Within the last century, Jesus appeared many times to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska with messages of His Divine Mercy. At Jesus’ insistence, Faustina had an image painted of Him. Here are a few:
Jesus also told Faustina to keep a diary. Keep in mind that she had only been educated up to a fourth grade level. This Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, contains all kinds of spiritual nuggets of wisdom; some of them from Jesus Himself! While reading it through with my wife for the second time, I was inspired to write a song containing some of the passages. I picked out eight sections and set them to music. A couple are direct quotes from Jesus.
There’s much more to learn and explore, so I recommend reading the Diary. Here’s the song:
This tune is the past meeting the present, in a sense. I wrote the music in 2009 at the tail end of the writing of the Revelation Now album with Save Your Nation. It was, then, entitled Brothers We. I was never happy with my vocals on that tune. They never sounded controlled and I cringed every time I heard myself. I even went back in 2015 and re-tracked the vocals and some of the guitars. The music was solid, but the vocals were still very much lacking. Today, I felt the need to revisit it for the sake of the music. I wrote new lyrics and a melody that will, hopefully, be much more palatable. I really enjoy what I’ve done thus far.
As an aside, I’ve been doing my civic duty on jury duty this week. It’s a criminal, not a civil, case. It has made me physically ill. This recording is me putting my best foot forward and wanting to really get my mind off the duties of the week. Click below to hear Heaven Around You. I hope you enjoy it.
I’ve been working on a new song that is a far cry from the Catholic Metal tunes. This one is pretty laid back with a very restrained vocal performance. I hope people will enjoy it. It is entitled Kingdom Come and may be heard by clicking the play button below. God Bless!
This meme is a good start as an introduction to this song. I like to do cover tunes once in awhile, although I have done so very infrequently in the past several years. I was listening to some Tori Amos recently and ran across this gem that was never done as a studio release. She only plays it live and it lends itself quite well in that venue. I figured I’d give it a shot and came up with this video. Enjoy!
In writing my latest song, Crushed, it took on a life of its own and became a powerful weapon against evil. The centerpiece of the song is the prayer below. Pray this often for the sake of the Kingdom and for your family. You will be blessed. If you’d like, hit the play button and pray it with me. Be advised that this song delivers a one-two battle punch to the face of evil and its style very much reflects a tone of spiritual warfare.
Prayer for Rebuking of Spirits
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Spirits of abortion, greed, idolatry, and malice
Spirits of injustice, pride, violence, and pornography
Spirits of blasphemy, irreverence, slander, and genocide
Spirits of lies, covetousness, euthanasia, and promiscuity
Spirits of adultery, artificial contraception, disobedience, and heresy
Spirits of gluttony, envy, lust, and incredulity
Spirits of scandal, lewdness, apostasy, and sacrilege
Spirits of war, fornication, immodesty, and homosexuality
Spirits of child, corporate, cyber, and drug abuse
Spirits of emotional, gay, human rights, and legal abuse
Spirits of liturgical, patient, personal, and physical abuse
Spirits of political, prisoner, psychological, and racial abuse
Spirits of religious, self, sexual, substance, and workplace abuse
Spirits of the sins of commission, omission, my youth, my age, my body, and my soul
Spirits of my idle sins
Spirits of my serious voluntary sins
Spirits of the sins that I know
Spirits of the sins that I do not know
Spirits of the sins I have hidden for so long, that they are now hidden from my memory
All spirits of division
In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke you and command you to go directly, immediately, and without doing any harm to the Eucharistic Presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ in the nearest Catholic Church for Jesus to dispose of as He chooses.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
The Old Testament has some good inspiration for metal music. This song is based on Psalm 117 (or 118, depending on your Bible) verses 10-14. Here’s the translation I was reading, which is very familiar to those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours:
All the nations encompassed me; in the name of the Lord I crushed them.
They encompassed me on every side; in the name of the Lord I crushed them.
They encompassed me like bees, they flared up like fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I crushed them.
I was hard pressed and was falling, but the Lord helped me.
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.
Chesty Puller (famous Marine), meet the Old Testament! Paraphrasing him in this song: “The enemy is in front of us, the enemy’s behind us, the enemy’s on either flank… we’ve got ’em right where we want ’em!”
In the midst of this song is a prayer for the rebuking of evil spirits. Pray it with me and you and your family will be blessed.
I got out a few video cameras today and shot a simple video for Unholy War. Lord willing, this song will be released on Catholic Metal‘s Praising Him Loudly: Volume IV. Here’s the video and the lyrics follow:
I spent seven years in Albuquerque and had the wonderful privilege of playing music with two lovely ladies. Marj played the upright bass and MK played guitar. All of us combined to make beautiful harmonies. We called our little trio Jerusalem Crickett. One day, we got together in the small back room of my house, which was a makeshift recording studio, and recorded 21 songs. It was all done live with no overdubs with the exception of two songs where I added mandolin after the fact. Now, many years later, I am remixing and remastering these recordings using much better computer tools than I had at the time. Hop on over to my Facebook page if you’d like to hear any of it. I may set up a Jerusalem Crickett webpage in the future just to be able to showcase the music in one convenient place.
Just playing around in the kitchen with an alternate tuning. This is what songwriting is like… family is usually around and you pick up snippets of conversation. The alternate tuning is from Tobias Rauscher’s “Still Awake.”
I decided it’s time to give the site a refresh as it had too many cobwebs. It was also cobbled together and didn’t look uniform. So, it has come to this… I’m trying something new. Hope it’s a little more pleasing to the eye and interactive.