We thank Thee, Lord, for life and breath, Provided us so free; For at Thy hand we live and move— Our all must come from Thee.
Refrain: We thank Thee, blessed Master, With mortal tongue below; But when we gain that heav’nly plane, Eternal thanks shall flow.
For food, dear Lord, we raise to Thee Our song of thankful praise— For giving us that living bread Which gladdens all our days.
We thank Thee, Lord, for raiment, too, For slumber in the night, For clothing our immortal souls In shining robes of white.
We thank Thee, Lord, for Thy dear Son, For Thy unfailing grace; We thank Thee for the hope to see Our Savior face to face.
In this video from my Unadorned Trumpet Hymn series, I present to you a hymn that I had never heard before. We are publishing more of these lesser known hymns on purpose. I found a new website, timelesstruths.org, and we are exploring many of the hymns there.
Not only does the Bible teach us about the benefits of thankfulness in our daily lives, but now science seems to be finally catching up. There are a great number of medical and scientific researches that say what the Bible has been saying all along.
I refuse to use words here like “validate”, “prove” or “confirm” because those words put the authority in the hands of the scientists. Instead, I recognize the authority God has over all of His creation.
I was speaking to a friend not long ago who is struggling with living a life of gratitude. He told me that it’s easy for me to have gratitude, because of all I have. And I just couldn’t help thinking that this friend of mine actually HAS a lot more than I do.
We need to be very careful about thinking that gratitude only happens after we get something we want. It actually works the other way around. An ungrateful person is never satisfied.
Good morning everyone. This week’s Trumpet Q & A will answer a question from Wendell about the daily routines. Wendell would like to know the top ten ways that people get my method wrong. So we will talk about that for some time in today’s Q & A.
In this video I discuss the circumstances that lead to me becoming a book publisher. I’ve been self-publishing my trumpet books since 1990 and currently have dozens of books published. With five new ones coming out this year.
In the video I point out that I am not a likely candidate for being a successful trumpet book publisher. That’s what makes this story interesting and worth sharing. I am not the kind of person that should be able to sell any books at all.
And yet, we sell books all over the world with a steady stream of sales that continues to grow.
I said in the video that I consider this one of the miracles in my life. God has blessed me with more than my share of miracles, and “book sales” is one of them.
Getting Caught Up
This Behind the Wheel video is from a few months ago. We are posting two of these per week in order to get caught up. The regular Wednesday post is the more current one. The Thursday posts are the older ones that I did over the summer.
I’m not a sell-out. I’ve never seen myself that way. And as I point out in the video, I don’t think many people see me that way either. But some people have.
I’m not alone. People called Aaron Copland a sell-out. They called Sergei Rachmaninoff a sell-out.
I think the term is most typically used when someone is successful. If a musician experiences success and people like his music, then that person is deemed a “sell-out” by the people who believe that they remained more loyal to the art. They reason that anyone who writes or performs music that the masses enjoy, that person must not be as loyal to the music.
As many of you know, I am extremely opposed to the notion of “loving music”. I do NOT love music. I do NOT perform or compose or teach music out of a love for it that so many other people profess.
No, I LOVE God. I LOVE people.
Music is a medium through which I express my love for God and my neighbor.
Maybe in some people’s eyes (those who hate God and hate their neighbors?) that is precisely what makes me a sell-out.
This is the topic of the video. Does it make me a sell-out if I use my music to express love for God and my neighbor?
Here’s another intermediate level trumpet play-along for you to enjoy.
We are getting a LOT of great feedback about these play-along videos. People all over the world are using them to improve their sight reading and their chops.
Improve your Chops with Play-Alongs?
These are trumpet chamber music compositions. They tend to be more physically demanding than bend or orchestra pieces. As a general rule, the smaller the ensemble, the more chops it takes to play the music. So yes, playing through these videos can do a lot to help you with endurance.
How did I figure this out?
The first time I sat down to test the play list to make sure it was working correctly, I decided to play through the entire play list. It was delightfully difficult. I found myself hoping the adds between the pieces would be longer. 🙂
So yeah, the play list is difficult enough to give me a run for my money.
So, I made a decision a couple weeks ago to include this blog in the process of my video creation work flow.
Yes, I’m one of those geeks who uses a workflow to get my stuff done. 🙂
I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now and I already had a plan to incorporate the blog into one type of my videos. But now this new idea hit me. You see, the problem I was facing was how to publish both in a way that would avoid issues. Scheduling these blogs and the videos to publish simultaneously has too many risks.
By the way, I rarely just post stuff on either the blog or on youtube. I usually schedule things to post when it makes the best sense to do so. Blogs and Youtube both have built in scheduling features.
Anyway, my solution to the problem is to post the videos a week before I post them here on the blog. That way I can iron out any issues that might arise after I post the video.
So there you have it. I never intended to let this blog go the way I have. Now there is a plan to consolidate the work into one single project.
And just so you know, I am going to publish this one right now, just because it makes sense to do that. 🙂
Actually, I don’t even know how many of you are still paying attention anymore. I hope I haven’t lost all of you at this point.
Hello everyone, here’s the link for this week’s Trumpet Q & A live stream. Sorry for neglecting this blog. I’ve got some ideas that will sort of spread the effort more evenly, but until then, this live stream is a great way to stay connected with what’s going on in Tiger Music land. 🙂