When you have trials and troubles, where can you find peace? Especially when there are wars and rumors of wars and lots uncertainties, both worldwide and personally. Politically, financially, physically, and more. Over the past centuries, many people have asked the same question. You can find everlasting peace, which is peace that endures forever, through belief in our almighty holy God, the creator of us and the entire universe. Some people have written poetry and songs about their quest for peace…and how and where they found it. This album is a collection of timeless, historical hymns, inspired by the original authors’ personal stories of their quest for everlasting peace.
My three goals for this album
1. To provide music that calms your mind and comforts your soul.
2. To provide music that reminds you of the three profound persons of God: God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.
3. To provide music that points you to the eternal life that you can have by: admitting to God that you are a sinner, by believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again to pay for your sins, and by calling upon Jesus to be your personal savior and lord of your life.
All lyrics and melodies are in the public domain. Arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered by Douglas in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Copyright © ℗ 2019 Douglas Ronald Lee
Recorded in stereo with dual condenser microphones in overhead ORTF configuration plus one dynamic microphone near the left back side for additional frequency response of bass notes.
Recorded on a 2008 MacBook Pro with a Behringer audio interface. Mixed and mastered on a 2012 Mac mini.
For these recordings, no reverb (reverberation) was applied. The reverb you hear is natural from the piano’s metal harp and solid wood structure. Normalization and dynamic compression were used to increase the volume of the lower and midrange frequency notes to help balance with the melody. There was also lots of manual editing of individual waveforms of notes that were clipped or over-accented since I tend to be a heavy hitter on the melody notes.
This album was produced in honor of my mom, Pearl. She asked me in January 2018 to record some piano music for her after my mother-in-law Jane’s memorial service. Those songs reignited a long-forgotten interest in piano and eventually led me to producing a rough draft CD of this album for Mom in October 2018. Thanks to my mom and dad, Ron and Pearl, for purchasing the piano and for the piano lessons so many years ago!
Thanks to all my wonderful and patient piano teachers. Mr. Al Nakata, my first teacher when I was age 6 or 7. Mrs. Dorothy West, who taught on a very nice grand piano a short walk away from Grout Elementary School. Mrs. Smith, who came to our house to teach lessons. And Mrs. Golda Wilson, who taught me about hymns.
Thanks to CD Baby artist Lance Frodsham (dulcimer) for introducing me to music recording and for lending recording equipment. Thanks to CD Baby artist Dan Friesen (guitar) for sharing advice about releasing music through CD Baby. Thanks to worship Pastor Kevin Kruse for helpful tips to improve my piano playing quality. Thanks to Cynthia Soohoo who encouraged me to finish this recording project this year when it did not seem feasible. Thanks to my distributor CD Baby. Made in USA by CD Baby Disc Manufacturing. Photos by me of the Oregon coast at Lincoln City, Oregon, April 10, 2014.
Thanks to all my current and former pastors and worship leaders who have influenced me over the years. And above all, thanks to God for giving me the gift of music. Now, it is time to share it with you!
Peace & Blessings,
Douglas Ronald Lee
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