I Met Tazia Rochelle May when she was 14 at church summer camp. I was 19. She had a spark of life in her. A few years later, when our paths crossed again she was 16, full of rock n’ roll energy and teen angst. I wrote Come To The Mountain, Long Division, and T.M.S. (Tazia May Song) about and for her. We stayed in touch over the years. Sadly she died last week. When I heard she passed this song met my tears. Tazia you will be missed. May Your Memory Be Eternal May your memory be eternal* may your future be your best May the pain that you’ve suffered cause you no further distress May the God of “Our Father”* put your demons to rest May love replace longing, may you be fully blessed May you have a light in the darkest of times (x2) May your memory be eternal please know we miss you May the peace you were seeking, no longer elude May the God of “Our Father” surround and undo The damages of this life, May you know be renewed May you have a light in the darkness In the loneliest of times When all …
“Old Guitar” is a love song about my guitar and dedicated to the artists who bring hope to others through creativity. The track was mixed by Grammy winner Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave) after I won a contest he ran to help artists effected by Covid 19. Thanks Marc!
Mockingbird wrote a lovely in-depth, article about the video for “Making Repairs”. “Early on in the video, the songwriter is seen carrying around a wagon of his belongings including a neglected iPod (“I thought it would fix me, but I haven’t plugged it in in two years,” he confesses to God) as well as his guitar. As he hauls the wagon across farmland and goat pastures, it feels like it’s a cross to bear. It is an apt illustration for the often lonely life of a touring musician, let alone a Christian broken on the wheel of enoughness.” Please check out the article or watch the video above.
Hands Held Together by Good Saint Nathanael. This is my first “new songs” since Hide No Truth. Film via Social Distancing in Kansas City, MO’s Swope Park as an entry in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You can purchase the track on bandcamp. Video by Kerry Burrow http://www.kerryburrowphotography.com Audio Capture by Two Hue Creative http://www.twohuecreative.com Pink Painted Tree by Dylan Mortimer http://www.dylanmortimer.com/ https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2018-08-17/for-one-kansas-city-artist-open-spaces-means-extra-room-to-breathe Notes about the new song and video: Tessa only agreed to let me film this if we were outside, socially distancing. As parents, it’s been particularly hard to explain why we can’t go to playgrounds because of coronavirus. Rest assured, this is not just about going out to swing but rather about loss & connection. Some songs take years to develop. This is one of them. 2015. I wrote some of these lines. 2018. I took the track to a songwriting panel at Folk Alliance International where Tom Paxton and others have me critical feedback. 2020. The song returned around January when I was contemplating my core motivations as a musician. Lastly, the chorus tumbled out after a therapy session right before covid19 swept the nation. Life and limb I’d give for a friend I’d take a …
Watch the intriguing music Good Saint Nathanael’s song “Lightning.” Filmed in the tiny stone Pilgrim Chapel, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, the viewer is privy to the anguish of one whose leaders have left him devastated but eventually acknowledges his own capacity for failure. But this is Nate Allen, so there are hilarious moments in the video too. Lightning is indicative of the emotions and hope expressed in the Good Saint Nathanael debut album, Hide No Truth, which is available now. You can purchase Hide No Truth or Lightning in our webstore anywhere you get your digital music. The Lightning Music Video was filmed and edited by Jessie Van Der Vyver and Two Hue Creative. Please watch and share the video with someone who you think would appreciate it!
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