“Earth”, a Forte Friday Post!

Creation CD

“Earth”, from “Creation: A Musical Tapestry” . . .

This week, I’m sharing my song, “Earth”, from my “Creation” album. “Earth” is one of the ten songs on my “Creation” album which musically portrays the creation story in Genesis 1. This song is where God created the “heaven and the earth“.

1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Genesis 1: 1-3 (KJV)

One of my students in Lonoke told me a few years ago that I needed to have a YouTube video for this song. Lol! I haven’t done that yet, but it is on my bucket list. It is also the favorite song of Charles M. Barnes, the very talented musician who orchestrated all of the songs.

What is “Earth”?

Probably every child in school can tell you that Earth is the planet on which we live. And, that it consists of land and water. They may know that it is the only planet known to support life. But, what was the earth like “in the beginning”?

When God created the earth, the Bible says it was “without form, and void”. The earth and heaven were the beginning of His creation. He spoke it into existence by His Word. By Day 3, “the earth was made to produce all kinds of plants, grass, and trees, shrubs and flowers. Each contained its own seed for further growth and reproduction.” (Chabad.org) God created seasons so that the cycle of life could be perpetuated . . . seedtime and harvest, without which we could not live. He provided everything to sustain life, not only for man, but also for all of His creation.

While we live on earth, we know that it, and everything in it, belong to Him. We are but stewards over His creation. And, it is our responsibility to take good care of the earth.

“Earth” and the Hebraic Musical Motives . . .

All the songs in this album were written based on Hebraic musical motives. Hence, “Earth”, interestingly, has the motive of “light” in the beginning of the melody. If you notice in the scripture at the beginning of this post, God spoke “Light” into existence right after Earth.

The Hebraic musical motive theory was shared with me by Bill and Sha Lancaster who had worked ten years or more on applying the Hebraic Aleph Beit to the musical scale. In each song, the motives recur to bring the motive to the forefront of the melodies.

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It was my desire to create a song that would “sound” like the Earth being created on that Day. The song starts out with the Light shining, the Spirit of God breathing life into the earth’s creation. The mood is peaceful, the result of the Earth created in the Light of Who He is, and His Creation. The orchestrations are by Charles M Barnes, of CMB Music Group.

To listen to “Earth”, click on the Play button below. I hope you enjoy it, and can musically experience the unfolding of the creating of earth on the first day.

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