JOYFUL! Christmas Praise & Worship. (Sneak Preview Available Now)

I’m thrilled to offer this “sneak preview” of my new Christmas project “Joyful!” for a very limited time.  To listen and download click the cover image  below…

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So here’s the quick story … I’ve been leading worship with these arrangements of traditional Christmas songs for several years, mostly with the youth praise team from back in the day. I’ve had a desire for many years to produce nice rockin’ Christmas album with these songs and others. On a mixture of opportunity and unction I started recording late December of 2013 for what will be a 2014 release. But like a kid who can’t wait for Christmas, I wanted to share what we’ve got so far. This “sneak preview” is not perfect, but you’ll get the idea and I pray it will bring some joy to your Christmas season. God bless you and enjoy!

To listen now and download your copy,  click this link : JOYFUL!

It’s a “name your own price” deal. To get yours for free, simply enter “0.00” as the price. I just want you to have it. Donations are very much appreciated,  proceeds help fund our non-profit missions work.

Merry Christmas!

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JOY! My New Christmas Project Coming 2014

The best time to produce a Christmas record? The year before!

The best time to produce a Christmas record? The year before! A sneak may be coming soon … stay tuned ….

Maybe I’m crazy to make a record right now. But for many years I’ve had some fun/ energetic praise arrangements of Christmas hymns and carols. We’ve got some raw live recordings with the youth group from back in the day,  but “you had to be there” to appreciate it.

So, it’s been in my heart to produce a Christmas worship record that, well,  rocks. And we’re doing it. Now. The opportunity to record with some fantastic players, some friends old and new, came all of a sudden and , well, it just seemed like the right time to go for it.

So earlier this week we recorded basic tracks. I’m working on vocals now. I hope to have a “sneak preview” with mixes for 4 of the songs released by December 21, a week from today. I’ll release the finished project in time for Christmas of 2014.

But, like a kid who can’t wait for Christmas, I’d like to share something before then.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Recording the Band Tracks for “Christmas” In the Studio

Christmas Recording: Rob Still, Blair Masters - keys, Jonathan Crone - electric guitar, Tony Morra - drums, Scot Dente - acoustic guitar, Matt Pierson - bass

Christmas Recording: Rob Still – guitar & vocals, Blair Masters – keys, Jonathan Crone – electric guitar, Tony Morra – drums, Scot Dente – acoustic guitar, Matt Pierson – bass

 

Scratch Vocals & Guitars

Recording Scratch Vocals & Guitar

Recording Scratch Vocals & Guitar

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So .. would you be interested in hearing a “sneak preview” of some of the songs? Leave a comment ….

Stay updated! Leave me your email address and I’ll a send you the free download to the sneak preview when it’s ready. I’ll be tracking vocals December 19 & 20 and will have rough mixes up by December 22.

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“Dash Between The Years” – A Song For All Saints Day

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This Sunday at HFUMC we will commemorate “All Saints Day”.

In the United Methodist Church, All Saints’ Day is observed on the first Sunday in November to remember deceased members of the local church congregation. A candle is lit as each person’s name is called out with their photograph, followed by prayer.

I wrote a song a while back that I thought would be appropriate for the occasion.  “Dash Between The Years” is about making  your life count and living with no regrets. It was inspired by a poem called “The Dash” by Linda Ellis.

You can hear the song on this youtube video. The strings were played by my friend and amazing viola virtuoso Christopher Lowry. 

Dash On A Tombstone

On a tombstone was written the date of her birth
And the day of her last breath
The sign of a lifetime of living and tears
Was a dash between the years
And it said nothing at all of good deeds and kindness and faith
Cause a dash on a tombstone is never enough
To show what a life has meant

For there’s only one life and soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Jesus will last

I’m reflecting on decisions and choices I’ve made
Will I live with no regrets?
Did my life make a difference
Or was I captured by fear in my dash between the years ?

Would it say I was faithful
Did I live for the glory of God?
Cause a dash on a tombstone is never enough
To show what a life has meant

And we’ve only one life,  soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Jesus will last

This is my dash between the years.

Copyright Rob Still November 2002. Rob Still Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by
permission.

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Is there a song that has been special to you for remembering loved ones or motivating you to live your life to the fullest? Thanks for sharing!

A Song for Easter: A New Anointing

“A New Anointing” as performed by Zoe Group [Video]

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This post features a song I wrote that we’re working up for Easter. I’m excited to direct our church choir on this acapella arrangement of “A New Anointing / This Is The Day”, as recorded by the wonderful Zoe Group.

This will be the first time I’ve had the pleasure of leading the choral  version, and it sounded so good at rehearsal last night!

So, here is a link I’ve put up for the HFUMC choir to download. I will leave this up as a free download for a very limited time.

Download MP3 audio > Click this link:  A New Anointing – Acapella

Also, here’s the music score for the HFUMC choir to download for a limited time only:

Download Choral Score > Click this link: A New Anointing Choral Music

[Note: If you’re not in the HFUMC choir you can purchase the recording from the I-tunes store here > Deep Calls to Deep – The ZOE Group and, for the choral arrangement, you can purchase the sheet music here.]

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2 Free Palm Sunday Worship Songs: Lift Up Your Heads / King of Kings

“Lift Up Your Heads”: Psalm 24 Scripture Song

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This is a live worship video of “Lift Up Your Heads”combined with the song “King of Kings”. I’ve used it frequently as  a processional song for Palm Sunday.

  • “Lift Up” is straight ahead antiphonal singing the NIV translation of Psalm 24 verses 7-10.
  • “King of Kings” is a compilation of several spontaneous riffs created over many seasons of worshiping with this song.
  • This a pretty good example of my Davidic approach to writing and leading worship.

This was recorded and mixed live at Belmont Church. No Auto-tune was used, as you can tell. 🙂

Free MP3 Download on Bandcamp

Lift Up Your Heads Mp3 Download

You can download this recording (actually in any format, even CD quality .aiff) and lyrics FREE here on  “Rob’s Exclusive Content” Bandcamp page.

Free Downloadable Charts:

Click the links below for a PDF

Lift Up Your Heads Lead Sheet

Lift Up Your Heads Lead Sheet

Lift Up Your Heads / King of Kings (Lead Sheet in D)

Lift Up Your Heads (Chord Chart/Lyrics in D) 

King of Kings (Chord Chart /Lyrics in D)

I’ve been thinking I would video tape a tutorial how to play this song, would that be useful to you? Let me know in the comments!

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Coming oh so very soon! My new “Wholehearted Worship” e-book series.