Spark_and_Echo-smallerEmily and I are progressing along with our project, creating a song cycle personifying biblical cities. The ensemble is coming together, with James Hall on Trombone, Meaghan Burke on cello, and Kevin Gosa of Fretful Porcupine on Saxophone. A percussionist and violinist will round out the ensemble that will tackle the music at the end of the year. We are busy writing the songs, orchestrating, and creating demos in our home studio. 

Last time Emily and I shared our orchestrated demo of Ephesus. This time we are sharing “I Passed By”. Emily is singing this one, an adaptation of the striking text about Jerusalem as an adulterous wife in Ezekiel 16. This text is what actually gave us the idea for the entire project of personifying biblical cities.
Versions of this song have been kicking around for awhile. Jonathon used to perform a solo version at clubs that was always way too heavy for the setting. We’re excited to have Emily breathe new life into it as the lead singer and further develop it with the whole ensemble. It’s such a strong text, so it really helps to have the drama of the other instruments here. Even more so, we’re looking forward to having the live instruments tackle it later this year.

 

DEMO OF I PASSED BY

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As a bonus, we are sharing an early version of the song, “I’m Small”. It personifies Bethlehem as told in Micah 5:2-6.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.” (Read More)

This should be a fun one that complements the last two more complex pieces. Rounding our the cycle will be a new work on Jericho, and the “New City” in Revelation, coming in the fall.

 

DEMO I’M SMALL (with instrumental mock-ups)

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