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Release Date: 20th April, 2014
A rock musical based on the Gospel of Luke.
The 20th April, 1973 will always be an extremely special day, for it
was on that day that THE SON was written.
However, let’s step back a little in time from this point to see what
actually led up to this day.
It is 1973 and musicals such as Superstar and Godspell were around but
they lacked in certain areas. Superstar was a non-Christian
view of the Gospel story that really missed the mark. Godspell, on the
other hand, was reasonably on target but was far too short.
I was well and truly into my music and was really starting ‘boil’ in my
spiritual development and growth. I was actively involved with a band
at the time and was also experimenting with special youth services to
further the youth work I was actively involved with in the church. The
band had really sharpened my music, both in playing as well as writing
music for the band. There was also a desire in the back of my mind to
write something with substance.
As 1973 moved further on, I became aware, within myself, that all of
the creative desires I had, along with my other needs, could be met in
a Christian musical that really told the Gospel Story from a truly
Christian perspective. I began to open myself to that thought.
Around the beginning of April I felt that something was in the air and,
as Easter drew closer, I became aware that the time was upon me. In the
week leading up to Easter I started to put all external music out of my
head. The band practiced two nights a week but after the Tuesday night
practice, we decided not to practice again that week, as we had no
bookings over the Easter (the first weekend in many months). I then
decided not to listen to radio or watch TV for the rest of the week, so
that my head was really clear (for someone like me who listened
constantly to music, this was quite an experience). On the Thursday
night I set up the room in my house that I used as a music room, having
brought all my gear back from the hall where we practiced (we had a
room in which to store all our band equipment).
Good Friday dawned and I knew it was on. I even decided not to go to
the Good Friday Service.
At 10am that morning I entered my music room and the experience that
followed was indescribable. From that time until 2am next morning
I prayed, wrote, arranged and recorded (using a multitrack
reel to reel tape recorder I owned). I had followed Luke’s Gospel (for
some reason I really like Luke and the way he wrote). The last bit of
arranging and recording done, I collapsed into bed. Unsure of what I
had done because I actually hadn’t listened to any of the finished
It was nearly 11am when I surfaced on Saturday and, after breakfast,
went back into the music room to listen to what I had created. What was
on that tape was roughly 90 minutes of music that really blew my mind.
I couldn’t believe what I had created but I knew it was very different.
Almost 40 years later (September, 2012), with much more knowledge and
behind me, I went back to the original recording and notes and began
the task of recording this properly. Only one song written then had
ever been used in my performances. When I began the task, it was my
sole intention to have the complete work released on the 20th April,
exactly 40 years after it had been written. What I thought was going to
be a straight forward task of transposing what had been
at the time, turned out to be a mammoth task that would take almost 18
months, due the often complex things that I da done in that frenzied
day of writing andd recording.
of releasing it, as originally hoped at the time of starting the
project, on the 40th anniversary of the writing, it has had to wait
until the 41st anniversary.
Songs that are on
the album are as follows. Click on the title to hear the individual
A02 The Promise Of John - The
A03 The Angel's Visit To Mary
A05 The Birth And Shepherds' Praise
A07 The Child And The Temple
A09 Behold, My Son
A10 Departure To The Wilderness
Temptations Of Jesus
The Dead/Hatred Of Jesus
B01 The Raising Of Lazarus
B02 The Annointing Of Jesus
B03 Jesus Riding On A Donkey
B04 Hosanna, King Of The Jews
B06 Scourging The Temple
B09 Last Supper Preparation
B10 In Rememberance Of Me
B14 March To The Crucifixion
B16 Removal Of The Body/Three Days
B19 The Appearances And Ascension
Downloading the album (44MB in size)
will give you all 17
songs of CD1 plus the CD Insert cover (actual size for printing) and a
file of the contents that will also fit in a CD case. The file is a
zipped file and will need to be unzipped.
Downloading the album (43MB in size)
will give you all 19 songs of CD2. The file is a
zipped file and will need to be unzipped.
ORDER CD Number: SAPM2014001