The Journey Home is dear to my heart. This piece represents a dream realized, specifically, the dream of composing. At this point I need to admit that my formal musical education was not the most thorough.
To sum up, in my final year of High School I was playing the xylophone and the recorder (yep the recorder). Don’t get me wrong. I studied piano privately for years and played most Sundays at Church but although writing music my favourite pastime, there was never a suggestion or a thought on my part that I pursue it beyond a hobby.
Over the years I have composed many pieces for the piano, dreaming of the day when I would be able to write for other instruments. Little did I know that what I was really waiting for was technology! Gotta love technology!
And so we arrive at The Journey Home. The title was instinctive. Something about this piece felt like a homecoming, like soldiers returning from the front or someone returning to the home of their youth after a long absence. I could mention Narnia: The Last Battle and the scene nearing the end where they are all running further in and further up...but I will refrain.
I have to say I have rarely enjoyed a process more than the process I went through in composing The Journey Home. It was totally exhilarating, occasionally exasperating and always challenging but I have to say I’m proud of my first official foray into the world of composing!
My reason for including The Journey Home and Hope on the album was that I wanted to create space for the listener to just sit and let the music wash over them and maybe, just maybe, hear what God had to say to them about how he saw them. Fairly ambitious…but hey…in for a penny in for a pound!
The Journey Home represents the end of the beginning for me as I continue to explore the world of bringing instrumentals to life…and sharing them with you dear Reader.