Monday, April 24, 2017

First of all I have to say that the album "Blue Skies" by Bryan Duncan is one of my favorite albums.
The feeling in this song is reminiscent of the way a parent feels about their child, who has either run away, or made some destructive decisions. Think of the prodigal son story in the Gospel of Luke.
But I think maybe the real feeling that Bryan was trying to convey, is the way that God feels when one of His children backslides in sin, and walks away from Him. It breaks His heart.
Since I have deliberately walked away from my relationship with God in the past, I know the warm, welcoming, indescribable feeling of coming back to the Lord after a time of wandering in the darkness.
If any of you are out of the will of God; wandering, lost in sin, trying to do things your own way; don't you think it's time to come home? Come back home to Jesus, the shepherd of your soul. Don't you hear Him calling you? He Loves you.
"We implore you in Christ's stead: Be reconciled to God." ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20

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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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