I had some piano lessons at eight years old, played the ukelele a bit at nine, and had six months of guitar lessons at ten. My brain must be wired for guitar. I understand chord progressions, arpeggios, and rhythm while following music notation on a piano keyboard seems next to impossible.
At sixteen, I started writing songs. Since I am a Christian and feel that music is a gift from God, my early songs were ideas that came out of my experience as a Christian and following God’s leading. I wrote about Bible stories and characters as well as my perception of the Christian walk. I also wrote songs about relationships and daily life. I recorded my songs, first on a cassette tape recorder, and later on a digital multi-track machine. I would program drums, bass, strings, and other instruments in a chord-based MIDI sequencer, then play guitar and sing along.
When I got married a lot of the song writing and recording stopped. I still played guitar for church and enjoyment. Now with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software programs like Garageband and Logic, there are new and exciting ways to make music. I am hoping to get back into this whole creative process, but there is a learning curve and having a family keeps a man busy! Setting up and recording a full-blown song in a DAW is a time consuming, trial and error process. I am hoping to involve my kids (see picture above), as they both seem to enjoy music.
Here are some MP3 files of past recordings:
“Slow Tremolo” is a new instrumental created almost by accident in Apple’s Garageband. I like how it ‘s peaceful and easygoing.[audio https://sites.google.com/site/litefynder/SlowTremelo.mp3]
“One Man Out of Two” is an expression of the struggle against our human nature and our desires to do the very things that cost us our lives – sometimes our earthly life, always our eternal life. A closely related Bible passage is Romans 7:15-25[audio https://sites.google.com/site/litefynder/OneManOutofTwo.mp3]
“Just to Ask You” is a prayer. Several of the songs I’ve written are prayers to God. Sometimes I get so involved in the tangible, immediate things of my daily life that I forget to ask for God’s guidance and help. This song is also a recognition of the fact that I truly NEED God, even though I don’t think it many times.[audio https://sites.google.com/site/litefynder/JustToAskYou.mp3]