We just started meeting about once a week (when time permitted) for practice sessions and at that time I don't think either of us thought of even playing in public let alone making a c.d. Our main motivation at that time was simply to practice and explore different styles of playing. Andy played mainly jazz style and I played mostly folk style guitar. I have learnt a great deal from Andy and from other musicians in our Church fellowship when I was occasionally invited to help in the various worship bands if a regular guitar player was unavailable.
Our main motivation for recording the c.d. is to raise money for our Church building fund and support other charities we have connections with.
We also felt that we would like to do something musically that we could feel proud of.
We’ve put together some of our favourite carols and songs; Played as instrumentals, arranged simply and mostly stripped back.
Christmas means different things to all of us. Excitement, presents, Christmas stocking, giving and sharing, family times, friends, happy times and sometimes deep sadness. Christmas trees, the Queen’s speech, office parties, even Top of the Pops……and Christmas carols and music - the soundtrack to Christmas. Building up like a crescendo becoming more and more frenetic as the ‘big day’ approaches. From every shop, in every street, café and meeting place we hear our ‘favourite’ songs and carols.
And then sometimes we press the pause button. That tune that sticks in our head, those words tumbling around our mind. Music has a way of doing that, of touching our emotions and throwing us off track. And perhaps in the business that can be Christmas this music may in some way be helping us to come closer to the underlining Christmas message. The enduring message of hope, love, joy and peace celebrated in the birth of Jesus Christ.