When time and muse permits David likes writing instrumental music, possibly with a touch of the minimalist about them. Julie likes writing new songs in their entirety.
We both like writing new tunes for old Christian songs whose words deserve a new lease of life. And that’s where we’ll start:
New Tunes for Old
Tunes are perhaps the most emotive yet the most fleeting part of songs. Words may need adjusting here and there to cope with the vagaries of language change but the cultural significance of certain melodies and musical styles changes much more dramatically. And so while people are often very tightly wedded to ‘favourite tunes’, it’s worth being open to new tunes for good old songs not for the sake of people who know and love the old songs so much as for those who don’t love them yet, but who might if they were not married to music that turns people off. That’s the philosophy we have anyway. These won’t be to everyone’s taste, but give them a try.
Instrumental versions below because I haven’t really got vocal versions yet that I’m happy with. If you really want a vocal version then just ask.
God whose almighty word…
David’s music – instrumental
Two of the pieces below were written when I was at school. The ineptly titled Summer Slumber was I think the only junior entry in the composition section of the school ‘Young Musician of the Year’ 1994. Listening to it now I think I wanted to squeeze about 8 compositions into one. Not confident in my own ability to play the clarinet part, the infinitely better Marianne Rawles stepped ably in. Figure of Eight was written for my Higher Music course and I’ve never managed to get it performed.
Other pieces are mere sketches when I’ve had the time in Garageband.