Sunday, July 22, 2012

CD out by September 1st

It finally looks promising that the CD will be available at CDbaby and iTunes around September 1st.  I'm going through the songs and reviewing the order of the songs.  I thought that I liked the order when I put it together at first, but since I didn't have the money for publishing, we wrote a couple more songs.  You can't stick them in just anywhere.  The CD had a flow from a low point in one's Christian life and worked to the high point.  It will have to fit into the story. 

Also, we are playing at a Celebrate Recovery service again and looking forward to playing for a Bikers for Christ service.  Next Sunday night, I'll be doing one of the songs from the CD.  That should be interesting.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Recent happenings

Been too busy to write much lately, but some of it has been musically related.  After finishing up the tracks for 'Spirit In The Sky', we started on covering another song.  That didn't go so well, but the ideas became our new song 'Into The Light'.  It is interesting how something that doesn't work for its original purpose becomes something wonderful in a different context.  More posts later as work load decreases.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Next song & service

After our service, we started working on the next cover song for special music or just fun.  My previous pastor's favorite song was 'Spirit In The Sky' by Norman Greenbaum.  At our last music day, we did a rough draft of 'Spirit In The Sky'.  As I start my spring break, I'll take the time to rework the drum machine and re do several tracks.  I also plan on starting the song from Psalms 138. 

After the success of the Celebrate Recovery, we might play a service for Bikers For Christ.  We went through the entire first CD of covers last practice.  It has a lot of songs more in a worship theme as opposed to special music.  The Lord hasn't provided a bass player or a drummer yet, so we'd be playing with backtracks.  We will see what happens.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Road Trip Success

We did the Celebrate Recovery service in Manteca and had a great time playing and worshiping.  It was nice playing for those who appreciated our style of worship music.  Our song 'Recovery' went over well with the group.  Hopefully it will work into some other playing opportunities.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

S Squared on the Road

Well, if you can call Manteca on the road.  We just finished up putting the S Squared treatment on 'Stand' by Hillsong.  I heard it on the radio for the first time and didn't recognize it.  We have it a little faster and metal sided, so to speak.

On the 15th of March, we are doing the songs for the Celebrate Recovery group in Manteca.  I still have to figure out which church and how to get there, but we plan on doing 6 songs.  The four covers will probably be 'Come To The Cross', 'If We Are The Body', 'Until the Whole World Hears', and 'Set Me Free'.  We will debut our new original 'Recovery' and follow with 'Jesus Is The Victory' for the big finale.  It will be good to be playing out in front of people.  I miss that with all the song writing we have been doing.  Still looking for a drummer and bass player to play concerts.  Got a gig in the beginning of June and don't want to have back tracks.  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Song 7 's new title.

Been busy writing and playing, but not writing the blog.  Need to do some mixing again.   Song 7 will now be known as 'Recovery'.  After Karl did the bass, we finally had keyboards added by Lyn.  We did 3 keyboard tracks and it sounds best with a mix of two of the tracks.  I'm thinking about adding this song to the internet tracks available.  We had 30 downloads of 'Jesus Is The Victory' without any promotion.  'Recovery' might be a better song.  We will see after the mixdown and the feedback from friends.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Stuff

Since the last time I posted, the S^2 team has been writing new songs.  We are currently finishing up a song tentatively called Recovery.  We are waiting on some keyboard parts, which should be done soon.  The other one is still a work in progress titled Song 18 on the recorder.  By the time we can afford to get the CD out for sale, we will probably have 12 songs for it.  We have also metalified 'All of Creation'.  We hadn't done any Mercy Me covers for special music.  It seemed time.

On a different note, I checked the CD Baby site.  Our song, 'Jesus Is The Victory', had 30 downloads.  Not bad for no promotion or album to go with it.  100 more and I might get a check in the mail.