Influences: Bluegrass, folk and roots music, Mainline church hymnody.
I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ, a denomination on the liberal side of things (not Church of Christ) and have been putting together bluegrass music and progressive theology to make songs that regular people can sing, both in terms of the tune and in terms of what it's saying.
I play mandolin, guitar, piano, and have been learning upright bass in the last 6 months. This is my second year doing FAWM and this year I'm coming in prepared with some ideas I want to work on and excited to be a winner with all y'all. Let's get writing 😀
Thanks for your comment on my tune "February 7!" I was certainly channeling some Nick Drake or maybe Iron & Wine in that song.
Hey... I left a message on your soundcloud email account.
And of course you’re also a UCC pastor: that’s the denomination I was last a part of before moving.
Consider yourself watchlisted 🎩
Hi @erbaer! Good to meet you! I'm also open to doing either music or lyrics. I play guitar, piano, mandolin, some upright bass, and I do harmonies too, but mostly in a bluegrass style. I can do lyrics or music too, but maybe am a little more comfortable doing lyrics, but then it's easier to start with a tune and put lyrics to it, oh whatever.
I had like the very beginning of an idea the other day - maybe we can work from this?
What carries more grace?
The stones in their stalwart constancy,
still and nearly eternal?
Or the leaves in their one
We pile them and throw them again
but it is that first falling
pulled by wind or rain
or simply in the still silence
the faintest release
into the waiting air.
Obviously, no rhyming here and I can't imagine what kind of tune it could use, but one idea anyway. Looking forward to working together!
Hey there. I'm Eric and we're random collaboration partners. I think it's up to us to determine the way this will work. I am comfortable writing lyrics as well as putting them to music. I play guitar and bass and a tiny bit of banjo. I like singing harmonies. Happy first day of FAWM!