Over the past three months, the Senior Contemporary Music class has been writing and recording an EP as a final class project. We were initially planning to have 6 tracks that were chosen by the students at Christmas. Every student submitted an original piece and any of those songs could have been chosen for this album. I was blown away by the talent and creativity of the students in this class. You should all be proud of your talent and dedication to the project. Because in-class learning was suspended, we had to finish the recordings entirely through personal recordings and email. This process limited the album to 4 songs. I am amazed at the quality achieved through iPhone and GarageBand recordings. Jessie Wagler’s glockenspiel section for “Here I Am” was even taken from an iPhone video! Now, it was tough to think of a name for this EP; “Quarantunes” was a frontrunner for a long time, but it didn’t quite capture the essence of the music. Because of the distanced nature of this project and current social climate, I thought that an appropriate EP name would be “Remote Places”. Jesus often took time in solitude to draw closer to God in prayer. In times like these, we can draw closer to God, become inspired, and in turn give Him praise.
I challenged the class to write songs deeper than typical contemporary worship songs, which could pass as a modern love song if Jesus’ name was removed. The four songs on this album all proclaim a deep love for Christ, seeking to understand more about Him in creative and unique musical ways. The students succeeded in producing an impactful worship album in addition to demonstrating musical excellence. I am extremely proud of all the work the students poured into this project. I would be remiss if I did not thank Connor Murdock for his willingness to record tracks, adjust arrangements, and continually support me in this project. I also need to thank David Fairfield, the producer and sound engineer of this project. He has an unbelievable heart for ministry, as well as a passion for supporting and educating the next generation of musicians. His technical, musical, and creative abilities are next to none. I hope you enjoy this EP, and please find a way to encourage these students for all of the amazing work that they have done.
Mr. Elijah Francis