By myke

The Bright Wind

“The Bright Wind”

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I like this one…

Here’s your jam for today.

This little chord progression was based off of one of the groves we played behind @thevoiceraps on #sunday @nationschurchla

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The Layover

In November 2016 I was #laidoff from my job. It was a challenging time that left me reeling and in an odd place. On the one hand I knew that God was in it, that it was part of his plan. On the other hand, I was going “what the heck happened to me?” For the three months I was unemployed I lived in that tension.
These songs are the result of all that time off.
The name comes from the idea that a layover on a flight is this weird place where you are technically traveling, but you aren’t actively moving forward to your destination.
This season was a layover, I knew that God had something great for me and I was technically traveling towards it, but I wasn’t making forward progress at the time.
What’s interesting about these types of seasons is that usually there’s something in it that’s shaping you. There’s a growth in what feels like a stunting.
God was working in the area of pride in my life, pride in my gifts, pride in my work ethic, pride in my ability to #bringhomethebacon, pride in being a five talent servant.

It wasn’t until I laid down that pride, and placed my identity not in what I could do, but in what God did for me on the #cross, that I found work.

This season was also a huge blessing to me, full of rest, and an increased ability to help out at the church.
I also experienced an explosion of creativity, with lyrics that had always been a struggle to write pouring out of me. Many of my favorite songs on this album were the result of God directing me through constant #happyaccidents.
I would be attacking a song from the angle I thought I should, only to hit walls and then in the process stumbling on something that sounded even better.

I really hope you like this album! I put my heart and soul into it!

No Worry, No Sorrow Album Stream and Paintings

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Since No Worry, No Sorrow is an instrumental album, I want to do something different for the album artwork. I have some friends who are outstanding painters, so I asked them to listen to the music, and try to capture their feelings while they painted. They crushed it! I’m so happy that they were willing to help because the artwork really take this project to a whole new level!


Also! You can now preview the entire album in the embedded Youtube playlist above!

1. Modern Vintage – Painting by Catalina Garcia

2. Bounce – Painting by Catalina Garcia02_Bounce-copy

3. Rest – Painting by Catalina Garcia 03_Rest-copy

4. Victory Us – Painting by Catalina Garcia04_VictoryUs-copy

5. Go – Painting by Catalina Garcia

6. Have Peace… – Painting by Brigette Bush

7. …For There is Hope – Painting by Brigette Bush

8. C183 – Painting by Brigette Bush

9. The Return Home – Painting by Brigette Bush

10. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus – Painting by Brigette Bush

Track by Track – 10 – Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

I love this song. Not just my arrangement of it, but the song itself. I love old hymns in general, but this song is special to me. The inspiration for adding a non instrumental song to this record came from the band Lights & Motion. On their first album, the last song was the only song with lyrics and vocals and it was a wonderful surprise cap to the album.
For this album I wanted to do something similar, however I wanted it to be a reimagining of a song I loved. I almost accidentally stumbled on this song one day while playing it and I sang it in a different way than I normally did. In a flash I set up my mics, dialed in a tempo and laid down the guitar and vocals.
After adding in the strings, and a few other atmospheric elements, I was happy with the song. There isn’t much variation in it, however thats what I love about it. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and with a low key arrangement, the message and heart of the song is allowed to really shine.

Track by Track – 09 – The Return Home

This song was the second single I released for this album. And has a special place in my heart. See, the brass and string riffs in the chorus section remind me of westerns. I love westerns, this appreciation was passed down to me by my father. I can’t tell you how many Saturday or Sunday afternoons I would come into the living room to see my Dad watching a move (well, parts of it at least, most of the time he would be napping) on TNT. Usually it would be some movie from the late 80’s or early 90’s (before my time) and I’d sit and watch with him.
One of our favorite genres were westerns. I loved the idea of a lone gunman arriving in town, clearing out the bad guys, getting the girl and changing his ways, or moving on to another town. The heroism and the awesomeness of the movie version of the Old West captivated me.
This song was my attempt to make a modern sounding western soundtrack. The bouncy, verse reminds me of an intense shoot out between our hero and the villain at the climax of the movie. Then at the chorus; triumphantly, and epically the hero returns to the town riding on his trusty steed with the villain in tow, drops the villain off at the jail, sweeps the girl onto his horse, kisses her and rides off into the sunset.

Track by Track – 08 – C183

Children 18:3 is one of my favorite bands. They are an awesome trio of siblings that made some of the best punk and roll I’ve ever heard. It’s an awesome blend of punk rock sensibilities and true rock and roll spirit. Sadly, they just released their last album.
This track is a tribute to them and their awesome body of work. No strings, no synth, no breaks. Just full steam guitars bass and drums, and a running time of 1:48 that still leaves you wanting a little more. Just like that first album.
Hope you like it!

Track by Track – 06 & 07 – Have Peace…For There Is Hope

I’m putting both of these songs together because they are two parts to the same story.
If I had to sum up this album in one word, it would be Peace. It’s the heart and soul of this work. It’s something many of us lack, we often become so overwhelmed with the worries and stress of our lives that we burry ourselves in fret-filled work. Like an over steeped tea bag, that dwelling can leave us bitter and broken.
However, there is hope.
Several years ago, I was in a situation where I really needed a miracle. I was laying in bed, running it through my mind. How is this ever going to be fixed? How do I get myself out of this massive hole I’d dug for myself. I couldn’t sleep. Every time I would close my eyes, they’d snap back open and I would stare at the ceiling. I laid there just staring, sinking into that darkness that often times feels like a warm blanket. I think our flesh likes worry, likes fretting. As if we say, “Well I can’t control the situation I’m in, but I can at least sit here and think up a way I CAN control it.”
After several house of tossing and turning and staring. I had a thought, hey dummy, why don’t you go try that prayer thing your parents are always talking about?
So I got up, grabbed my iPod and found a quite place and put on some worship music. It then started just pouring out all of the pent up frustrations and worry I had been feeling. I called out to God saying, “Where are you? This bible I claim to believe in says that you won’t see us forsaken. I’m feeling forsaken now!” Like a volcano I erupted with all of my thoughts, doubts, fears, and sorrow.
A little while later, I moved to just praise. Singing along loudly with the iPod. My anger and acusational tone gone, and just praise and thanks.
Then, I felt something in my spirit.
There is Hope:
It felt like Aloe on a sunburn. The cooling peace of God washed over me. I didn’t have my miracle, but it was like the burden of it had been removed from me. The burden still existed, but I was no longer carrying it, God was. I then went back to my room and sleep like a log.
Then next morning I had my miracle.
In the turbulent times and in the darkness, reach out to God. Let him bear your burdens, I can guarantee, he’s stronger than you can imagine. This track is a reflection of my Joy at watching God show off in my life. His miraculous intervention in this instance was the first time I had seen God intervene directly in my life. It changed my perspective on God, that he is the truest friend, the best father and he loves you!

Track by Track – 05 – Go

Right from the get go this song was fun to record. I love the little verse riff with the mirroring horns. Every time I listen to the little run I do a little dance in time with the hits.

I also got to incorporate some arpegiated synthesizers and my favorite organ sound to give the dance part a high octane kick.
The breakdown into the ending verse section with the high picked notes with the organ underbelly is almost reminiscent of The Who’s Baba O’Reilly (commonly known as Teenage Wasteland). I like that feel of a light driving sound with room for a fun riff.