Well, not exactly a sample still. But this is a still image, as opposed to a video, to show how I plan to transform the video shot in front of a DIY greenscreen. The actor (me) tries hard to sync with the music on an unfamiliar instrument, then that video is composited into the virtual set.
There’s a section of “Consuming Fire” where a string section plays, and Phil Keaggy does a little solo over it. During that moment in the song, I hope to show some string players doing their part. My son & daughter both actually played strings on the recording. If all goes according to plan, they will also appear in the video.
If you enjoy Pandora, why not make a Gregorian Rock channel? Curiously, to find me on Pandora, you have to search for me by using my full name “Roland Dale Benedict“. Once you do that, my first two albums will be available in your programming.
For the songs on the new album, “Fire”, the process of getting those tracks onto Pandora is just beginning. I will let you know when they go live!
“Unwelcome Goodbye” is a sad song about the death of my parents. Both of them were on hospice while I was writing the music for this album. It was a hard time, and this song captures some of what I felt. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about whether or not to even include it on the album. Musically it turned out beautifully, it’s message is true, and the whole thing was cathartic for me. So here it is.
“Fire from Heaven”, despite the ominous title, has a more whimsical sound. It is written in 11/8 (which is an odd time signature for you non-musicians). However, my drummer, Paul Garretson, played it in such a way that you can hardly tell anything odd is happening. Vinnie Moreno, the newest member of the virtual band, plays a ripping guitar solo at the very end, over some mighty pipe organ. You will love it!
It’s ok if you missed it, because you can listen to the replay right here: http://www.progzilla.com/
Listen to the whole show by scrolling down the page until you see “Podcast – The Prog Mill Edition 46” and hit play. Or, skip to where “Skies Proclaim” is introduced around 1:42:30.
Imagine adding the third song from the album “Fire” to your Gregorian Rock collection. Available in all the usual places: iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc. Here’s the link to CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gregorianrock4
My plan is to release “Skies Proclaim” in February. It features a new guitarist in my virtual band, Vinnie Moreno. He’s a young guy with a surprising knowledge of vintage guitar riffs. His influences lean toward metal, so it’s another seasoning in the Gregorian Rock stew!
The next song to be released is “Reap What You Sow“. It’s another one that features Phil Keaggy jamming on guitar as only he can! One other unique feature about this tune is that it features a horn section.