MSS members make another recording
Making recorded music available for listeners has been an important aspect of the ministry of the MSS since its earliest days. Another CD is under development. This venture requires significant planning and effort.
Planning begins in 2013, when the 2014 MSS Schedule is prepared. Dates are allocated in the month of July for both instrumental and vocal recordings.
Then the leadership begins the process of determining the repertoire to be included, and the recording venue to be booked.
Rehearsal time in the weeks preceding the recording date is devoted to polishing the repertoire, and for this recording there is a full-day rehearsal Saturday in June, led by SL Chris Brindley from Brisbane City Temple, because three of his compositions are to feature on the CD.
The recording process begins with the MSS accompanist, guitarist and percussionist putting down the accompaniment for all of the CD tracks. This happens on the weekend preceding making the vocal recording.
Then the singers occupy the studio, session one being on Friday evening, 7pm to 10.30pm+. It takes a while to get the positioning of singers and microphones "right". It is a good feeling to get the first couple of songs "in the can" during session one. The people in the sound booth are demanding (and rightly so) and the microphones are unforgiving. Session two commences on Saturday at 10am, and this time it continues until 6.30pm+, with just a 30-minute lunch break.
A "first" for the MSS is the invitation to Chris Brindley to conduct his three compositions. We enjoy the opportunity to work with Chris, and it is a great responsibility to do justice to his creativity and inspiration, which leads to changes in one of the arrangements while in the recording studio. It also should be noted that the SL of the MSS, Brian Hogg, also has a gift for composition and arrangement, and we are privileged to regularly sing his work. Brian conducts the balance of the tracks for this CD.
We also appreciate the commitment of Wayne Collyer, who assists the technician in the sound booth throughout the recording process. Their "thumbs up" is a great relief to the singers as each track is completed.
When the singers complete their work there still is much to be done. Additional accompaniment is needed on some tracks, and the final versions of each track need to be signed off by our SL.
Then the CD can be printed and released.
Why produce a CD?
Each MSS recording is a time capsule of the repertoire of that period. It is interesting to note how styles and tastes change over the years. But that is not the main reason for so much effort going into this enterprise. Rather, we know that God speaks to the hearts of people through our recordings, and that makes all of our efforts worthwhile.
We believe that this latest recording will be no exception.