I was so delighted to be in OKC last week, recording a very special album called, "SOLD OUT! for God, Family & Country." You know, I have struggles just like many others, but God teaches through those things so that we can grow and encourage others who are also struggling. What we can stand on and depend on is not our own feelings or emotions, but on God Himself and His presence, His promises, and His power.
This album has words that are powerful because they are based on the Word of God. There are deep spiritual truths that are brought to light through the medium of music. When I write my songs, I don't sit at a piano and start playing a tune and then make words fit that tune. On the contrary, I study the Word of God, read good Christian books and literature, and if the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart through it, then I write a poem. I then sit down at the keyboard and read the words and allow a tune to come into my head. Once it starts, usually within a minute or two, I start writing the note names above the words. Then it's time to chord it out on the keyboard. Next, I play an accompaniment on the keyboard and record it onto a CD. I get a friend to record me singing to the piano accompaniment, and then after signing a contract with Tate Music Group, I send the demo to them. Tate Music Group creates professional accompaniment tracks, and sends them to me to practice. I get a week or two to do this, and then it's time to come to OKC and record an album! I've also recorded locally at Horizon Music Group in West Haven, CT. It's so much fun to work on a project such as this, and seeing those messages the Lord put on my heart turning into beautiful, fun, inspiring songs.
While I was there I was able to do a photo shoot, music video, record my vocals, and get a wonderful tour of Tate Publishing, Tate Music Group, and their printing and shipping dept. It's a strong, thriving and growing company. I got to talk personally with the President and CEO, and was able to thank him for having this company, and the mission to print and publish the words that the Lord puts on our hearts to write, whether through book, ebook, audio book, or CD. They have hard and soft covers for the books.
Here are a few pictures from our trip. My daughter Amanda went with me, and we had a blast!