Author:Malcolm Gordon

When Matt and I were nearing the end of the vocal recording sessions for the new album, we reached the point where Matt began ‘comping’ the vocal takes together to create the final version. He was working away with his trusty studio headphones so I didn’t have to listen to 9 different takes of the same two and half word phrase as he searched for the perfect (/best) version. After a while he had enough...

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So I've been thinking. Why does Jesus do most of his theology in stories while the rest of us write it in a style as unfathomable as a car manual (and often with a comparable level of excitement)? I don't know the answer to this question, except to suggest that Jesus was much, much better at it than we are. Not to be deterred however, I have given it a go. A parable. There was a man who...

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So a while back - we put a funding application in to the Presbyterian Foundation - which funds projects within the PCANZ. We asked for a chunk of money to help complete my new album (mine, as in Malcolm Gordon's) and Benji Carey-Smith's debut album. Benji hails from Dunedin and is now based in Hawke's Bay, studying at Bible College. He's been writing songs for years as part of the Flagstaff Community Church in Dunedin -...

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Here's a song from my 2008 album, One Voice (which you can get here). My friend Sally needs the lyrics for this song for tomorrow's church service over in Hawke's Bay - so I thought I'd make flick them up for everyone. Enjoy.  03 New Kind of Day A new kind of day – Malcolm Gordon 2007 Gone are the days when summer brought uninterrupted warmth And you could count on that for sure While our land drowns...

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After summer soccer tonight, I'm jumping in the car for a late night trip to Auckland. We're starting the vocal sessions for the new album tomorrow morning. I've found myself getting steadily excited about this over the last few days. For starters, this will be my first opportunity to hear the instrumental tracks in a nearly complete form. When I left Auckland 6 weeks ago, we'd tracked most things, but they were in a pretty rough...

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Today is my son, Sam's second birthday. As you can see, I've taught him how to smile. At the moment, he's at Mainly Music with Ness - no doubt enjoying being the centre of attention and hearing his fair share of 'Hasn't time flown by'-type comments. This year hasn't been a great one, but today is a great day. Sam is an unmitigated blessing  - still full of wonder and delight. Admittedly he seems to be...

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So a week ago I was just emerging from my 13 hour ‘recovery sleep’ after GA12. Ever since I’ve been meaning to post some reflections on what was an incredibly fulfilling and infuriating experience! Let me say that I have been deeply humbled by the wonderful feedback to the worship times we led at Assembly. Here are a few of my favourite comments: ‘...

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We're nearing the end of our two weeks in the studio. We are woefully behind schedule. We're going to have to book another week sometime soon to do the lead vocals and backing vocals - so this last week has been spent getting all the instrumentation done. Last Saturday, we had a full day over in the Waitakere Ranges recording drums with Evan Cooper. It looked like this...

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So every couple of years, I record an album. Recording an album is a lot different to playing a live show. When you play live, you're creating a song in that infinitely accessible but infinitely illusive space called, 'the present.' But when you record a song, you're trying to make it for a future date, in fact ALL future dates - so that it can stand up to repeat listenings and scrutiny. For example, having owned...

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