rich, our main Keyboard/Piano player, and we usually have a second Keyboard player, but I'm not sure who it might have been. Our Worship Leader, Pastor Ray chimes in on his acoustic guitar in the last minute or so. I don't hear our drummer, Matt, who is also the head Pastor's son, or "Juice" (don't ask me to spell his name) on his Carvin 5-string bass. Also missing is a second acoustic guitar, percussion, violin, and later our sax player (married to the violinist). I would imagine I'm playing an inexpensive Ibanez Hollow-body electric ArtCore straight into the board (I was told my Behringer V-amp made too much noise). I probably had an Overdrive pedal and volume pedal in the signal path, but it doesn't sound like I'm using them.

I have no idea what we were playing, sometimes we take a song we practiced and play instrumentally, sometimes Pastor Ray or Rich would play a progression of chords for ambient music. Rich knew enough guitar to read the chords being played, and I'd just find the scale that fit - I never asked Juice how he figured out what to play, but he played and practiced for several years, so I think it was "natural" for him. The true unifying factor is the Holy Spirit - none of this was ever rehearsed or practiced. We prayed as a band before going to the platform, and we opened ourselves and allowed the Holy Spirit free reign over the music. I hope you can tell by some of these "live" song uploads, that He is a great composer. There were times when I would get in the way and "play" riffs myself - and that's when I made mistakes, but when I let the Spirit flow, it was heavenly.

The band got Aviom 16-channel in-the-ear-monitors, so to record, I split the headphone out jack - one went to my headphones, and the other to my Creative MP3 player/Line-In recorder. I could adjust the volumes of each principle instrument and vocals (including the Pastor) for my monitoring - and I would adjust it for a good stereo band mix. Since it recorded .wav files, it was simple to download it to a computer (compared to my MiniDisc recordings that I'll explain when I upload one of those). I used Audacity to split the stereo signal so I could manipulate my side individually - as close as you can get to a two track recorder. I cut my gain a smidge (3 db), and added a hint of (audacity calls it) echo - tho I made it act like reverb. I kept using the Fade Out tool, first on 2 seconds, then 4, then 8, and finally a longer amount I didn't notice how long - trying to get a good fade without feeling like you're missing a resolution in the music.

I pray you enjoy this "Song of the Lord" or "Spiritual Song" as a Prelude to Prayer or ambient music.

Photo: Stage left with the back-up singers, 2nd acoustic guitar, violinist, oh - and me... If you're ever in Ft Myers FL on Friday night or Sunday Morning, look up Word of Life Church - you won't be disappointed.
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A couple Keyboards, a Yamaha and Kurzweil I believe. I Think Pastor Ray has a Takamine and an Ibanez ArtCore Hollow-body electric. No signal path modification during the actual playing.
Audacity to take this snippet from about 30 minutes of music, and then to manipulate the fade-out, stereo mixing and a touch of reverb on the guitar.
Feter said 3660 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
Prayer Prelude
What a spiritual jammin ...really the whole band
set putting a sweet groove ..awesome tone for
the guitar ...the progress at the end is so
emotional powerful emotions from the piano ...
cloudy keys ...this is so sweet ..thnx alot for
sharin !!!!!
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b0rn2w0rsh1p said 3660 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
Prayer Prelude
Thanks, did I mention I was really blessed to be able to play at this church!? Thanks for the comment.

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Roxylee said 3659 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
and it does set the stage for worship, a time to be alone with the Lord, resting in his holy presence. Thank you for posting this, and for the description. It sounds like your church loves to worship.:-)
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Mike_Lynn said 3659 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
What a peaceful prayer inspiring me to think about lots of things in life. Nice work. Cheers / Mike
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sonnyjim said 3657 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
I wasn't there
so I can't speak to any spirituality present in the piece; but even in secular terms, this is one cool song! Beautifully paced, like a warm-up to bigger and better things (this very definitely would fit right in with the MJ LSP Challenge). Shades of prog and fusion come and grow....... VERY much enjoyed!
Thank you,
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davisamerica said 3657 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
.... thank you.
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Ibstrat said 3656 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
a believer at all myself but this is very well done!
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blindsidedpoets said 3652 days ago (September 18th, 2009)
Prayer Prelude
Raw. Pure. Perfect way to start the day. Thank you for sharing your gift.
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sloparts said 3231 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
The Lord knows
what we need to hear, and if left to His own will, provides it exactly so.

Beautifully done and well recorded.

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