Standing at the Crossroads

I have once again been to the Haskell Praise Camp and Singing School.  Each year, I attempt to write a song, and this year I was happy enough with it to post it.  Here’s the credits:

  • Scripture: Jer 6:16
  • Lyrics: James Prather
  • Melody: Bryan Nix
  • A capella arrangement: Robert Nix
  • Singers: James Prather & Robert Nix (lead), Steve Smith & John Connel (tenor), Emily Pollastro (alto), Chris Pollastro (bass).
  • Click here to listen to the song!

You Are The Lord Who Sees Me

Every year in July I go to a church camp called Haskell Singing School.  In a nutshell, Singing School is a praise camp.  We sing all week long and learn about music, especially from an a cappella standpoint.  If you are curious about this place, I wrote this post a while back.  Each year I write a song, and this year (as well as last year) I collaborated with my good friends Bryan Nix and Robert Nix.  After I wrote the lyrics, I told Bryan that I wanted a contemporary-sounding feel, like what you would hear on the radio today.  The following is what we came up with, and I’m really happy with it.  Disclaimer: this was done entirely without the use of professional equipment. The credits for the following song are as follows:

  • Lyrics: James Prather
  • Melody: Bryan Nix
  • Original a cappella arrangement: Robert Nix
  • Instrumental Arrangement: Bryan Nix
  • Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals: Bryan Nix.
  • Percussion: Eduardo Diaz.
  • Acapella version: Robert Nix (all parts).

Listen to the song: My Eyes Are Forever On The Lord (instrumental) or My Eyes are Forever on the Lord (acapella).

This song is entirely rooted in scripture, so bonus points to anyone who can figure out where it’s from (there are at least 3 different places).  What do you think?

Peace,

James

Haskell Singing School – Not Your Typical Church Camp

I’m going to take a  break from my usual theological postings to post something a little different.  This post is dedicated to the Haskell Singing School, a church camp I have gone to every year for the past 14 years (with the exception of 2006 when I got my first job out of college and had no vacation time saved up – a sad year indeed).

Now you might be asking yourself: why would someone go to a church camp for 14 years?  Aren’t those camps just for kids?  It’s a good question.  Most church camps are for a certain age group.  For instance, when I was in 4th and 5th grade I went to Camp Impact at Oklahoma Christian University which is for that age range (funny enough, Erin, my wife, also went to that camp those years but we didn’t know each other).  Camp Impact was great fun but I wouldn’t want to keep going year after year.  The same is true for other camps that kids go to like Kadesh, Blue Haven, Cornerstone, Zenith, etc. You actually outgrow going to these camps because they are targeted to a specific age group and thus what you once might have gotten out of them you no longer can.

Singing School is different. How? Well let me explain…

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