Friday, August 29, 2014

I Love to Tell the Story

"I will bear witness to Your merciful acts - throughout the day I will speak of all the ways You deliver, although, I admit, I do not know the entirety of either.
I will come with stories of Your great acts, my Lord, the Eternal.
I will remind them of Your justice, only Yours.
You have taught me since I was young, O God, and I still proclaim the wonderful things You have done.
Now as I grow old and my hair turns gray, I ask that You not abandon me, O God. Allow me to share with the generation to come about Your power - let me speak about Your strength and wonders to all those yet to be born.
God, Your justice stretches to the heavens - You who have done mighty things!
Who is like You, O God?
You have made me see hard times: I’ve experienced many miserable days, but You will restore me again. You will raise me up from the deep pit. You will greatly increase my status and be my comfort once again.
I will praise You with music played on a harp because You have been faithful, O my God.
I will sing praises to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
I will shout for joy as I sing Your praises - my soul will celebrate because You have rescued me.
All day long I will declare how Your justice saved me." ~ Psalm 71:15-24

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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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