Plumber's Convention Award
In my life outside of music, I work as a Quality Engineer for a major faucet manufacturer. In April of 2009, I was invited to go to a plumbers convention. I sent 3 emails to a few good friends before and after the convention. With a little editing, here are the emails describing the event.
4/16/09 - I thought you would get a kick out of this: Late last year, someone at work asked me to give a tour to a group of plumbers. This is not an unusual request. There are always groups of plumbers that want tours of our plant and we never turn them down. This was the first time I had been asked to give one of these tours. This particular group was from some statewide plumbers’ organization and they were getting some sort of credit with their group for my tour. I spent half of the day on a tour and we fed them lunch. I gave everyone a business card. The only contact I’ve had with them since was a few emails helping them get their credit for the tour and one call with a question about our product. Until this week...
I wrote the song The Promised Land to sing during the memorial service at a church homecoming. The church I grew up in has a homecoming celebration every year on the second Sunday in June. Most of the people that go to this church are related to my mother. The same goes for the people that come to the homecoming celebration every year. For several years, I had been asked to sing special music immediately after the memorial section of the service. I usually tried to sing something that fit the tone of the memorial. I wrote this song probably about a year after my mother had past away. I wanted to try and write something special for her. As I approached writing the song, I thought about a lady in the congregation we called Aunt Erin who had written something special for homecoming. She read it as the memorial service every year when I was younger. I thought about how poetic her writing was and wished that I could set that to music. I never tried very hard to find her memorial service. I’m not sure but her memorial service could have died with her. I hope not.
Bible Stories are the inspiration for the music that I write. Here are scripture references for the stories that inspired these songs:
God is Light is a praise song that is based on 1 John 1:5-9.
Loser recounts a variety of stories about Jesus from the Gospels including the story of the lepers in Luke 17:12-19.
Water into Wine is based on the story of the wealthy young man from Matthew 19:16-26.
Wild Man in the Dessert tells the story of John the Baptist found in the first and third chapters of Luke as well as the first 12 verses of the third chapter of Matthew.
Elisha’s Bones is five verses long but comes from only two verses of scripture, a story told in 2 Kings 13:20-21.
The Prodigal Son is based on the familiar story from Luke 15: 11-32.
Bound for Glory is another telling of the story of the Israelite nation in the wilderness first told in Exodus and repeated throughout the Old Testament.
Job is inspired by the first two chapters of the Book of Job along with the last chapter, chapter 42.
A Little Faith is based on the story of David and Goliath told in 1 Samuel 16 & 17.
Found a Penny tells the story of the widow’s mite found in Mark 12: 41-44 and also in Luke 21: 1-4.
I hope my songs will help you think about these familiar stories in a new way.
The music I write is inspired by stories from the Bible. Here are scripture references for these songs:
Walk on the Water with Me is based on Matthew 14:22-33.
The Promised Land is inspired by the story of Moses on Mount Nebo in Deuteronomy 34. It also draws from the story of the preparations to enter the Promised Land in the first three chapters of Joshua and the description of the Land of Canaan in Numbers 13.
The Tree of Life appears in stories in Genesis 2-3 and Revelation 21-22. This song ties these stories together.
The Belly of the Whale is about Jonah and uses the first three chapters of that book as its inspiration.
It’s Gonna Rain is based on the story of Noah as told in Genesis 6.
This Rock tells the story of John 8:1-11 from the perspective of a man in the crowd.
Least of These is a modern retelling of the story in Matthew 25:31-46.
Son of David is the story of the healing of the blind man from Mark 10: 46-52 told from his point of view.
You are Blessed is based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.
Six Minutes After Seven draws from the apocalyptic images in the Book of Revelation.
I hope my songs will give you a fresh perspective on these traditional stories.
In autumn of 2009, it seems like it rained every day. It was raining so much, I thought that it might be about time to build an ark. This is when I got the idea of writing a song about Noah. The main idea for the song was to write about Noah talking about how his neighbors reacted to his ark building. The idea for the tune came quickly. The chorus of the song was also relatively easy to write. The verses came slower and the song sat half written for a while.
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