The Day is Coming

Another song I might record one day:

The Day is Coming

My friend was mentioned on the news,
Misrepresenting all his views.
As they piled up lie on lie
I shook my head and gave a sigh.

Sometimes it seems like the devil is winning,
But I know in the end that he won’t be grinning

Oh, the day is comin’
So no, I won’t be runnin’.
I’ll stand, not hide or cower,
‘Cause my Lord, He has the power.

The innocent are torn to shreds
Some in the womb, some in their beds
And in the streets as their blood flows
Some celebrate this horror show

They love the darkness, despising the light
But that won’t be me, ‘cause I know what is right

Oh, the day is comin’
So no, I won’t be runnin’.
I’ll stand, not hide or cower,
‘Cause my Lord, He has the power.

In the kingdom that’s to come,
We’ll see the glory of the Son;
With justice that his foes all fear
And mercy for his bride so dear

United in joy that mere words can’t describe
‘Cause He cleared the Way thought His great sacrifice

Oh, that day is comin’
So no, I won’t be runnin’.
I’ll stand, not hide or cower,
‘Cause my Lord, He has the power.

When it Seems…

Another song I might record one day:

When it Seems…

When your nation’s soul is crumbling
As its purpose slowly dies;
A man of principle can’t find
A sight to soothe his eyes.

All around are trace reminders
Of the way things used to be
When honour, fortitude and trust
Were found abundantly.

Now the enemy is laughing
And his power seems secure,
Your allies are collapsing
And it seems you can’t endure:

There’s a hope that will never fail
There’s a power that’s above the sky,
You are part of a wondrous tale
Of love that simply will not die.

When the sickness overwhelms you
And your body’s wracked with pain;
The strength that always got you through
Has been completely drained,

There’s a truth that keeps you going
Through the fury of the storm;
There’s a kindness overflowing
That will all these woes transform

Into scars of pride and glory
In the kingdom that’s to come
As we witness the full story
Of the Father and the Son:

There’s a hope that will never fail
There’s a power that’s above the sky,
You are part of a wondrous tale
Of love that simply will not die.

A Hope That Burns (Finally Recorded)

A Hope That Burns

As I indicated back when I first posted this, I hoped to participate in a local training weekend for musicians and sound engineers in collaboration with Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee, that included the professional recording and mixing of songs that we the participants wrote (one each), as well as basic instructions on techniques, tricks and resources for mixing and producing music professionally.

That recording went well (though it very nearly didn’t happen at all*) and in due time I received a mixed and raw multitrack version of the song, so I could practise the mixing techniques I’d been taught. I then had some vocal instruction from the amazing Moira Greyland Peat, who’s strength, grace and generosity of spirit despite a truly harrowing childhood is an inspiration to many, and resung an improved version of the vocals at home, then mixed it together to produce this final version that I hope will be enjoyable and uplifting.

For the rest of this month it will be available via the CD Baby store for the princely sum of 99 cents, (all other outlets are the same price, but the CD Baby store link above gives the best royalty per sale). Clicking on the image below shows all the outlets where you can stream or download the song.

A Hope That Burns

Melody and Lyrics by Ben Zwycky, accompaniment by Tomas Pavlicek

Vocals Ben Zwycky, keyboard Tomas Pavlicek, guitar Michal Petras

(*I completely lost my voice a week and a half before the weekend, only heard its musical accompaniment for the first time about an hour before we were supposed to demonstrate our songs to show that they were worth recording, while my voice was still shaky, and a scheduling conflict meant that we ended up doing our full recording half an hour after the window for recordings was supposed to close.)

MaryMae and the Nightmare Man Kickstarter

http://bit.ly/MakeMaryMae

Marymae is just like any little girl, She loves stories about brave princesses and spends a lot of time with her imaginary friend, Waldo. Except to her, he is very real indeed! It’s not a problem until the day her friend goes missing, and no one will take her growing concern seriously. Knowing she can’t leave him in danger – a danger she just KNOWS is there – Marymae sets off to find him. But she finds there are inky shadows slinking through the forest of make believe, and nightmares are threatening to spill past it’s wooded realm and into her world and home. With help from noble pirates wielding chainsaws, armored dinosaurs, and the relentless hope and light of a child’s soul – Marymae and her friends, new and old, will have to face the Nightmare man before it’s too late.

Be part of bringing this wonderful book to life by contributing at its kickstarter page:

http://bit.ly/MakeMaryMae

The End of an Era, But Far From the End of the Story

As some of you may have heard, Jason Rennie recently announced that Superversive Press is closing down, for various reasons not limited to the tragic passing of his wife last year. I would like to express my thanks to Jason for giving me my first break into publishing, gathering together a great deal of people I am proud to call my friends and inspiring many positive currents within the publishing industry. The Superversive Literary Movement is far from over, as it was in no means limited to the press itself, superversivesf.com and it’s surrounding community will continue as before, and the books that Superversive Press published are being taken over by various other presses, including Theogony Books, Silver Empire, and Tuscany Bay Books, which earlier took over the Planetary Anthology Series and today launched Luna :Basically all of the projects that Superversive Press was working on will continue, merely under other banners or independently. Those of us that Jason gathered together will continue to work to produce stories and resources to inspire and bring hope and light to dark places.

State of Terra by David Hallquist

The preorder phase for Book 2 of David Hallquists’s outstanding Singularity Crisis Trilogy is over and the book can now
be bought directly

#Fired towards earth at over five thousand miles per hour and equipped with the latest Lunar technology, Brandt Wills is a warhead targeting the brutal State of Terra.

With the beast partially tamed and his body further augmented by Lunar Special Security, Brandt Wills is heading back home to take on his former employers as war breaks out between Luna and the State of Terra. His only backup on this insane mission are the beast that still tries to take him over and the AI ghost of an old flame. What chance does one man have against the vast resources of earth?

Book 2 in David Hallquist’s outstanding Singularity Crisis Trilogy is on sale now from Superversive Press.

Book 1 can be ordered here:

And Book 3 preordered here: