I Started a Vlog

Nov 24

I bit the bullet and decided to stop shooting footage and edit something cohesive together. My plan is to keep this as the work vlog and have a personal vlog for things like travel. But step one. Actually complete something!

The reason I got it up today despite recording it a week or so ago is that in theory I am dropping a load of content tomorrow. Advent music videos you can use in online services.

We See the Fruitful Harvest

Oct 19

We did a simple version of We See the Fruitful Harvest by Sam Hargreaves. It is a wonderful set of words for the modern world to the tune of We Plough The Fields and Scatter.

We have done a lot of more complicated recordings since March but we decided to do this with just an acoustic guitar and a couple of vocal tracks. We expected it to be very simple but once we heard the finished product decided to upload it to YouTube as a stand alone song.

If you would like the resources to do it yourself, they are all available from Resound. if you would like to use our version, please feel free. Atribution would be nice but not essential.

Rethinking the Future

Aug 13

They say time flies when you are having fun. I’m not sure whether anyone would categorise 2020 as fun but it is certainly flying.

In the last few months, Ruth and I have been 99.99999% confined to each other’s company. It has given us opportunities as well as time to pause for thought. One of the things we have not been able to do is play music live. But it has given us chance to take writing and recording more seriously – not least because we have had to do it for Holy Nativity.

We have been talking about how we need to be more intentional with what we prioritise. In the past we have had a tendency to say yes to everything which has left us over worked and unable to do a lot of the things we long to do with our lives. Writing and recording has been something we have said we want to do more often and then another year passes.

We have also decided we need to be more intentional about how we share things online and make them available for others to use. With that in mind, I am thinking about how to rework Changing Worship as a website as well as Metanoia’s site. I think things need to be a little more cohesive. Or at the very least I need to finish building Metanoia’s site….

Lockdown has forced me to get used to seeing myself on camera and getting over myself and being self conscious. I haven’t had time to finish any of my personal projects – videos of Route 66 for example – but I have been forced on camera and that should now spill over into some of my personal projects. I should get over myself.

I came here to share a post about Metanoia. I guess I should stop rambling, change the title of this post and start a new one about that…..

Send the Fire | Metanoia

May 31
SEND THE FIRE!!

Lockdown has given us the impetus to do some serious recording. With a heavy live gigging schedule with both Silverthorn and Metanoia, Ruth and I talk about “finding the time to record” but in reality, you need an extended period of time to do it.

This week we took our favourite hymn* and did a full on Metanoia production of it.

With a distinct lack of drummers in our house, we created them from scratch ourselves one afternoon in software. Then guitars, bass and vocals and the addition of a crowd shouting faintly in the background.

I think we successfully channeled the spirit of Britain in 1977.

We’ve been talking on messenger about our next lockdown project. We think we can work out how to get CJ on drums and Bex singing backing vocals all through the power of the internet. Watch this space!

*favourite hymn is a movable feast.

Repentance, Forgiveness and Public Life

May 27

There has been a lot of ink spent on Dominic Cummings in the last few days. One curious aspect of the debate is for his right leaning apologists to silence the voice of Christians by citing “forgiveness”. “You are a Christian. That’s not very forgiving”.

At the heart of the Christian Faith is repentance, or in Greek, metanoia. Turning your life around. Giving up the old ways and pledging to take a new, better path in the future. This is where forgiveness is transformative.

So what has this all got to do with Cummingsgate? Here we have someone who broke the social contract that we share with one another. We keep it because we are protecting not ourselves but others. And Cummings has highlighted that there are an elite among us for whom the rules do not apply. Their social contract is different. It is a contract that applies to others but not themselves. In this case, it is a social contract shaped by Cummings that was applied to the rest of us. And this is the rub. Rules created by the elite but not for the elite. And when exposed and challenged, this disingenuous cabal of the ruling classes close ranks to protect one of their own.

In tonight’s Yorkshire Evening Post there is a moving letter from a bereaved woman who has lost her brother. Her story is one of betrayal. A betrayal by the ruling classes who who have the brass balls to flat out lie through press briefings rather than hold their hands up and admit to making an error.

“All I wanted and needed from the government was an acknowledgement and apology that this trip was made with poor judgement.”

So yes, this is a point at which we need to examine the Christian values of forgiveness and repentance. We need to regard how they provide us with a lens through which we can examine the actions of those who govern us. For repentance, that life changing metanoia holds us all to account and shapes the future we walk into.

Please read Josette Ward’s letter in full at the YEP. It is a moving read.

Blessed Be Your Name | Metanoia and Bailey

May 22
Blessed Be Your Name

Lockdown has taken away so much of our day to day life. Not least of which is music. We are usually live in front of an audience playing in rock bands Silverthorn and Metanoia at least once a week and losing that has been hard.

That said, there is a huge creative opportunity that has opened up to us through this. We have been really getting to grips with the home studio. For years we have been saying that we wish we had time to do things like this video of Blessed Be Your Name. Bailey asked if he could sing a song at Holy Nativity’s online service and this is our second effort.

With all of the recordings we have done in the past with Metanoia, the predominant factor has been deadline. 3am working out how to get things mixed for the next day. Lockdown has given us time to really explore things creatively and work out how we work best together.

I’d better go and crack on with this week’s project….

Because He Lives | Metanoia and Bailey

May 1

We have all given up so much in the last couple of months. However, there is one thing I’ve managed to gain from all of this. The opportunity to begin recording some music. As all of our live gigs have disappeared we have been turning to Pro Tools.

When we were asked “Can I sing on Easter Day, I was supposed to be doing it in church” it got us thinking. How do you do it via the internet?

This is one of our young people singing into his phone with me and Ruth backing. Each of the parts done in one take so it feels a bit more…. live.

Hope you like it.