Weekly music

This week’s song is “Shout to the lord” from Hillsong worship.

This song was written and recorded in 1993 by Darlene Zschench who was then the worship Pastor at Hillsong Church in Australia.

She wrote the song when she was struggling financially and trying to raise a young family. A situation most of us have been through.

Lyrics:

My Jesus

My Saviour

Lord there is none like You

All of my days

I want to praise

The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort

My shelter

Tower of refuge and strength

Let every breath

All that I am

Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord

All the earth let us sing

Power and majesty

Praise to the King

Mountains bow down

And the seas will roar

At the sound of Your Name

I sing for joy

At the work of Your hands

Forever I’ll love You

Forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to

The promise I have in You

Listening to God

Do you ever have days where nothing seems to go right, however hard you try? Everything you touch seems to break or everything you do is twice as much work as it should be? I had one of those days yesterday. I was willing and eager to get on with the tasks I had assigned myself for the day but I just couldn’t get going. It all started off well. We had to take a parcel out to one of the customers of Bev’s business who hadn’t received anything in the post. Despite the address being a new build that didn’t even show up on Google maps, we managed to find the house easily and deliver the masks. We even found a Subway open on the way home to get lunch. Everything seemed to be going so smoothly that I thought I would get the lawnmower out and attack the jungle that we call the garden. I managed to tidy the front garden without incident and moved on to tackle the back garden and this is where things started to fall apart. As soon as I began I started to feel a bit faint. Instead of taking this as a sign to pack up for the day I tried to push on. This was a big mistake as I ended up cutting through the electric cable of the lawnmower. Not quite the triumphant ending to the day I had anticipated. So now we are going to buy a cordless lawnmower and the grass will have to grow a bit more while we wait for it to be delivered.

I think most of us have days like this don’t we? The problem is that we don’t listen to what we are being told. I don’t mean what other people are telling us, I mean listening to our inner voice, the one in our head that is telling us to slow down or even stop what we are doing and do something else instead. This “inner voice” isn’t always an audible voice, it could be a feeling too. It could be that you feel tired, like I did yesterday, or it could be a feeling of fear or even simply just an uncomfortable sense that something isn’t quite right. We need to make ourselves more aware of these feelings and listen to them because it is actually God talking to us. God doesn’t always speak to us in the obvious way, in fact I believe God is talking to us all the while, but we don’t always listen.

At this point, if I were a Pastor or preacher, I would quote some inspirational verse from the bible to neatly summarise the message I’m trying to convey. I’m not blessed with enough knowledge of the bible to be able to do this, but I suggest that you look in the New Testament at some of the teachings of Jesus. I know there Is a story he taught about a rich man who gave his sons some bags of money and told them to look after his riches while he was away on holiday. When he returned he called his sons to him and one of them had put the money to work and doubled it while the other one just buried the money and didn’t work to make anymore. The one who doubled the money got a reward while the other, lazy one, got moaned at. The moral is, God has given us all a skill or talent, it is up to us to find out what this talent is and use it to make this world a better place for everyone and once we begin to do this, God will reward us in some way.

So from now on I’m going to pay more attention to the little signs around me. That bad feeling I get about something, that frustration when I cant seem to make progress in something. Even the annoyance when the weather changes and I have to alter my plans. This is all God speaking to us, guiding us, helping us to get back to his plan for us. It could be that his plan for us is simply to read a book when we had planned to build a wall. We might end up reading about an easier or cheaper method to build that wall, remember, God is in control and if we allow him to guide us then we will be rewarded.

Edit, the story of the rich man and his sons is in Matthew 25:14-30 and in Luke 19:12-26

Weekly music

Jenn Bostic “jealous of the Angels”

This week’s song is a beautiful song from Christian country music artist Jenn Bostic.

Jenn says that this song came from her experience losing her father to a car accident when she was only 10 years old.

I think this song will resonate with anyone how has ever experienced the loss of a loved one.

Here are the lyrics:

I didn’t know today would be our last
Or that I’d have to say goodbye to you so fast
I’m so numb, I can’t feel anymore
Prayin’ you’d just walk back through that door
And tell me that I was only dreamin’
You’re not really gone as long as I believe there will be another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me,
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question,
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight you always made my troubles feel so small
And you were always there to catch me when I’d fall
In a world where heroes come and go
Well God just took the only one I know
So I’ll hold you as close as I can
Longing for the day, when I see your face again
But until then God must need another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight Singin’ hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne
Tonight

Update from the cabin

This week is a quiet week for my recording business. I haven’t got any recordings to do for LibriVox, although I could always do the weekly poetry recording if I feel in the mood later in the week.

There are a few good reasons why I’ve deliberately kept this week’s rest days free. The main reason is that I have now spent several week’s worth of rest days working really hard on my voice recording at the neglect of other aspects of setting my business up. This website needs a lot of work doing to it before I will be happy with it. Most of this work, much like voice recording, is behind the scenes stuff that only I will be aware of, tweaking some settings, writing drafts for pages and blog posts, setting things up to make website maintenance easier. One thing I want to set up is the ability to update and maintain my site from my mobile phone so that I can work on my website from anywhere. This will make me more accessible for potential clients as I build up my voice-over business. It will mean that should someone want to contact me for any reason then It won’t take me 4 or 5 days to reply to them, like it does at the moment,  Instead I will be able to reply almost instantly.

 Now that I’ve decided to launch myself as a professional narrator I’m conscious of all the technical shortcomings in my recordings. To fix these, the first thing I need to do is to Google the problem I want to fix. Now, I’m not the world’s best user of internet search engines so all this takes time. Even when I do find a website that might answer the problem, trying to make sense of all the techno babble can take a lot of time. Once I have the technical things sorted out, my next task will be to search for jobs to audition for. There is no easy way to do this other than ploughing through 1000’s of jobs posted on dozens of audition sites. To be honest, I really enjoy this aspect of the job because it involves lots of reading. I love reading, so this isn’t really a chore for me.

So, main task for this week is to shortlist at least 10 jobs I would like to audition for so that I can prepare the scripts ready for me to record on my next set of rest days.

Other jobs include working on my website and catching up on the huge backlog of books on my “to read” pile, both on my kindle and on my desk.

Anyway, I hope you are all keeping well and I pray that God will bless you all this coming week.

 Cheers for now, Andy.

About narrating

The primary aim of this website is to provide a home for my voice-over and narration. Currently this is a hobby for me but as I develop my skills I would like to build up into a business. My aim is to provide quality audiobook narration and voiceovers.

After some research I bought some basic recording equipment earlier this year (2020) and set up a small vocal booth in my office cabin at the bottom of my garden.

I began by reading short verses and poetry for  a volunteer website called LibriVox and to date I have made around 12 recordings for them ranging from short verses all the way up to my most recent project, a 58 minute recording of a chapter from a book called “The religious experience of the Roman people” by W Warde Fowler. A series of lectures from 1911 which included several passages of Latin. I chose this on purpose to challenge me and stretch my abilities and stretch me is most certainly did!! Here is the chapter I recorded:

Chapter VIII Ritual of the Ius Divinum

I still have a few technical issues to sort out and I would like to enroll in some kind of performance or public speaking course to develop my reading performance but the next step now is to launch myself on some of the audition websites and see if anyone likes my voice enough to want to pay for my services. This is my project for the next few months and I will write about my successes and failiures in future posts.

Anyway, for now here is a link to my page on Librivox.

Weekly music

Something that is a huge part of my life is music. Ever since I remember I have always had music in my life in some form. I used to have a pretty extensive collection of LP’s and singles but nowadays I tend to stick to downloads and streaming.

Each week I want to post one piece of music that has been a part of me during that week. It might be something I heard this week for the first time or it might be an old favourite that I have had going around in my head this week.

As an introduction to this series and as a bonus post I’d like to kick off with this song from Elevation worship:

This is a powerful song that seems to have become an important song during the stressful times globally that Covid-19 has caused.

The songs writers, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Steven Furtick say they wrote it in a writing session on 27th February 2020. The video above was the song’s first public performance at Elevation church’s Sunday service on 1st March 2020

To date there are at least 24 cover versions that have been released: here is a small selection of them:

Here are the song’s lyrics:

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace As we receive, we agree, amen amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen (amen, amen)
Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
Your family and your children
And their children, and their children May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen (may His favour)May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you He is for you
Oh He is for you Oh (amen, amen)Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
Their children, and their children (may his presence)May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you (in the morning)In the morning (in the evening), in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you (He is for you), He is for you (He is for you)He is for you (He is for you), He is for you (He is for you)
He is for you (He is for you), He is for you (He is for you)
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you