To say I’m excited to finally introduce my album to the world is an understatement. I’ve had the finished recordings in my possession since January of this year, and I’ve finally got all my ducks in a row to start selling it!
A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
Before I spout off about my album I’d like to introduce you to my version of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” I started the arrangement for this song as a missionary in Canada. At the time the only instrument I had available to me was a guitar and my talents were severely limited. I knew only one song my missionary companion taught me so we could play at a fireside. I noticed that I could use the same chords to sing the “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” and that’s how it all started. A little while later at dinner, our hosts asked us to play a song, and I jumped on their piano and wrote the instrumental melody that you can hear at the beginning of the song. It wasn’t until four years later that I’d seriously play the song again.
When I decided to make the album I knew I wanted this song on it, but it was unfinished. I wrote the instrumental bridge to this song to round it out, but in the recording process it felt like there was a layer of the song missing. My recording engineer mentioned that he felt like the middle of the song should be bigger and that I should take over vocally. I went home that week and wrote what is now the beginning of the bridge of this song. I also wanted to add a guitar solo which Ben Howington from Mormon Guitar eventually ended up providing. It really put the icing on the cake for me. The writing process for this song was out of the norm for me as it came in pieces over the space of years rather than all at once or in a short period of time. The end result is a moving and thought provoking piece that invites the spirit and self-reflection.
I love the verses of this song, and it was very hard for me to narrow it down to only three. In all I think the ones I chose encapsulate the spirit of this song the best. God asks us to serve and sacrifice in both small and great ways, and if we do so when our time comes to return to God we will receive the ultimate reward. Whatever the extent of God’s request each one of us needs to have the courage to dig deep down and say, “I will!”
The Album – I Find Home
I Find Home is a culmination of songs from the past five years that I’ve felt I need to share with everyone. In college I played in a band and which I had a lot of fun playing with, but I felt that I needed to share my music in a different way. I was self-conscious about labeling myself as a “mormon musician” but I’ve put myself to rest and I’m now the new Mormon Zach Morris. I needed to separate myself from my Saved By the Bell counterpart (Zack Morris), and this is the best way I know how. So please listen to my album, share my album, and if you really like it buy it so I can bring more music to you!Buy Here! Buy iTunes!