Saturday, June 17, 2017

Song of Destiny



"Song of Destiny" is a classical crossover song I wrote some years ago. I had watched a Josh Groban concert on TV, and was inspired to write something in that vein. I wanted something to inspire and uplift, a melody that built up into a crescendo. This is what I came up with.

I had tried several producers, and no one could quite get the vision of what I was going for. At one point I had almost given up - but that would have been working against the spirit of the song. It wasnt until I met Solomon Sparrow, who happened to be a seasoned musician, and worshiper, that I was able to completely birth this song out.

"Song of Destiny" is a clarion call to overcoming every obstacle life throws our way. We rise, we soar, we dominate!

It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major digital music outlets

UNOFFICIAL EP release




I wasn't planning on releasing this EP; I had recorded the FREE music to share, but in the last minute decided to add the 3 FREE songs to my acapella arrangement of "God Rest Ye/O Come Emmanuel". With the vision I had, I explored the various music outlets out there, and Bandcamp turned out to be the best one to use to make an unofficial release.

Visit Bandcamp to stream and download the entire EP.


CDs also available


UNOFFICIAL is exactly what it is - an UNOFFICIAL release of music. It is me sharing my demo EP of an original arrangement of "God rest ye merry/O Come Emmanuel", plus 3 FREE additional covers in original interpretations.
Released May 25, 2017
 
1. Releases Me - A cover and remake of "Seduces Me" by Celine Dion. Produced by Javon 
2. Searching - A cover of "Searching for Love" by Bebe Winans Produced by David Scott 
3. Dear God - A remake of "Dear God" from The Color Purple. Arrangement and Backup vocals by Kenneth Tamara, Music by Matthew Porter Produced by Chris Rafetto 
4. God rest ye merry/O Come Emmanuel All vocals by Kenneth Tamara Arrangement by Kenneth Tamara Produced by Matthew Porter

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Psalm 23



I was reading Psalm 23 from The Voice bible translation, and some specific verses leaped out differently to me. So here's me sharing what it spoke to me.


He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name (Verse 3)

He does the soothing of your fears. You don't have to psyche yourself, or do some mental trick, or emotional regime. You simply depend on Him to soothe whatever fear that's plaguing you.
He makes you whole again. Any area of your life where you are or feel less than, he infuses wholeness.
He steers you off that tired path of life, that path that's full of hardship, and weariness. He does the steering, especially when you are tired and helpless with making the difficult adult decisions of life.

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance; I am comforted (Verse 4)

Even when Murphy's Law starts happening, and everything that can go wrong goes wrong, and there's no glimmer of hope in sight......even then, you are not overcome by fear. Why? Because YOU KNOW He is there even in those moments. And because in His presence is protection and guidance, why should you fear? Instead, you should be comforted, because you ARE comforted

You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace (Verse 5)

Smack in the middle of hell's attack on your life, He gives you provisions. Every need you have is cared for. His oil of anointing is flowing in your life. Not just flowing, but overflowing and running over. This is the truth. You must therefore stir up that oil of anointing in your life for it to flow, fill your life, and overflow into the lives of people and situations you're connected with.


Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever (Verse 6)

Ha! Faithful protection - meaning the protection is committed to keeping you safe. Loving provision - meaning a sense of providence that's looking out for you, better than you can for yourself. These two are not only with you, but eagerly pursuing you everywhere you go. You are never ever without these two. Hallelujah! And because of that, you will forever dwell in His presence, in His habitation, and in His dwelling!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My thoughts on Eddie Long


I told myself I wasn't going to talk about Eddie Long, because i respect the anointing that was on his life, even though I didn't agree with some of his ways. But the bible did not whitewash David, Saul, Samson, Jonah, etcs issues. It did not deny and repress them. It stated them, without condemnation. So we should be able to address the discrepancies regarding Eddie Long with integrity. Just sweeping them under the carpet and pretending they never existed is the same culture that enables predators, molesters, and even rapists to thrive on the pulpit (not that Eddie Long was any of these)
I am a rape survivor, and my violators ARE active in church and have never admitted their crime. It is this same culture of denying whats in your face that makes it flourish.
Again: I AM NOT CONDEMNING OR VILIFYING EDDIE LONG! He was human with flaws, and anointed. But he had discrepancies in his life that contradicted his anti gay stance. If only he had been real about it. Unfortunately, being real about it would have been ministry suicide, so the apparent viable option was denial, repression, and a vehement attack on the very things he had a proclivity to. Sigh!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Releases Me" - new song



Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion are a few of the great singers out there I listened to in my younger years. One particular song of Celine Dion, "Seduces Me", has been one I sung for years. So I decided to remake it. I took the liberty of changing the lyrics to reflect my heart and conviction.

Disclaimer: I do not own the copyright.

Below is a lyric video to the song


Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!!!!


Have a very Merry Christmas. I have always loved and sung "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel" as a child. So I figured I would do a medley of both of them, and interpret it my own way.  The arrangement and all the vocal harmonies are by yours truly, 😃. My friend, Matthew "Patrick P" Porter helped me with production and additional vocal arrangements. Shalom!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

African Fruits and Seeds

There are some African fruits that most Africans have no idea what the English names are. So here's a breakdown of some of them


AGBALUMO
(Colloquially it is called African Cherry, but the name is actually White Star Apple, or Chrysophyllum Albidum if you want to be technical)




SOURSOP
(This seems to be the accepted name, though some call it Brazilian Pawpaw, or Thorny Mango)

OGBONO
(The seed of Wild Mango, African Mango, or Bush Mango. Also known as Irvingia Gabonensis)




EBELEBO
(Country Almond, Indian Almond, Tropical Almond. Also known as Terminalia Catappa)


These are the ones I can remember. Anybody remember more to add?


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