Song Ideas on Piano – Autumn Leaves

Piano Idea

Piano Idea – Autumn Leaves

Work on my current album (Working Title: S K E L E T O N S) has hit its first major milestone – which is that the song creation phase for all the songs to be included in the release are completed in structure, have been written down and charted out for other musicians to collaborate on the performances.  This doesn’t mean that while working on the next phases – recording, mixing, mastering, publishing and promoting, that new ideas don’t continue to flow.

Autumn Leaves (a working title based on the shadow-play on the keyboard when I recorded the video) is an idea I’ve been casually playing around with for a while.  Most songs I write on piano have a bit to do with where my hands fall on the keyboard.  Not very musically academic I know, but this also happens to please my ears as well…  I never feel too beholden to stick to any one kind of song structure, but this one will most likely be a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus arrangement.

In any case, enjoy the song in its infancy.  I’ll post more on it as it develops.

Take Heart Re-mixed (with lyrics)

Take Heart is now re-mixed and available to listen online over at SoundCloud.com:

Take Heart Lyrics:

Hurting hearts, can’t bear the pain
Tears are falling like the pouring rain

Harassed and helpless, one and all
In the darkness we stumble, we stumble and fall

On our breaking hearts, the world’s pleasures pull
While just One voice promises life to the full

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus our Lord!

And what shall we say to this message of the cross?
Foolishly obey – or forever wander lost?

And what shall we do with this precious gift of grace?
Love as we’ve been loved, or throw it back in his face?

Oh no! – oh oh – oh oh – oh

You’re pathetic.. Shut up! Loser! You’re a waste of space!   Why can’t you be more like your…  Just give up already!  Loser! I hate you!  You’re worthless!  You’ll never amount to anything… You’ll never change!

(Rap)

Women: Take heart! Take heart! – He has overcome the world!
Men:   Everyone born – of God – overcomes the world!
Hallelujah! Hal-le-lu-jah! He has overcome the world!

All: Take Heart!  Take Heart!  He has overcome the world!

New Recording Preview: His Name (Through August)

As part of the S K E L E T O N S project, I’m near complete with the first song.  I’ve re-recorded vocals, changed the arrangement, and re-mixed.  Please take a listen and share the link.  I would love to hear any comments as well!

I will be putting together a promotional video for the song as well within the next couple of weeks.

His Name is a worship song simple extolling the Biblical names of Jesus, the demonstration of His great character, and our natural response to it all.

Here are the lyrics:

Jesus,  His Name,  God with us,
He  came Emmanuel; to take away our shame

Savior,  Of mercy, You gave your  Gift for free.
How mighty is the power of your…

Spirit,  Holy,  Counselor – You came with power
Leading us into all truth

Mighty,  And fearsome,  With comfort,  And grace…
You lead us to the face of our… 

Father, Almighty, Mountains can you move,
With a  whisper do you prove
You are King of Kings; Lord of all who live

Father, Your children praising you in song,
Our hearts tenderly drawn
To Your faithfulness, grace and perfect love

Jesus, Spirit, Father, Our God
We will worship you now and ever more!  (x3)

Birth of a Song – Hot Like This

I have no idea where inspiration for songs come from. The timeliness is also interesting. This one came at 5:10am. I hear a fusion of latin, rock, and dance. The lyrics have to do loosely with Revelation 3:15. Generally the song would be about being a risk taker – even if it means failing big sometimes – either very cold, or very hot, but given the choice – I’d rather be HOT LIKE THIS!

Scrawlings at 5:10am

Scrawlings at 5:10am

Gonna be hot or gonna be cold?
Silky smooth or unrefined and bold?

Ain’t gonna be Mr. Luke Warm
Better to be the calm or be the storm

Whole-hearted and wildly miss
I’d rather hit the mark…
I’d rather be…
HOT LIKE THIS!
HOT LIKE THIS!

(The SharePoint paper is just a bonus…)

ACTS Online – Get Yours Now!

ACTS Cover Image

Cover art for the coming release of ACTS

In case you were not among the three people who launched the career of Ezra Skye by purchasing the ACTS EP – you can still be among the few who will in the future be able to say “I purchased Ezra Skye music before the sell out!” or “I was the fourth person to purchase Ezra Skye Music!” or “I purchased Ezra Skye music before it was good!”  How can anyone refuse such a seductive pitch?

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S K E L E T O N S

SKELETONSS K E L E T O N S is the name of the upcoming collection of song recordings by Ezra Skye.  The collection will include a variety of music ranging from the deeply introspective songs One More Time and Best of Me to unabashed rock and funk in Good Time and Gonna Do with a good helping of spiritual and inspirational songs in between.   Subscribe to the RSS Feed of this website, ‘Like’ the Ezra Skye Facebook Page, or follow Ezra Skye on Twitter to get all the news as this exciting collection of songs are created and recorded.  I will be posting news about the contributing artists and musicians, videos of the recording sessions, interviews, and will welcome all of your interactions along the way.  Oh, and of course, I will talk a little bit more about why the whole project is called S K E L E T O N S

New Song: Eagle Eyes (Because You Were There)

This is a song that was inspired by a video posted by the Eagle Eyes project at Boston College.

Having grown up with my older brother who has Cerebral Palsy, I was accustomed as far back as a pre-schooler with the physical limitations others could have.  I would often accompany my brother to physical therapy sessions and see other children who couldn’t move at all.  I believe it shaped my life in more ways than I may ever understand.   There were some children who could not speak, but beamed the widest smiles when they saw me.  I think these experiences laid a foundation in my life to always strive to take notice of that which most others overlook – and to give them special honor.  I couldn’t know at the time, but the Eagle Eyes video reminded me of how close I was, with my own parents and the parents of the disabled children, to the intense and special love of these parents – and how their smiles alone was always enough for me.

None of the parents expected the challenges, or the opportunities presented by their children, but I hope I capture in the gentleness of the music and the subtlety of the lyrics the love that has, and continues to transcend words for so many disabled children and their parents.

The short days of our lives
what riches realized
greater than that of a smile?

Take into your hands
This gift unexpected
So bright and so shining and so alive

The sum of all we do
what measures more true
than love expressed and known by you?
known by you…

The breath of a promise kept
Whispered and heard
Just because you were there…
Just because you were there

ACTS Release Date

ACTS Cover Image

Cover art for the coming release of ACTS

The ACTS EP was released on Sunday, April 6th, 2014.

ACTS is my debut release of recorded music.  For a full description of the project and the music, click here.

 This is the official Press Release:

April 08, 2014 — The composer and performer of ecclesiastic music known as Ezra Skye has released his latest EP album, “ACTS.” The record is comprised of five original songs for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been released on the AryxMedia record label. A partly traditional, partly contemporary collection of gospel songs, “ACTS” is a record clearly created with Christians around the world in mind, but with the chief aim of praising and pleasing the Christian God.

Ezra Skye is very direct in describing his intentions for “ACTS,” which he reveals to be an acronym standing for the latter four singles on the record.

“The whole work is intended to accompany prayer,” writes Skye. “ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication) is a means of praying similar to the structure of the Lord’s Prayer.”

The music is itself composed in such a way that each of these prayerful steps is reflected in the sound. Those unfamiliar with the Lord’s Prayer as described in the Biblical book of Matthew may find a faithfully rendered modern version in Skye’s “ACTS.”

“[Prayer starts] with a focus on God,” Skye writes, “hence Adoration having a big crescendo as all humanity joins in to worship Him. Then it moves to Confession – musically indicating darker tones, hinting at discord and a struggle with surrender and peace at the end. Thanksgiving unfolds with a joyful beat and a celebratory character. Finally there is Supplication – what one asks for of God in prayer – the first part being the request, hazy, not all fitting together (do we ever know what we really want?) and then the piano part being the answer – steady and consistent, if not a bit unpredictable, but with finality signified by the strings at the very end.”

As artistic influences Skye cites classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin and Supertramp, rock musicals, and classical music. Few attributes from these appear in his “ACTS” record, though certain drum beats do recall the steadiness of Supertramp and the up-tempos of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” That the album emphasizes Christ more than anything parallels Ezra Skye’s personal music history.

“I started playing guitar and bass in rock bands back in high school,” he recalls. “From there I played in a number of local working bands until I moved to New York City in 1989. Most of my music in the last 20 years has been in church, leading worship music and writing worship music and Christian songs in general.”

Skye’s official bio describes him as “a songwriter and composer of spiritually influenced music. With a background in musical theater, music and business college, years of experience with working bands and decades of worship music, Ezra Skye produces deeply thoughtful, joyful, and passionate music intended to inspire the listener.”

“ACTS” by Ezra Skye is available online worldwide beginning 6 April 2014.

ADD’L INFO:

“Acts” EP –

http://www.amazon.com/Acts-EP-Ezra-Skye/dp/B00J8DUNR0/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1396537545&sr=1-1&keywords=Ezra+Skye