I have not really played music over the past 12 years. But recently I have been asked to lend my hand to some projects for some friends who have been previously familiar with my playing. And what makes today different from 12 years ago is technology has allowed recording and distributorship to reach new levels.
I had the idea a few weeks ago to work on a new theme song for my radio program, an original instrumental. I learned a program on my iPad called GarageBand, I looped the drum and base tracks from my iPad to my Mac and ran my guitar amp through to the Mac and played over the drum and bass tracks I assembled from GarageBand. Long story short, I had several instrumentals I put down, that ranged from a bluesy sound to a jazz sound to a metal sound to pop sound. It reminded me of tracks from a Joe Satriani album. I was trying to see which one of these tracks would work for a radio show introduction. When I was looking over the tracks I laid down I realized I have 14 possibilities and another 5 I eventually trashed. I didn't want the tracks to go to waste, considering I am only going to choose one for an intro. So right now I am in the process of completing and extending the tracks to full length instrumental songs.
Now the plan is, to release two versions of an album next month, both absolutely free and downloadable on Nazarene Media and other places. But one will be sorely instrumental, and the other will have vocal overlays from Scripture, some in English, some in Hebrew and some in Aramaic. This is something, to my knowledge has never been done before.
I also decided to release this next month for another reason as well. I have dozens of friends in radio and many have told me they have run into many copyright issues with introductions for their programs and many cannot afford a BMI license or broadcasters license to cover copy-written materials. For those in ministry I find that to be sad that they have to pay a fee for 30 seconds of each radio program as well as the stations they are on. So, another driving force for me was to produce these tracks to a level that is better than the generic public domain materials you can find online. I wanted them to have something with heavy guitar punch and booming bass that sounds like the quality of material they would like to use and not the monotone public domain stuff. So, this will also be allowed to be used as a license free album of materials people can use for their podcasts or radio programs. All I ask is to ask for permission to use a track and a free download link being placed somewhere for the album and a mention of the free download on their radio program on one show.
Be on the lookout for this album, and feel free to share it with all your friends and upload it anywhere you wish upon release.
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah from the Brutal Planet Radio Program