1 vs. 400

About a year and a half ago we had a request at church to do a service on the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. This was excellent, because we creative types who have to keep providing original content day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, well we love suggestions. Sometimes hearing what other people want to hear from you can really get the juices flowing. So if you have ideas for new blog posts, send ’em my way!

Anyway, we decided to do this thing and I, as minister of music, went looking for a song to sing. Now of course we have an entire oratorio called Elijah which takes on this story, and I have sung from it many times, but for some reason I didn’t want to go the classical route. I was envisioning this tale as more of a “One man… One mission…When all odds were against him, this prophet came back to clean up his town…” kind of story. It was like a classic spy/adventure movie, complete with pyrotechnics at the end! It needed a cooler song. So I wrote one.

I had this idea of me singing along with just this running bass line which I had come up with, so I asked my friend Daikon Murmurs to come in and play it with me. It was a huge success, at least in my mind, and the only thing it needed now was a cool video with one person fighting a bunch of other people. This sounded like something that teenagers would be interested in. A call to cameraman Mosh Germers and we were ready to shoot some epic battle scenes.

Mosh helped us film this video about a year ago and then, due to some technical difficulties, couldn’t get any of the footage off of the camera for a long, long time. But we’ve got it now! We’re finally able to debut this cool new video of teenagers fighting each other, set to an original song that I wrote! So I thought you might be interested in seeing it. It stars me and Daikon as “The Band,” and a bunch of youthful persons as “Everyone Else.” Enjoy at your leisure.

Posted in Church, Music, Oratorio, Religion, Song, Tenor Tuesday, Video.


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