Christmas in September, anyone?

JUST POSTED – this footage was captured LIVE last year on our “GLORY & PEACE” TOUR with the Trevor Dick Band – our 7/8 groove rendition of “HOSANNAH!” (Ding Dong Merrily on High).

From the “GLORY & PEACE” Double Christmas CD project (release date Nov. 2007). Recorded live (single audience mic) and three stationary cameras (including a go-pro over the kit) – Lincoln Road Church, Waterloo, ON, Canada – Dec. 11, 2016

PURCHASE / DOWNLOAD this song here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trevordick4
Also available on every other key download site including iTunes.

LINKS: http://trevordickband.com/
http://tinanewlove.com
https://www.facebook.com/TrevorDickBand
https://soundcloud.com/trevor-dick-band

The TREVOR DICK BAND (TDB) are: Trevor Dick (acoustic & electric violins), Jake Payne (keys), Tony Lind (guitars), Will Jarvis (bass) and Steve Heathcote (kit). With guest, Tina Newlove, live performance painter

CREDITS: Live Sound and Recording: Dale Clyne  Visuals: Aaron Dick
COPYRIGHT INFO: Arrangement by Trevor Dick & TDB.

My Story

Many of you who have seen me in concert have heard my story. This is the most complete taping to date (with some details I have never shared publicly), filmed by Heart Matters TV while on tour last year during the 15th Anniversary weekend of 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. Producer: Mike Snow.

I trust this brings you real hope and encouragement as you continue on your spiritual journey …

You can catch the complete show (as aired on National TV) with two additional live duo performances of “New World” and “Sparrow” here.

Until next time! T

 

The Launch of the Gayford Carbon Fiber “Strad” Violin

For those who have seen me in concert over the last year, I have been playing/touring with a new acoustic violin called the Gayford Carbon Fiber “Strad” Violin.  After four years of development, many many prototypes and trial and error/testing, Fred Gayford has officially launched his Carbon Strad Violin web site: http://carbonfiberviolin.com

It has been a real privilege to work directly with Fred on the development of this violin, “test driving” many instruments, making suggestions along the way and introducing him to my network of industry professionals during the development process.

Each violin is named. I play the “Schmidt” violin, named after Fred’s good life-long friend who recently passed away. It has a powerful, clear, bold, beautiful concert sound. Carbon Fiber also is much less temperamental in some of Canada’s harsh touring weather.  Great for the concert and missionary work I do. This violin has even made it onto some remote Fairmeadow Studio recording projects recently. It records very nicely.

Here is the Gayford Carbon Strad “Schmidt” violin in action (from the Gayford YouTube Channel) with my composition, “The Calling” from a 2016 live performance. I am using a 4061 DPA lav headset mic:

Recently, I had the chance to visit Fred in his workshop in Cambridge, Ontario and was blown away by all the detailed R&D and painstaking work that it has taken him to get to this point. Every change, adaptation and rebuild has been documented.  I asked Fred if he had the documentation for the work and tweaks he has done on the “Schmidt” violin. He produced a one page document of every detail. Fred went on to show the documentation on his other instruments that have been built and sold around the World.

Congratulations to Fred Gayford on the successful launch of this new site and thank you for the gift of the “Schmidt” Carbon Fiber Strad!

With Fred Gayford and his Carbon Strad “Schmidt” Violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Minds

I was asked recently to lead a devotional for a local Christian theater company, Audience of One. I was reflecting on how amazing our minds are – the capacity to learn, grow and memorize (such as the acting lines in the script of a major theatrical production) – minds given to us by God the Master Creator. Our minds are truly incredible – spectacularly beautiful!

This led me to explore what the Bible says about our minds …

Jesus himself, in Luke 10:27 states the greatest commandment is to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind … love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Jesus asks us to engage our minds in love for Him and others along with our hearts, souls and bodies (strength). He wants all of us! Our minds (actively in service to Him) are important to Him as well. He calls us to protect and use our minds. He calls us to a life of wisdom.

In Proverbs 19:21, Solomon (a brilliant, wise mind) says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a person, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”  We can have many dreams, plans, ideas, visions here on earth, but ultimately, God is calling us to engage our minds in His purposes  — He wants us to live out His will and call in our lives.

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) says it well: “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 in the NIV version says it this way: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

• Are we copying the “customs and behavior of this world”?  Is this polluting our minds? I had the words of Jon Foreman of the band Switchfoot swirling in my subconscious this morning as I was reflecting on all of this:

Reaching always reaching
Never reaching solid ground
Seeking always seeking
Never seeking what I’ve found

Hey, Baptize my mind
Hey, Baptize my eyes
Hey, Baptize my mind
For these seeds to give birth to life
First they must die

There is certainly an attack on our minds today — our minds can become foggy, cluttered and distracted with the stuff and junk of this world!  I believe this is one of the key ways Satan is keeping us from truly serving Jesus today. We are becoming so bogged down with worldly clutter and junk (on social media and elsewhere) that we don’t have time (or the clarity) for a close walk with our Creator. We can feel stuck (“reaching, always reaching, never reaching solid ground”).  We need a transformation — a renewal or “baptism” (rebirth) of our minds. We need to humbly give our bodies (including our minds) to God as living and holy sacrifices. We need to let him change the way we think, give us new clarity, new dreams, new pathways of learning. WE NEED HIS DIVINE WISDOM.

• Do you fear, worry or deal with anxiety sometimes?  Fear, worry and anxiety can cripple our minds.  We can start to believe the lies of the evil one instead of the truth of God’s Word.

Philippians 4:6-8 says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 also says: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

I don’t think it is a coincidence that Paul in Ephesians 6:17 concludes the list of armor by challenging us to “put on salvation as [our] helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (NLT).  We need to protect these beautiful minds! We must daily submit our minds to Christtake captive those negative, anxious thoughts and fill our minds instead with the truth His Word, the Bible. It is interesting that God’s word, the Bible is directly connected in this passage to wearing the helmet of salvation. They go hand in hand … they are inseparable …

• What role does the Bible play? Hebrews 4:12 makes that plain: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (NLT)

As we read the Bible (and I challenge you to do this daily!), God will replace the lies of the world and the evil one with His Truth. He will give us HIS THOUGHTS. Wow! Imagine that … GOD THOUGHTS!  God wants us to think about those things that true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. If we are not thinking these sorts of thoughts, we are off base. Pray daily for the mind of Christ! Claim the words of  1 Corinthians 2:16 and Hebrews 8:10: “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him? But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” … “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

CLAIM IT. BELIEVE IT. LIVE IT.

When you ask Jesus to be the leader of your life, He makes “all things new” (Rev. 1:5). He gives you a new life, a new heart, a new outlook, a new passion and reason for living,  a new mind (His mind) — a BEAUTIFUL MIND!  As you do this each day, He will empower you, use you and bless you in amazing ways!

I close with the words of this great hymn by Kate B. Wilkinson. May this be our prayer:

May the mind of Christ, my Savior
Live in me from day to day
By His love and pow’r controlling
All I do and say

Until next time.

T

 

After a long break from blogging, it’s time to start up again …

Hi friends and supporters,

Wow, I have taken a much longer break from blogging than anticipated!

What have I been up to?

Well …  a very busy time of performing as a solo artist and with the Trevor Dick Band (TDB), significant personal and ministry growth with Flyingbow … and more of a focus on developing my key multiple social media sites with lots of regular updates there. If you have not connected with me on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram yet, check them out – like and subscribe at will:

YOUTUBE

Trevor Dick: https://www.youtube.com/user/TrevorDickViolinist
TDB: https://www.youtube.com/user/TrevorDickBand

FACEBOOK

Personal: https://www.facebook.com/trevor.glen.dick
Trevor Dick: https://www.facebook.com/Trevor-Dick-177256283800/
Trevor Dick Band: https://www.facebook.com/TrevorDickBand/

TWITTER

Trevor Dick: https://twitter.com/Trevor_G_Dick
TDB: https://twitter.com/TrevorDickBand

INSTAGRAM

Trevor Dick: https://www.instagram.com/trevordickviolinist/
TDB: https://www.instagram.com/trevordickband

Social media should NEVER REPLACE what I am sharing here on this blog, though, so time to start up again and share a few key things on my heart … my goal is to once more blog weekly.

Until next time,

T

 

Trevor Dick Band wins two Global Music Awards with CD release, “NEW WORLD”.

Some great news! This Press Release just went out on behalf of the Trevor Dick Band:

The Trevor Dick Band (TDB) fronted by Guelph, Ontario, Canada electric violinist, Trevor Dick are pleased to announce their recent CD, New World has gleaned two Global Music Awards – “Gold Medal” for Top Ten Album of 2015 and Band of the Year. Details are found here: http://www.globalmusicawards.com/index.html and  http://www.globalmusicawards.com/Top-Ten-Albums-2015.html

Nigerian born, Trevor Dick and his long-time bandmates have entered new territory with the introduction of TDB’s debut album, New World. This world/jazz/folk fusion project with classical and modern pop/rock underpinning takes you from Africa to Latin America to Europe and North America, erasing all borders. The music represents that sense of excitement, adventure, vision and sacrifice as our forefathers and mothers left the “Old World,” got on a ship and sailed into the unknown, in faith and discovered the New World.  “… That’s what this album is all about – that longing for adventure, that sense of creativity, the drive to explore new territories with reckless abandon.”   New World is interesting, experimental, and improvisational. It is complex music, yet accessible to the average listener.  – http://trevordickband.com/



Shortly after the September 2015 CD release, NEW WORLD was also honoured last month with the Gospel Music Association’s “Covenant Award” for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Mark Rheaume, of CBC Music writes, “… not many acts can blend so many sounds as easily as the Trevor Dick Band on NEW WORLD. Sonic sweetness from beginning to end. ”

In his review, Angel Romero of Progressive Rock Central states: “The [TDB] New World incorporates genres appealing to the progressive music community … [with] echoes of Jean Luc Ponty-style fusion on some of the more progressive rock leaning pieces … the mesmerizing electric violin in “East of Sinai Prelude”; the fabulous Middle Eastern-colored progressive rock composition in “East of Sinai” featuring outstanding violin solo work, violin and guitar interplay …”

The TDB are gearing up to perform this music internationally at Folk, Jazz, Blues and World Music Festivals.

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Trevor Dick Band – “NEW WORLD” Wins 2015 GMA Covenant Award | “INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

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I was honoured this month (Thursday, November 5, 2015) to accept the GMA Covenant Award on behalf of the Trevor Dick Band. Our recent “New World” project won the “Instrumental Album of the Year” category. For the full list of winners, link here.  This was my acceptance speech:

 

“On behalf of the Trevor Dick Band, Flyingbow Music Ministry and the Artistic Team I want to thank GMA Canada for this award.

New World is a Jazz/World/Progressive Rock Fusion album with Pop & Classical overtones. This album explores global music styles with an underlying longing for adventure, a sense of creativity, the drive to explore new territories with reckless abandon.

I would like to recognize the great team that made this album possible. The Trevor Dick Band members are: Steve Heathcote (drums and percussion), Will Jarvis (bass), Brad Toews (keyboards) and Tony Lind (guitar) and myself, Trevor Dick (electric and acoustic violin & viola). I also thank the wonderful Creative Team: Richard Cleaver (Recording Engineer and Co-Producer), Noble Street Recording Studios, George Seara (mastering), Shane Drever (art work and graphic design), Ball Media (printing) and the Flyingbow Ministry Board of Directors for their wisdom and financial support. The creative, collaborative process of producing this album was truly amazing.  We also thank our wives and families for all their loving support.

Above all, we give all the praise and Glory to God – the master Artist who spun this universe into motion and gave us these gifts to give back to Him. We live in an incredible World, full of wonder, beauty, ugliness, sanctity, mystery, complexity and brokenness. Deep down, this music also comes from a place of faith and hope in a new, restored World.”

Press Release: Guelph, Ontario Violinist represents Canada on World Music Project Video

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This story went out to Canadian media last week and is relevant/of interest to local, national and global audiences:

Trevor Dick, a Guelph, Ontario electric violinist was invited to represent Canada on the World Music Project Video, which had a digital release late August, 2015.

Trevor, along with one other Canadian, came together with over 30 musicians from around the world to complete a music video which was just released on YouTube.. What makes this project so remarkable was that none of the artists, producers and sound engineer ever met in person but rather collaborated over Facebook. Each artist was selected by the co-producers and invited to record and film the title track “I have a Dream” in a setting which was representative of their country and culture. The task of editing and mixing 35 artists’ music and video was mammoth and almost did not come together.

To view the original YouTube video go to: https://youtu.be/ix_4CmWprxE

(Trevor appears at the 23 second mark on the video and then has a solo at 5:42 and various places afterwards)

Trevor decided to be filmed on Parliament Hill in front of the Peace Tower with its Canadian Flag flying above the Centre Block and the Centennial Flame earlier this spring. Trevor felt this was a fitting backdrop to the project with its goals to encourage unity and world peace through music. From a Canadian perspective, Trevor noted that “it felt like a redemptive gesture after the October 22, 2015 shooting on Parliament Hill.”

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African born Trevor, is no stranger to World Music. He has always been attracted to the diversity, colour and beauty of global rhythms and sounds.

The Trevor Dick Band (TDB) are excited to announce the “street launch” of their CD project, New World, September 7/15 with their first release concert planned for Sept. 13/15, 6 p.m. in Oshawa, Ontario at Calvary Church.

This world/jazz/folk fusion project with classical and modern pop/rock underpinning takes you from Africa to Latin America to Europe and North America, erasing all borders.

Mark Rheaume, of CBC Music writes, “… not many acts can blend so many sounds as easily as the Trevor Dick Band on NEW WORLD. Sonic sweetness from beginning to end. ”

Interesting WMP Facts:

– 35 music artists represented: USA, Dominican Republic,  Mexico, Canada, Israel, France, Philippines, Ecuador, Spain, Columbia, Algeria, Italy, Greece, Germany, England, Senegal, Japan, Norway and Lebanon.
– 3 Canadians were involved in the World Music Project: Trevor Dick (Electric Violin, Acoustic Violin and Viola); Navid Goldrick of Alberta (Oud) and Richard Cleaver of Ontario (Mix and Mastering Engineer)
– this story is receiving international media attention in countries such as Mexico and Italy: See: https://www.facebook.com/143198845715529/videos/890163017685771/  and  http://www.patti24.it/?p=14284

Links:

World Music Project Web Site: http://worldmusicproject.org/
World Music Project Facebook Group Site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/754591307992946/
Trevor Dick Band Web Site: http://trevordickband.com/
Link to official Trevor Dick Band Launch Press Release: http://trevordickband.com/press-release-award-winning-canadian-worldjazzfolkfusion-electric-violinist-and-bandmates-announce-their-latest-cd-street-launch-new-world/
Link to the Trevor Dick Band EPK: http://trevordickband.com/press-kit/

 

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Trevor Dick Band – “New World”, Nominated for Three Covenant Awards

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I am once more honoured to be nominated for three Covenant Awards with the Trevor Dick Band’s Jazz/World/Folk/Fusion project, “New World”. Thank you GMA Canada for this vote of confidence.

We were nominated in the following three categories:

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Trevor Dick Band – New World  

INSTRUMENTAL SONG OF THE YEARIfriqiya (Music: Trevor Dick & The Trevor Dick Band)

ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR – Design by Shane Drever

A great team of artists/friends participated on this album: Brad Toews (keys), Will Jarvis (bass), Steve Heathcote (drums/percussion), Tony Lind (guitar), Richard Cleaver (engineer and co-producer), George Seara (mastering), Shane Drever (artwork/design), Ball Media Corporation (CD printing) and Flyingbow (funding/support).

Visit the TDB site here for more: http://trevordickband.com

PRESS RELEASE: Award-winning Canadian world/jazz/folk/fusion electric violinist and bandmates announce their latest CD street launch – “NEW WORLD”

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PRESS RELEASE – September 7, 2015: Award-winning Canadian world/jazz/folk/fusion electric violinist and bandmates announce their latest CD street launch – “NEW WORLD”

The Trevor Dick Band (TDB) fronted by Guelph, Ontario, Canada electric violinist, Trevor Dick are excited to announce the “street launch” of their long awaited CD project, New World, today (September 7/15) – http://trevordickband.com/

Coinciding with the release are a number of release concerts planned through 2015 into 2016, starting with their first release concert planned for Sept. 13/15, 6 p.m.in Oshawa, Ontario at Calvary Church.

Award-winning instrumentalist Trevor Dick and his long-time bandmates have entered new territory with the introduction of the Trevor Dick Band’s debut album, New World. This world/jazz/folk fusion project with classical and modern pop/rock underpinning takes you from Africa to Latin America to Europe and North America, erasing all borders.  New World is interesting, experimental, and improvisational. It is complex music, yet accessible to the average listener.

“… That’s what this album is all about – that longing for adventure, that sense of creativity, the drive to explore new territories with reckless abandon.”

Mark Rheaume, of CBC Music writes, “… not many acts can blend so many sounds as easily as the Trevor Dick Band on NEW WORLD. Sonic sweetness from beginning to end. ”

TDB are gearing up to perform this music internationally at Folk, Jazz, Blues and World Music Festivals.