Edwin is the son of dear friends of mine, and I've loved his music for years. His brothers and sisters are all musical too, one or two study ballet, and some of them draw and sketch - they are all talented. One of them, Hermione, (also a songwriter) is featured, singing on this album.
And the album is just amazing. Edwin has put many of the Psalms to music, working with a gospel choir and others, and the result is both meditative and uplifting. It doesn't matter what your taste in music may be - the rhythms; the melodies; the harmonies; the music ... are all so compelling - there will definitely be something you like!
But don't take my word for it. You can listen here.
My personal favourite is track 11 'Stronghold' with 'Listen To My Cry' a strong second. The former originated as part of a musical Edwin created with Matilda Callaghan (a lovely girl, who died tragically at a very young age - you can find a little tribute to her here) back in 2004 I think, called "Rock of The Anointed" based on the story of David - which I was fortunate to go see - twice, at different venues. I may be wrong, but I think the beautiful track 'Have Mercy On Me' may have originated here too. I wait in hope for this musical to take it's place among the likes of "Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat" etc.. It has a job to do!
Most of us are fairly familiar with most Bible stories, but not everyone is aware of all the aspects of David's story - it is rich with passion, joy, love, praise, royalty, failure, evil, madness, witchcraft, ghosts, loss, regret, forgiveness, but most of all - faithfulness.
|The cast of "Rock Of The Anointed" |
(Photo Edwin Fawcett) Used with permission.
Edwin has just confirmed for me, that tracks 4, 7 and 11 on the album (I Love You Lord, Have Mercy On Me, and Stronghold) are from "Rock Of The Anointed".