Digital Release of Metamorphosis - Plus, My Vision for this Album!
Hello Friends! It has been months since I have last posted because we have been putting all the finishing touches on my album. I am now overjoyed to celebrate the digital release of Metamorphosis, a project that is very near and dear to my heart! It is now available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and CD Baby! To find my album on any of these networks, search “Jordan Gabriella Metamorphosis.”
I am also overjoyed to reveal my plan for the proceeds of this album. After I recover the $2,700 in production costs, I will distribute 50% of the profits equally between 5 nonprofits that have special meaning to me and are connected to my songs and my own life experiences, and I will dedicate the remaining 50% of sales to my future recording and musical endeavors. Here’s a brief look at nonprofits that will receive donations from sales:
Jake Cavanaugh Foundation This organization supported my friend Jonas Borchert and his family during his battle with Ewings Sarcoma. Because Fight the Fight is included in my album, I will contribute 10% of the album profits to the Cavanaugh Foundation in honor of Jonas.
Strong Missions, the Loaves and Fishes Ministry in Costa Rica. Last summer, I served with my church youth group in Costa Rica through Strong Missions and had a life changing experience serving the children and people of La Carpio. This experience is described in my song Free to Dream, so I will contribute 10% of the album profits to support this ongoing ministry to the inspiring people of La Carpio.
Lee’s Summit Christian Church Youth Missions. I’ve been a member of the Lee’s Summit Christian Church family all my life, and I am incredibly thankful for the worship and fellowship I’ve received there. My title track, Metamorphosis, describes the process of spiritual growth and was written specifically for a worship service led by my youth group, so 10% of the album profits will be contributed to my church’s youth missions. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to give back to the place where my faith has been formed.
Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC, the music therapy program. My song Dandelions celebrates the beauty of child-like perspectives on life. I wrote this song with the hope that children and their joyful viewpoints would become more valued and cherished. Because Children’s Mercy provided my own sister with critical care a decade ago, and because I believe in the healing power of music, I will donate 10% of the album proceeds to this hospital’s Music Therapy program.
Reach Out and Read, KC. For the fifth and final 10% that will be donated to special causes, I plan to change the nonprofit recipient over time to benefit unforeseen needs in the community and nonprofits that I discover and feel called to support temporarily. This 10% will hopefully inspire special fundraisers. The initial recipient of this “flexible 10%” will be Reach Out and Read KC. This organization provides books to families and children to encourage early literacy and to foster a love of words and reading. I have a particular love of language and words, and my song Beyond celebrates the process of lifetime growth and development, so Reach Out and Read KC is the perfect first recipient of the “flexible 10%” of album proceeds.
To make it possible for me to break even and begin to support these charities, as well as to continue my own journey of recording and producing songs, I need YOUR help, YOUR support, and YOUR enthusiasm! Please journey with me, by purchasing my album online, purchasing a CD, and most importantly, by spreading the word! I can’t contain my excitement about all the many causes we will be able to support through these album proceeds with your help! In the weeks and months ahead, I will share more about the nonprofits we will benefit, the stories behind the songs on this album, and the release of the CD! Stay tuned!
Here's to the journey ahead!
- If only
- Waking Prayer
- Let it Rain
- Sand Castle
- Beautiful You
- Fight the Fight
- Free to Dream
Cello - James Farquhar
Guitar and Bass - Andy Oxman
Sound editing and mixing - Andy Oxman - Sound Works
Cover art and photography - Wendy Ham - Simply Moore | Photography
A very Happy Easter to you and those you love! May your celebrations be infused with new life that lasts throughout your days.
Exactly a year ago, my youth group asked me to share an original song for the Easter sunrise service which the youth at my church host every year. When I considered which of my songs were best suitable to celebrate new life in Christ, I realized that none of the songs I had written up to that point spoke to the joy of resurrection and rebirth. So, I sat down at the piano to write Metamorphosis, and the title track for my upcoming album was born.
Over a year-and-a-half in the making, my second album of original songs, Metamorphosis, is in its finishing stages! I am overjoyed to share this news! Every song on this CD is near and dear to my heart, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to share each of them with you.
Here’s a preview of Metamorphosis by the numbers:
11: the number of original tracks
2: languages in which the original lyrics are written
7: total number of instruments used throughout the album, including…
3: number of percussion instruments (played by me!)
2: guest instrumentalist artists
8: number of keys in which the songs are composed
21: production time in months from the first recorded song to publication
3: number of songs focusing on imagery and symbolism in nature
1: song written entirely in a (harmonic) minor key
3: number of songs dedicated to people who’ve inspired me
Countless: the blessings and gestures of love and support I’ve received along this musical and spiritual journey
Infinite: the gratitude and joy I feel for this opportunity to write, sing, share, and bless with my music
In addition to my excitement for sharing my original songs for the second time, I’m incredibly excited to share that, after recovering production costs, I plan to contribute the majority of the proceeds to charitable organizations that correspond with the songs and messages of my album. I’m thrilled to have the chance to benefit nonprofits which have inspired me in my own journey of giving! More details on this exciting aspect of my album will come soon.
Over time, Metamorphosis has proved itself to be a more-than-fitting name for my album, in ways that, when I originally wrote the song and considered it as my title track, I could have never understood. Now, I am almost ready to release this album, in the spring, enveloped by infinite miracles of new life and the joy of Easter, as well as the joy of witnessing my younger sister’s baptism. No name could be more fitting for an album released during this season of rebirth. Even more, the name Metamorphosis perfectly represents my own personal journey in creating this album. Over the course of the 21 months I’ve spent recording and producing these songs, I’ve undergone musical changes, but more importantly, I’ve undergone many spiritual experiences and growth. I’ve already shared some of these formative experiences with you, and I look forward to sharing more about my journey in the weeks and months ahead.
As you celebrate Easter and new life, may you rejoice in the metamorphoses you witness within and without.
A Sight Reading Allegory
This weekend, I had the honor of representing my high school in the Missouri All-State Sight-Singing Championship held at Tan-Tar-A as part of the Missouri Music Educators’ Association Conference. Nick Propst, my fellow LSHS representative, and I were two of thirty sight-reading finalists from across the state who competed in the event. We each qualified for the contest based on our All-District sight reading audition scores. Round by round at Tan-Tar-A, judges evaluated our correctness of pitch and rhythm as we sang five-measure sight reading examples. With each successive round, the examples became increasingly harder, and soon large interval jumps, compound meters, and accidentals became part of the music. I was thrilled to make it through four rounds of the competition and finish tied for sixth place. After I finished, Nick continued to compete in the championship and eventually won first prize! Congratulations to all who competed, and congratulations Nick on such an outstanding accomplishment!
As I was reflecting on the sight reading competition in the car on my way home, it occurred to me that life is not all that different from a sight reading passage. In life, as in sight reading, we only get to prepare the music set before us for a brief time, if at all - and then we must sing the foreign notes and rhythms to the best of our ability, as if they were familiar. If we focus too much on the measure behind us or before us, we’ll lose the chance to excel in the current measure, which is the only measure we can ever control. While it’s important to acknowledge and learn from the mistakes we made in the last bar, there’s no retracing or correcting what we sang; we must own it and move on. And while it’s important to prepare ourselves by looking ahead to the next measure, too much worry about the difficult notes to come will only impede us in the present. In life, as in sight reading, there will be unexpected rhythms which we’ll have to accept and internalize, if only for a measure or two. There will come extremely difficult passages, and others that we can sing effortlessly. There will be key changes – some into jubilant major keys, and some into melancholy minor keys. And, inevitably, there will be accidentals – those unforeseen notes that don’t seem to fit into the current tonality of our lives. But, when we reach the end of the passage, we’ll recognize that those were the notes which colored the music and propelled us to new music ahead.
In life, as in sight reading, we can’t expect to sing all of the notes and rhythms on the page perfectly. But, there is always the gift of another measure - another chance to take a deep breath and start again. Most importantly, with every note and rhythm, no matter how seemingly random or insignificant, there comes the chance to make music. Only when we find meaning between the notes and seek purpose between the bar lines can we ever create beauty.
The next time you reach a difficult passage, in life or in music, keep going, keep singing, and keep making music with every note set before you. Whether it seems like it or not, the series of notes on the page of life holds the potential for true art, and only you can make that art a reality.
Happy singing, happy music-reading, and most of all, happy living.
Fight the Fight - Video!
To celebrate the upcoming choral debut of "Fight the Fight", we have released a video of the song. This song is dedicated to my classmate Jonas Borchert who is fighting Ewing's sarcoma. The video shows how much his inner strength and support from his family, friends and community have helped Jonas "Fight the Fight"!