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The Day That Changed The World Album Cover

The music was written in April 2012 and is an attempt to deal with the events of that first Resurrection Day (the day often referred to as Easter Day) and takes us on a journey through the day from before the dawn through to the appearance of Jesus to those in the upper room that evening and then beyond to what that day means to the world.

1. THE CONQUERING DAWN: This is the prologue or introduction to the work. The music starts in a peaceful way but, gradually, an undercurrent of turmoil starts to rise through the music that demonstrates the battle against death. Finally the music “explodes” as Jesus conquers death, takes the victory and the resurrection takes place.

There are two ‘streams’ of music in the build up. In the one channel is the peace and tranquillity music which sets the original scene but after two times (the second with harmony to the melody) it slowly fades to oblivion, gradually losing its dominance. In the other channel the ‘turmoil stream’ starts very softly but builds up until in the final time through it is the only music left. The two streams then merge into one for the finale of the prologue when death is conquered and the stone is rolled away, freeing Jesus from the tomb and from death.

Both styles of music are contrasting but the same sequencing. The peace and tranquillity is dominated by the use of the pan pipe for both the melody and harmony and it has a soft electric piano chord set and a gentle drum track. In contrast, the turmoil stream uses a distorted guitar melody and chord set along with much harsher rock style drumming.

2. THE PREPARATION: The women rise early that Sunday morning to carry the prepared spices to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. There is a real air of sadness in this song as they are heading off for what they perceive as their final farewell to the one who has been their teacher and guide for the past few years as they have travelled with Jesus throughout Galilee and Israel.

3. ANGEL AT THE TOMB: The women arrive and are surprised that the stone has already been rolled away. An angel appears to them to tell them that Jesus is not there but that He has risen and that they need to tell the disciples. Confusion is the key word to describe the feelings of the women.

4. THE WONDERFUL NEWS: They hurry back to where the disciples are gathered and tell them what has happened but their news is received with much scepticism by the main group.

5. PETER AND JOHN AT THE TOMB: Peter and John, however, decide to check out what the women have told them and race off to the tomb to see for themselves. They arrive (John first) and Peter goes in first and sees that it is truly empty but that the clothes Jesus had been wrapped in were still there. John also sees the same when he enters. There is a special note that the clothes had not just fallen but were neatly folded.

6. THE FOLDED CLOTHES: In the ways of Jewish tradition, when the master of the house left the table he would do one of two things. If he was finished, the napkin would be scrunched up and thrown at the side of the place setting and the servants would know to clear away the table. If, however, he was to come back, the napkin was neatly folded and the servants would know that the master would return to the table.

7. JESUS AND MARY: Mary had followed (possibly with the other women) Peter and John back to the tomb. After the men had left (we are told that Mary stayed), Mary notes that two men, dressed in white, are sitting where Jesus had been laid. She challenges them about the whereabouts of His body. A voice from behind causes her to turn and, assuming this is the gardener, she asks where the body of Jesus has been taken. Only then is she allowed to see that this is Jesus. He consoles her and assures her of things to come now He is alive again. This is the first appearance of Jesus after His resurrection and it is interesting to note that it is to women and not to men that Jesus chooses this first appearance. Women may have not held any real importance in society at that time in history, but they held special importance to Jesus.

8. JESUS APPEARS TO PETER: This is an interesting appearance as it occupies just one verse (Luke 24:34) and we can only assume what may have occurred at this occasion. We are told that Peter was entrusted with the Keys of death/life and that part of this meeting could be for Jesus to take back those keys now that He had conquered death. All we can assume was that this was an encouragement and instruction meeting for Peter. All of this, however, is pure speculation and I decided that a pure instrumental track was needed so that no assumptions were passed on to others through what a vocal track may have conveyed. The music has contrast as the soothing voice of Jesus speaks (twice at first) then followed by two different music styles for Peter, endeavouring to show he must have been feeling.

9. ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS: Two of the disciples were returning to the small village of Emmaus just a short distance from Jerusalem. Understandably, they were deep in discussion about the events of the last three days. Jesus joins them in their walk, though they are not permitted to recognise Him. After having these two tell Him why they are so sad, Jesus takes them through all the scriptures that had pointed to these very events. Still they did not recognise Him. As it was on dusk when they arrived at Emmaus, the two disciples do the right thing and invite their new friend to stay the night as it was not safe to travel the roads at night. Jesus accepts their invitation.

10. JOY IN EMMAUS: As they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and blessed it and their eyes were opened. What joy must have flowed through their hearts in seeing their risen Lord. Jesus is removed from their sight but they are so filled with joy that they head straight back to Jerusalem to share their wonderful story.

11. HE IS ALIVE: They arrive to a room full of excited followers because here was just two more who had seen the risen Lord. As they shared their joy with one another, Jesus appears to the whole gathering, as further evidence of His resurrection. And what joy must have filled that room that night as they received His encouragement and blessing. What a day it had been.

12. THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: This finale simply gathers together the joy of then and now of the victory that Jesus had gained for all mankind when He rose and conquered death. The song is capable of standing alone but takes us beyond that first day and endeavours to show how special this day was to the world that was to follow. The feature of the song is its extended ending that brings about the blending of several different instruments that highlight the complexity and joy of what the Resurrection means to us.

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ORDER CD Number: SAPM2012006