01-In the Morning (2:08)
In The Morning was written in Austin, Texas. I remember sitting up in bed, the sun barely up and the room lit with a soft glowing light; I heard birds singing and felt a cool refreshing breeze flowing through a pastel curtain. Calm, reflective, peaceful.
This is our first work. The starting point of Transcendence. October 2003 I received a CD with studio recordings of recited poetry from Dolores. When I listened to 'In The Morning' I heard music inside of me. I took my guitar and tried to render these calm and gentle sounds into something audible. Her voice is accompanied by 2 guitar tracks. The piece ends with a guitar solo and some strings added to it.
02-Sail With Me (4:19)
Our journey in life can sometimes become difficult. Christ invites us to sail with Him, with His protection and love in the sails of His heart. Spiritual, peaceful, scenic.
The music for
this piece is more contemporary... speaking in terms of rhythm and sounds,
the message itself is timeless. Once again we have a mixture of spoken and
03-Child of Light (3:15)
Christ is the provider of the true light. He enlightens our hearing and our words; He gives light to our eyes, our touch and gives light to our feet. Carry His presence deep within your soul. We are called to be a child of light.
The music for
this song was originally for another purpose: A web site with a focus on the
trance, ambient and electronica genre started a contest for composers. I joined,
trying to make something a little bit different then my usual, more contemplative
style. The response I got from this input was quite encouraging, so I modified
the work and added one of Dolores poems to it, resulting in an 'Transcendence'
song with a more contemporary groove.
04-I Am Love (4:37)
I Am Love, was born through the visions of volcanoes exploding and stars gently falling while dancing with Him in snow gently falling. Our God is such a romantic God. Close your eyes; listen and see. You too will fall in love with Him.
I Am Love is
so perfectly in tune with the writings of the old mystics...their whole life
was consumed by the strong and ardent love of God and they were often trying
to express this through pictures of romance, with a simple love poem. Music:
Tambourines and tablas, catchy grooves, words both sung and spoken.
05-The Door of Your Heart (5:16)
The Door of Your Heart is an intense yearning for the presence of God. Intimate, spiritual, scenic, delicate, reflective, gentle.
A beautiful, spiritual love song. The Fender Rhodes piano build in perfectly conveys the gentle and delicate spirit of the poem. I've played a solo guitar after the words ' I love you', in order to let the words sink in.
06-Humbly I Came to You (3:53)
Humility is such a powerful virtue. To be in awe of creation is a very humbling experience. It defines the greatness of God.
sung and spoken. The classical celtic intro with harp and flute. I've tried
to balance simplicity and variation. Other instruments: Taiko, Cello, Saxophone,
Choir, Doublebass and drums. Filter on the vocals and a vocoder bring delicate
colors into the picture.
07-Divine Fire (3:46)
Sometimes we choose not to see the higher opportunities that are placed before us. The temptation to take the easier, risk-free and mediocre road often speaks to us. We are God's representatives.
Drama and variation:
A powerful intro floats into weightless pads and piano tones, building up
again to new and heavy soundscapes... this is a challenging song, a call to
represent Christ in our daily life.
08-Your Womb My Tomb (3:38)
The issue of abortion is an issue of life or death. We need to see and reflect on the real presence of life within a woman's womb...sadly, in this poem the womb becomes a tomb.
Like ' From
All Eternity ' this abortion poem needs a music which on one side describes
the fragile tenderness of the unborn child and on the other side the sad drama
of the coming abortion. Dark cellos a soprano voice and brooding percussion
on a gentle piano sequence.
09-Lamentations of the Blessed Mother (7:06)
Lamentations of The Blessed Mother began with Karsten. Karsten eagerly e-mailed me with an inspiration he had experienced. He heard a woman's voice, within him, revealing to him the title and the first line of the song. He asked me to finish it. It is beautiful. I too was inspired while writing it..
As I was contemplating
the passion of Christ, I 'heard' a female voice inside of me: 'My son, my
only child'. It was a very intense voice, a lamentation... I've never experienced
anything like this before. I asked Dolores to write a poem about this, here's
The music: Harps and flutes for the tender part; strings, sound samples and drums for the drama part.
10-A Soft And Gentle Breeze (3:44)
How often in times of distress has God embraced us with a gentle breeze to indicate His presence? "A Soft And Gentle Breeze" caressed the face of the Mother of God in such a moment.
As I read this
poem I almost felt the breeze caressing; the spirit of her Son breathing around
her face, comforting, consoling
theres a resurrection ahead, a
transition will take place. The music for this poem is based on gentle waves
of sound, a bit like rocking a child to sleep, the passion is over, the atmosphere
has changed, theres death and the promise of a new life. This poem is
very similar to the Lamentation, but still has its own,
11-Sacred and Secret (4:26)
Understanding and perception go hand-in-hand. We were made in the image of God. The reality of hatred and abuse does not stop God from dwelling within us. The grace of understanding and perception should be a prayer to truly see Christ in everyone. See Me beneath the hatred, behind the scars. Look at Me.
present in the outcasts and looser's of our society! The humble king, the
despised man on the cross taught us a lot about the hidden and future glory
in people now poor and needy. How will we respond to them?
I took city noise, cars, street music and breaking bottles as background soundscape at the beginning of the song..
12-Waiting For Her Father (6:33)
Waiting For Her Father portrays the child-like faith we should have in our Heavenly Father Theatrical, scenic, intense, suspenseful, innocent, joyous.
As I read this scenic poem I saw a very detailed, short play before my eyes. Like a film...so writing the music for this poem was like composing a film score. Full of drama, sometimes very soft, sometimes stronger and at the end a mighty crescendo!
Knocking is a mother's prayer to God for the conversion, safety and happiness of her child. Intimate, earnest, yearning.
Monica and Augustine...
a mother interceding for her child. Although it's a long and hard road; when
you read the 'Confessions' you'll see what finaly happens when a woman gets
on her knees. Instruments: Acoustic guitars, congas, one of my favorite pads
and at the beginning and end a solo guitar.
14-Pearl of Bethlehem (2:49)
The pearl of Bethlehem is the birth place of our souls. He is the place where we hunger and thirst ...for Him. Within Him we search for food, council, beauty, light and life. Go to Him and stay...forever!
and short song has a beauty of its own. Based on the sound of the electric
guitar, I slowly increased the strength of the music which each verse. The
mixture of words sung and spoken give the song a special flavor.
15-We Shall Meet Again (3:16)
God always calls us to a higher step by recalling and revealing the darkness that has caused us to stumble. Unconfessed offences remain until we recognize the wrong within them. The mystery of love evolves and elevates our understanding to clearly see beyond our darkness....we shall meet again.
light kiss...' Just a little bit of understanding of God's holiness and our
sinful nature can drive a person seeking after spiritual union into utter
despair... But through the perfect, innocent lamb Jesus Christ we can find
a source of great comfort and can be assured: ' We shall meet again '
16-Sacred Ground (5:00)
Walking into a beautiful night gently intrigues the soul to enter into a dark and beautiful communion with God. It is especially intoxicating when scent of flowers or pine incense the air mingling the spirit and the senses into one. Pure and simple magnificence; how God embraces the soul within the sacred ground of our souls.
This song was in the first place an experiment with the longest reverberation I've ever used. I asked Dolores if she can write a poem fitting for this kind of music. Oboe, Flute, Piano and Pads are soaked with gentle and yet huge waves of reflecting sounds. The music floats like a sailing ship crossing a calm ocean with an almost imperceptible breeze in the sails... you're moving on, but it's a most peaceful movement.