Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Once in Royal David's City

"Once In Royal David's City" is a Christmas carol originally written as poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys' hymnbook "Hymns for Little Children". A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.
"Let the same attitude, purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Let Him be your example in humility:
Even though He was essentially One with God, and in the form of God possessed the fullness of the attributes which make God God, He didn't think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained. So He stripped Himself of all privileges, and rightful dignity, and assumed the guise of a servant and slave.
He became like men and was born a human being.
After He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself still further, and carried His obedience to the extreme of death - even the death of the cross!
Therefore, because He stooped so low, God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name - that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow, in heaven, on earth and under the earth - and every tongue openly confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~ Philippians 2:5-11

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Music, especially gospel music is part of my life blood. Some of my earliest memories involve Sunday afternoons singing and playing gospel music with my family. My grandma, Annie Ruth Krienke was a multi-instrumentalist, and we all sang and played the piano. My Dad, Arvid was the choir director and music leader at our Church in South Bend, Indiana. He sang in many gospel quartets over the years, and even had an album published with The King's Quartet.
Having grown up in the 70's, my biggest musical influence was Elton John, who's piano playing and singing I worked diligently to imitate. Then, during middle school & high school I got involved in a partying lifestyle that pulled me far away from my Christian roots. It was then that I began composing my own songs. Later, in the mid 80's I played the local nightclub circuit as keyboardist/singer with the band Justus.
But God comes in places unlooked for - unexpectedly.
After committing myself to the work of the Gospel, I served for three years as Praise & Worship Leader at a local church. During that time I began writing and recording songs during my rehearsal time in a home office/studio that I had set up. One thing led to another, and then with the expert guidance of an old friend, Paul Ellis, I learned how to mix and master my recordings.
My first album, "Up from the Roots", released independantly in April of 2010, was the outcome of those first recordings, and is a mixture of original variations of classic hymns, interspersed with some of my own compositions.
I continued to improve my recording technique, and released "Songs from 7th Street" later that year, followed by "Christemasse".
The next year I released "The Hymnal", followed by "Climbing Higher".
In 2012 I put together "Out of the Dark", which is a compilation album that contains all of my original compositions.
In 2019 I released a new album, consisting of thirteen of my early practice recordings, remastered as new releases, entitled "In the Sanctuary".


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