**UPDATE** This giveaway is extended through Sunday @10 pm CST. WOOT!
**AND** Jurgen is giving a special gift to everyone who leaves a comment so get those comments/tweets/FB likes in. You won't want to miss out!
I love great music - as you probably have noticed from my very eclectic daily song selection. Some of my favorite things to listen to are film scores, and I often picture scenes from the movies as I listen. Wow, music makes a movie come to life, doesn't it?
Jurgen has written the film scores for several Christian films like Standing Firm and The Penny. He truly knows how to bring a story to life through music - and how to TELL a story through music...without using a single word. "Reflections" is an instrumental CD that takes the listener on a journey to the Father's heart and it's terrific. I'll tell you how to win the CD at the end of the post, but first I thought I'd invite Jurgen to tell us a little about it in his own words: (Note: Jurgen was born in Germany but came to Texas asap...so be sure to read his answers with a slight German accent!)
Jurgen, what was your inspiration for writing the music for this album?
The main inspiration for the album series came from a desire to create music that could be used for healing specific areas in the listener’s life.
Music is a phenomenon that has no parallel. It can affect us in an instant. It can put us into a certain mood, or get us out of one. It has the ability to magnify our emotions. We can't escape its effect and often don't even notice when it happens. We love music, we also hate certain music. Those are emotional responses.
As a film composer, I observe how film music affects the viewer and tells them how they ought to feel about a film scene. I had a desire to create music that plays like a film, but instead of having the images pre-packaged and presented to the listener, I wanted to allow them to create their own story surrounding the music. Sort of like reading a good book where your mind paints the setting of the story.
The albums are designed to be used during quiet times of meditating on Scripture. I am trying to carve out time to write companion booklets to help the listener get started.
What do you hope the listener experiences through Reflections - The Father?
Each album in the series has a main theme, with the individual tracks addressing specific areas, allowing the Holy Spirit to point out certain aspects in the listener’s life. The first release titled “The Father” was born out of a desire to help reshape how we perceive God as a Father.
We often have blinders on when we approach God, shaped by experiences with father figures in our lives. Bad experiences tend to cause us to perceive God in a negative light and keep us captive to those emotions and perceptions.
While the music itself is not able to bring freedom and a new insight, the desire is for the listener to experience it by meditating on Scripture in conjunction with letting the music guide those emotional responses.
We have had wonderful reports of how the music is being used. There are massage therapists that play the music in their practice, while others pass the album to their friends who are hurting emotionally. We have a ladies group that frequently requests listening to the album in their prayer time. It is quite remarkable what the Lord has done so far.
Do you have a favorite scripture that comes to mind that goes along with the music?
Since each album has a theme, there are several passages in Scripture that are fitting. The listener is encouraged to study God’s Word based on the titles of the individual songs.
The experience in 1 Samuel 16:23 though is the most telling. Whenever Saul was troubled emotionally and spiritually, David’s music would bring relieve. The hope is that the music on these albums does the same to the listener, by assisting in the healing process.
What are some of your recent projects?
As a film composer, I have had the privilege of adding the musical signature to a growing number of Christian films. Among them is the extremely successful “Standing Firm” and other award winning feature and short films.
I also hope to get started on the next album in the “Reflections” series. A friend of ours suggested creating an album for those who have trouble sleeping at night, sort of lullaby music for adults. We’ll see where the Lord leads.
I'm giving away THREE Reflections CD's today. Here is how you can be entered to win:
1. Leave a comment. Simple! You'll be entered in the first drawing.
2. But wait! Double your chance to win by "liking" Jurgen's Facebook page. Now you'll be entered into a SECOND drawing for CD #2.
3. But wait there's more! Triple your chance to win by tweeting, using @JurgenBeck in your tweet. Now you'll be entered in a THIRD drawing for CD #3.
My favorite piece is #9....
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PS Jurgen has assured me that he can solve the slipper dilemma by me giving him gift card to a slipper store. Such German ingenuity!