How Can I Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Traditional, recorded January 2012 You can download the .mp3 here: HowCanIKeepFromSinging.mp3 My life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentation, I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation. No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. Since love is lord of heaven and earth how can I keep from singing? Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing, It sounds and echoes in my soul. How can I keep from singing? What though the tempest ‘round me roars, I hear the truth, it liveth. And though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth. This hymn is a personal anthem, and a favorite of my Mom, and my friend Barb. When I got my new guitar (the incomparable Taylor 814ce) in the spring, I had promised that this would be the first song I would record with it. There are actually three guitar tracks, the most prevalent being finger picked in D, with a tamer finger picked track and a strum track, both played in C, capo 2. The thunder claps are re-used from the sound design for I Hate Hamlet – I always thought this tune needed foul weather in the background. The painting is called “The Woods,” and was painted in the summer of 2011. I thought the light in the distance an apt visual for this...
Design and Composition

Design and Composition

a presentation made to the Nepean Fine Arts League This presentation was originally run as a half day workshop for artists in the summer of 2010, but was stripped down to a one hour format that dropped discussion of a lot of design elements to focus on establishing dominance and harmony and using line effectively – with the emphasis on composition techniques. The Goal of Composition and Design is to create a desired effect in the viewer Some pieces “work” better than others A piece “works” when it creates an effect and has impact, draws the viewer in. Understanding how design techniques work enables us to employ them to create an effect The goal is a desired effect, not to “follow the rules” You can download the .pdf of the presentation. There are a ton of great tutorials on design principles and composition online. Google is your...