The Gentle Wolves Set I – CD and Remastered Music Available

The Gentle Wolves, our not-so-ferocious house band, is happy to announce that Vols. I-III will soon be available in physical form. The Gentle Wolves Set I is a compilation of 18 songs that were released in 2011, plus a version of Were You There? that has not been released until now. All of the songs have been newly cleaned up and mastered.

Please go to the Gentle Wolves’ bandcamp page to purchase a physical copy of the 19 song CD, or to download all new mastered versions of the songs which have been so important to our Servant Church community over the past two years.

The Gentle Wolves – God of the Dead Remix (yes, you read that right)

Thanks to regular Gentle Wolves contributor Ben Wright for this remix of one of our favorite songs at Servant Church, God of the Dead.
Here’s a link to the mp3.
Below is the story behind the remix from our favorite Britt.
– The Gentle Wolf, Richard

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When I asked Richard if he wouldn’t mind me remixing a one of The Gentle Wolves songs, I was a little wary about what I was asking. After all, it would be a little cheeky to go up to Eric and request a transcript of his sermon so that I could rewrite it for a future Sunday!

A remix can be a creative reimagining or a lazy episode in recycling.
Some remixes are very good – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyUrH_IOgqI, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfqktBLDjPU

Some, not so much – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utgx3J1j1Nk

The Gentle Wolves recordings are wonderful and my aim with remixing God of the Dead was certainly not to ‘improve’ upon it. Instead, I wanted to rethink it, while staying true to both the song and the point of the song.

When a song is produced, musicians and singers are recorded – the resulting ‘stems’ are then mixed and then saved as an MP3. Technically, the remix is very simple – Richard sent me the stems and I mixed them differently. I also added a few instruments on a keyboard (some trumpets near the end, some synth sounds and a drum loop) and used a few effects (like echoes and panning.)

I wanted to reimagine the song with an emphasis on ambience and meditation. I think those attributes really come out with synths and loops – there’s something quite celtic about electronica music and I hope that churches will see begin to see it more as a valid and feasible style for church music.

To me, creating Church Music is about creating songs – and styles – that we can sing congregationally. One of the reasons I love old hymns is because of how singable they are. Simple tunes suit the live set ups, acoustic instruments (Guitars, Drums, pianos…) and volunteer involvement that the musical life of a faith community should be defined by. I think that it’s getting easier and easier for volunteers to perform with electronic instruments live (loops, pads, samples etc…) Therefore, I hope it’s a possibility we explore more in the future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the remix!

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Sound Persons Needed

Friends! Since our worship space is changing rapidly the Gentle Wolves, our house band, need some help running sound on Sunday mornings. You don’t have to be a sound whiz to help! All we need is for you to be a) willing to learn the basics, and b) willing to show up a little early on Sunday mornings (9:30). Email Richard if you are interested.

The Gentle Wolves Vol. 2: Track 8 – All Things New

Today’s song:
All Things New
Words and Music: Seth Woods, 2008.

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This is the final track of Vol. II from us Gentle Wolves.  This is one of my favorite songs.  This is also, for now, the last of Seth Woods’ precious songs that Servant Church uses regularly.  It is so simple, and can be oh so powerful.  Thank you Seth for your incredible singing spirit.

Look for the bandcamp.com collection of Vol. II in the next week.
Also, look for Vol. III in two weeks which will be 3 songs for advent.

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The Gentle Wolves Vol. 2: Track 7 – Amazing Grace

Today’s song:
Amazing Grace
Words: John Newton, 1779.
Music:  James P. Car­rell and Da­vid S. Clay­ton, 1831.

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Amazing Grace is the most popular Christian hymn of all time, as well as one of the most popular songs in general.  There’s not much to say about this song that hasn’t been said better elsewhere.  This is our humble Gentle Wolves take on it.

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