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The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 6

Over the past month I have dived deeply back into jazz.

A good deal of the deep dive was aroused by my mentor Jason Smith's recent video playing "Four" by Miles Davis. But, most of the cause for the deeper study came from the Holy Spirit telling me to be a better steward of the gift of music that He's given me.

Do you have a God-given gift that you know you are not maximizing to it's full potential? Are you sitting on incredible ideas that only God could give you? Wait no more, take this post as confirmation: Practice, cultivate, and "study to show yourself approved..." (2 Timothy 2:15).

These conversations with God are what resulted in my very first video playing piano on YouTube.

I felt that even with all of my music training through college, I was only limiting the gift to Sunday mornings and songs that did not require nearly as extensive thought as the jazz tunes Jason would have me play during lessons. I was not pushing and challenging myself like I knew I should.

But, thank God for new chances.

In jazz, using various tools and techniques is essential for expression.

Yesterday I spent the evening with Jason after his choir rehearsal at Lovejoy Baptist Church in Rome, GA. We sat around the piano, shared chops, and discussed what we were working on. Then he played several tunes and broke down intricate uses of the blues scale, the minor scale, and altered scale harmony.

Jason finds ways to plug jazz techniques into Lovejoy's weekly worship services. I aspire to do the same. Furthermore, I applaud those who, like Jason does so intentionally, think outside the box and incorporate jazz into the worship of Christ. And one step further, my hat is off to those creative minds who dare take the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and tell of His greatness in an ALL-OUT jazz expression.

That is not an easy task. That is what maximizing a God-given gift looks and sounds like.

With a renewed passion for my craft, in celebration of great music, and in praise to God, I gladly present The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 6.

In case you missed the first 5 THOG.TAOJ.'s you can check them out below.

The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 5
The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 4
The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 3
The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 2
The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 1

Enjoy the music, lyrics, and the final product as God gets glory in America's Classical Music.

1. "Hallelujah Says it All"- Damien Sneed ft. Takesha Russell and Kenneth Whalum III

2. "Give Me Jesus"- Dynamic Praise

3. "Wade in the Water"- Eric Reed

4. "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me"- Pamela York

5. "Strange"- Ricky Dillard & New G

6. "Seek Ye First"- Special Blend


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