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For Mum

The latest song on my here, an acapella version of Psalm 23, was recorded for my Mum, who's in an old folks home because of dementia (she's 86 and Dad can't manage to look after her anymore). Music has always been a big part of Mum's life, especially church music of the traditional sort. For years she played piano for the Girls' and Boys' Brigades (uniformed church organisations), and she used to know the Presbyterian hymnbook backwards and forwards. Presbyterians here in Ireland have a great tradition of singing the Psalms unaccompanied, so I thought, what better way to jog her memory than this? There's also a version of the Aaronic blessing on here too. I hope you enjoy them as much as Mum seems to. David

New e-book

David has just published a new Kindle book, Science Fiction and Christianity. Are there any other Christian sci-fi fans out there? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Science-Fiction-Christianity-David-Ferguson-ebook/dp/B00I95TB62/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391635877&sr=1-1&keywords=David+J.+Ferguson

The Pursuit Of Holiness

I've just uploaded a new version of an old instrumental. It's a sort of trilogy beginning with a very mellow intro which showcases three different guitar sounds: acoustic, clean electric and overdrive. Then the tempo changes and we're into prog rock territory with time signature changes, then the whole thing resolves with a slow but strong build-up to a majestic fade-out.

The working title was "Out On The Moors" (hence the birdsong SFX) but I changed it because I wanted it to say more than that, and the way the shape of the song calls to mind the trinity pointed me in the direction of God, so I named it after the famous book "The Pursuit Of Holiness". Another reason the name seemed to fit is that holiness isn't an easy thing to pursue - sometimes things seem to be smooth and mellow, then they're turbulent, but ultimately they're glorious.

Kindle again!

My Kindle e-book "Twilight Dreams" will be available FREE on Amazon for 5 days from 30th March.

In this startling, off-the-wall collection of short stories, a hard-bitten atheist gets to play God, and finds it isn’t as easy as it looks… The legal owner of the world pays an unexpected visit, and no-one recognises him… A sensible, decent, middle-aged man who wouldn’t say boo to a goose decides that lying, cheating, stealing and killing are the logical things to do… A starship captain is ready to seek out new life and new civilisations – but finds they aren’t quite so keen to meet him… A time traveller finds he is destined to fall in love with Jane Austen - or is someone else’s freewill determining events?

If you like Ray Bradbury, the stories in this collection should be right up your street.

The link is here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twilight-Dreams-ebook/dp/B005H78378/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_4

New Song!

This is my version of the third Brandenburg concerto, first movement, by J.S. Bach. I wonder if anyone else out there was introduced to a piece of classical music in an unusual arrangement? I first heard this played on analogue synthesizer by Walter Carlos on his "Switched On To Bach" album. British listeners might be most familiar with it as the theme tune to the "Antiques Roadshow" programme on BBC. Carlos's synth version was later replaced by an authentic string ensemble. I preferred the synth... but I've been itching to do a rock version for years, and here it is at last!

KINDLE!

Good stories about the music business are few and far between... So I'm happy to tell you about a really good one - it's called BUZZ, and you'll find it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-J.-Ferguson/e/B005G2RSK2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Kindle books!

A wee message for my RN friends: Here's a link to my page on Amazon, where you can purchase Kindle versions of three of my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005G2RSK2 Note that I haven't released DVDs, CDs, or apparel! That's just Amazon covering all the bases!

My Other Music

I'm not happy with having had to edit "You Will Find It" in order to get it onto Reverbnation (RN has an upload limit of 8mb per song and this song is about 10.2 mb - it's about ten minutes long). So, what I've done is to upload the full version to Soundcloud, where I have some other long items. Those songs are a bit different from what I have on RN - there are excursions into prog rock and electronica, and lots of really mad extended guitar breaks... If you want to hear them, click here: http://soundcloud.com/mighty-ferg/sets/shut-your-facebook ...or follow the link on my RN profile.