Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beyond

Originally Posted 1/1/08

(c) 2007 William Cushman 10:38 

You know, one of the strangest life lessons that I need to learn and re-learn, is how small we truly are.

I wrote this meandering piano piece while trying to reach out with my mind and think about the vastness of the universe.

I mean, how weird is it to be taught our entire lives that if we apply ourselves hard enough that we can accomplish anything... only to come to the final realization that I have such a small relevance to anything in comparison to the size of this incredible universe.

And how wonderful is it to know that regardless of my size or relevance, that the One who created it all, still loves me, just for me. It is impossible to refute and it is so simple.

It's never been about me... life is beyond anyone's understanding...

"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible..."(Colossians 1:16)
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Puzzle Piece


Kids are awesome.

As a father, I find myself having to adjust almost everything I do in order to accommodate their sweet interaction in my life.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Like so many of my other compositions, this is simply a reflection of my mood at the moment.  It's a bit rough and "buzzy" because it's on my iPhone, and I didn't post it before, because it's not polished, but it brings me joy, and hopefully it will bring you joy to see how my daughter acts while I'm playing.  This is very normal for me.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Without Him

I recorded this back in 2013 on my iPhone but never posted it because the audio was messed up and buzzes too much.  I'm sure there's a way to fix it, but I don't know how, so please bear with me.

This is the old Hymn "Without Him", written in 1961 by Mylon LeFevre when he was 17 years old in the Army.  Elvis happened to hear it and make it popular.

I have the wonderful privilege of being the pianist and music director at Orange Heights Baptist Church, in Florida and periodically the congregation gets to sing this song.

I just love it.  The message behind the words are so true.  And the melody just makes me smile.




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Friday, September 04, 2015

Drifting Part Three


Here is the third and final "Drifting piece".  I love this painting of the paper crane by Ariel Deandrea.  Of course, (I'm a bit biased, since she is my cousin.)

As always, this music is very spiritual for me.  I hope it is the same for you.

God bless.


(c) 2014 William Cushman (4:10)



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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.

Drifting Part2.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman

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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.

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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.

Drifting.Mp3 (c) 2012 William Cushman (3:48)

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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.

Heartache.Mp3 (c) 2010 William Cushman (4:05)

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