Friday, May 16, 2014

Drifting Part Two


I composed three "Drifting" pieces in the same day.  This is the second one.
And honestly, I love this one.. it is one of my favorites.  You see, I don't plan on these compositions.. they just happen.. like a fortunate accident.
This one is slightly different than the first, but they go together.. they capture the soft lilting lullaby that the water sings to us.
I love these moments.. whether I am at the beach or the lake.. when the soft breeze teases across your face and all is right with the world.
Click to open music in a mini-window Drifting Part2.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman (2:17 / 2.7Mb)
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Down at the Cross & Footsteps of Jesus


My hope is that by recording these hymns without the vocals, other churches or singers can utilize these accompaniments for those cases where they do not have a pianist or other instrumentalist.

Please listen and enjoy or even sing along.. and feel free to use them as you wish.

Click to open music in a mini-window "Down at the Cross" - Mp3 (c) 2014 recording William Cushman (2:38 / 3.1Mb) qrcode
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Holy, Holy, Holy
I have a new project.

For several years, people have asked if I could provide them with "just the accompaniment" music for many of the hymns that I play on Sundays at church.

I believe God has now provided a good time to do some of those recordings.

The method is actually kind of simple.  I just asked the sound-guy, Carl, if he would turn down all of the other microphones and just record me and Jamie (the percussionist) during services or practices.  Afterwards, we will sort through the recordings and just chuck the ones that don't cut the mustard.

Here's one we did last night.  "Holy, Holy, Holy!" words by Reginald Heber (1783–1826) & music by John B. Dykes (1823-1876).  The overall volume is a little low, and the bass drum is a little loud.  And I messed up and hit a c-natural on one the verses.. but otherwise, I think it's nice.

I begin it with a standard 8 measure introduction and then it begins.  I do 4 verses.  If you know the words, feel free to sing along.

Click to open music in a mini-window "Holy, Holy, Holy!" - Mp3 (c) 2014 William Cushman (2:54 / 3.32Mb)
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Drifting


I hate to admit it.. but my own music actually puts me to sleep.  I suppose that is why i'm inspired to compose it.  Sometimes.. I just need to relax and forget the stress of this world.. and drift off into a cozy, carefree slumber.  Nobody ever said that life was easy.  But I have been promised that I will not be given more than I can endure.  And even God takes a break sometimes.

Click to open music in a mini-window Drifting.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman (3:48 / 4.35Mb)
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Linky Links

Hey.. quick post. All of the content on this blog has been powered by Apple's iDisk, Mobile Me service for almost a decade. As of the 1st, they closed it down. I've been working frantically over the past few months to "repair" and redirect everything.. but I've only fixed the first 8 or so.

IN A nutshell.. the newer posts are fine.. the older posts are glitchy.. I'm working diligently to fix them, if you are desperate, let me know and I'll email you a link to anything you need.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cloud Planet


    Any chord that can be decomposed into a series of Perfect or augmented fourths is called a Quartal chord.  To me, they've always sounded elusive and otherworldly.. probably because we hear them used in music used to orchestrate the Star Trek Series.
    I was goofing around with a G quartal chord.. and it made me think of orbiting a beautiful cloud planet.. dipping my toes into the exosphere.. marveling at God's creation..

Take a moment and listen.. do you see it..?




Audio only below:
  Click to open music in a mini-window Cloud Planet.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman (4:19 / 5.93Mb)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Leaky Roof


I've been unsatisfied with the technique I've used so far to record my music.  It involves sitting down at an electronic keyboard and recording into a digital studio... oh.. it works.. but it's just not the same as a real piano.

Today, while it was raining outside, while I was home from work with my youngest, while mommy went on a field trip with the oldest.. I tried something else.  I took my iPhone and stuck it in my empty coffee cup and sat it on the edge of the piano.  You can hear the baby voicing her opinion in the background.

Our roof has been leaking for years.  Finally, after much prayer and patience, God has graced us with the ability to get a new roof.  But right in the middle of the roofing process, with only the tar paper down, the sky opened up and soaked us with a torrential downpour.  It's still a little leaky and I've been crawling around up there in-between squalls trying to plug the holes with tar.

This piano piece is nothing more than me trying to exercise patience.. just grabbing hold of something tangible and working it with my hands.. literally staring out the window into the face of the storm.  But if there's one thing  I've learned in my crazy life, it's that I, Me, Bill.. can't do it alone.  I'm just not that cool.

Let's see if this works out.

Here's just the audio below...
 Click to open music in a mini-window Leaky Roof.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman (2:57 / 2.8Mb)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Heartache

Loss can be a horrible word. None of us likes losing something or someone.

Sometimes facing our loss is the hardest thing we ever have to do.

But sometimes it is the very action of our acknowledgment that makes us stronger and wiser.

I wrote this piece for a friend of mine during a rough time in her life. This solo piano piece captures my interpretation of her loss, the difficult climb out of the pain to a place of resolution and acceptance.


Click to open music in a mini-window Heartache.Mp3 (c) 2010 William Cushman (4:05 / 5.6Mb)

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Friday, September 10, 2010

The Dream

Years ago, a friend of mine told me about a recurring dream. It was a dream about childhood and wishing that they could return to a time of innocence and delight.

I've met many people who wish they could turn back the clock. But this is not the nature of things.

We must go forth, mature and seek wisdom.. "..put childish ways behind me."

But I seem to miss the wonderment of my youth. I don't want to forget it, or go without it forever.

How foolish am I? Compared to Eternity, I Am a child... fumbling about.. still immature and unknowing.
Instead of Dreaming of the past.. we should dream of the future, when one day our clouded judgment will finally become clear.

The delight of my childhood was simple and true ..but it never left.. I just have to open my eyes to it.

The music to this idea takes a winding path.. follow it as it finds its way.

Click to open music in a mini-window The Dream.Mp3 (c) 2010 William Cushman (4:05 / 5.53Mb)
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*Special thanks to Tom Forrest for the photo.
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Monday, February 01, 2010

AWAKE



















I love our new little baby girl. I especially love to watch her sleep.

Sometimes, while asleep, she smiles.. sometimes she giggles. I find myself feeling so happy while I'm watching her sweet face.

I wonder what babies dream about?

It is beautiful to see such innocence.. and it's even harder to know - that as our little one travels along through the storms of life, it is our job.. My job.. to guide her.. to protect her.. to be a guiding light for her as best as I can.

I know I can't do everything. I mean, I'm only human.. and I won't be around forever, or even able to keep up with her as she gets older.

But there is a light that will always be there.

So the most important thing that I have to do is help introduce her to my Father. The One. The Light in the dark.. Who never will let her down.. Who loves unconditionally.. Who knows her heart.

But for now, sleep and dream your wonderful baby dreams.. it's not time to be awake just yet.


Click to open music in a mini-window Awake.Mp3 (c) 2010 William Cushman (5:32 / 7.4Mb)
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Over my shoulder

Our little one came yesterday and she is perfect.

Looking back over the past 9 months, it's been insane.. it feels like a million years..

Yet, time just keeps creeping along. I am so grateful for the blessings that we've had in our life.. despite this recession, despite all of problems surrounding us today.. we are truly blessed.

I lay all of my thanks and praise at the foot of the cross..

It's so easy to look forward and see the uncertain future.. but I have to remember to look back and see the beauty behind us.. all of the things that worked out..

As I turn my head, musically, metaphorically.. try to hear the sweet fragrance of His blessing.

Merry Christmas.

Click to open music in a mini-window Over my Shoulder.Mp3 (c) 2009 William Cushman (4:17 / 6.0Mb)
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Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Woman


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We are expecting again and couldn't be happier!

Several years ago, when my wife, Shannon was going through an especially heartbreaking miscarriage, I wrote a song for her. The simple act of recording this song helped her to heal and move past the pain. It is a song that could apply to any woman going through a rough time in their life. As a man, there is so much that I could not relate to.. but one thing I do understand is that our belief in God's will in our lives is stronger than anything this world can throw at us.

The site that is shown above is an amazing resource for families that have lost a child. All of my music is available for use for any NILMDTS photographer without having to ask permission.

The music is listed below.. and special thanks to Todd Roberson who played electric guitar on this track.
Click to open music in a mini-window A Woman.Mp3 (c) 2009 William Cushman (2:50 / 3.3Mb)
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