03
Sep

Storiez


These past few weeks, I’ve been hard at work putting the finishing touches on my new cd called Storiez. I’m posting this as I sit in the Lamp Lounge studio with deejay essence. He is heavily involved with the mixing/ mastering of the project. For those who don’t know, mixing and mastering is the post-production work which occurs after the initial recording work is finished. It’s basically the adjustment of sound levels for the purpose of achieving a more polished, professional sound. It is extremely time consuming and you find yourself listening to the same songs so many times that it can almost drive you crazy. On top of that, we had some last minute changes with a few of the beats. Because of these things, we had to push back our release date from October 14th to November 18th. Our distributor has been very patient with us. It’s a blessing to have both the platform and the artistic freedom to make music from the heart without external pressure concerning lyrical content.

I want to talk a little about the cd cover and how it relates to the music. The cover is meant to capture some of the major themes of the album:

1. A story within a story- Every human life is a story which plays a small part in a bigger story- the story of God’s dealings in human history. On the cover, the children are watching a story- unaware that they themselves are being watched. The layers on the wall are also meant to convey this idea.

2. Old and new- The CD uses new methods to communicate old truths. The words on the page in the upper left corner of the cd cover is a song from the CD typed in an old font. The children on the cover are caught up in and mesmerized by the new, but really need the old. This is an accurate depiction of our technologically-entranced society, as well as the Church, which seems to be increasingly allured by what’s “hot” right now.

3. Children- Children play a prominent role on the CD- as main characters in some of the narratives as well as performing on certain songs. In some ways, the children symbolize fallen humanity’s general naivete when it comes to spiritual realities.

As we get closer to the release date, I’ll be posting more specifics about the project. Your prayers for the Lord’s help in finishing it and His being glorified in its release would be greatly appreciated.

grace and peace,
shai



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