“Mercy Now” audio available

Mercy Now Artwork smI believe we each have the power to affect and change our Universe through our actions, no matter how small. Even the smallest acts can often grow to have larger impacts. Such is the case with things like mercy. We each need and deserve some degree of mercy from others, and we also each have the power to create and give mercy to others. Think about what it feels like for you to receive mercy, and then consider helping to make your small corner of the world a little better by sharing some mercy of your own where you can. It can be as simple as initiating an apology or the letting go of a grudge. It can be given to someone in a grocery store line, a fellow driver on the road, someone in your community or almost any situation of conflict or need. Not only will it positively impact someone else’s life, watch what it does for you and your Universe.

I was introduced to this song a few years ago and was struck by its simple message and plea for mercy in our broken lives and world. Originally written and recorded by Mary Gauthier, I have performed it a few times in various settings, and it has always been well-received, so I cranked up the studio and spent some time making a good recording.

I’m happy to announce that “Mercy Now” is now available at the links below, and may also be found on streaming outlets like Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, etc…

Thanks for your interest! Enjoy and share!

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A live performance of this song is available here.

Don’t steal music. “Mercy Now” Copyright Mary Gauthier Songs, License LPL055228

“Mary Did You Know?” audio available now

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In my previous post and video of “Mary Did You Know?” I mentioned that the audio would be available soon. I’m happy to announce that it is now available at the links below, and may also be found on streaming outlets like Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, etc…

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“Mary Did You Know?” Copyright Word Music, Inc. And Rufus Music C/O Gaither Music Co. 
License LPL060034


 

“Mary Did You Know?”

“Mary Did You Know” (arr: Brown/Cothran)
Composer: Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene
Bootie Cothran, guitar & vocal
Ryland Brown, piano
Will Dodson, recording engineer

I was set to sing this song this past Sunday in church, and was rehearsing on the Thursday before when my friend and colleague, Ryland Brown, came in and spontaneously added some piano to it, and it was amazing, mainly because he’s awesome like that. Ryland couldn’t be there for the performance on Sunday, so we got together yesterday and recorded it a few times. We did four takes in the studio trying to get a good, clean sound with individual tracks for the vocal and instruments, but it just felt too “sterile”, even with adding reverb and other effects. So we went into the big room (with the REAL piano) and just played it together and it worked so much better that way. This was our first take. I think it’s best with a decent pair of headphones.

I’ve always omitted the original bridge and replaced it with the ending of the 1st verse, I think, because I originally couldn’t duplicate it, vocally, and just got used to doing it this way over the years.

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“Mercy Now” (live)

My good friend and colleague, Kyle Matthews, introduced this song to me a few years ago and I loved it from the start. We’ve performed it a few times together, and this version was performed on October 16, 2016 at First Baptist in Greenville, SC. Kyle is playing the piano. I have plans to record it in a studio setting soon, and will certainly add a post here when that recording is available.

It was originally written and recorded by Mary Gauthier (www.marygauthier.com). It is certainly fitting for our current time. I was quite surprised at the response it received after posting it on facebook a few months back, and I just realized I had not included it here. I hope you enjoy it.

Peace (and mercy),
Bootie

 

Granito de Mostaza

Album Artwork.001“Granito de Mostaza”
(aka The Mustard Seed Song, aka Let the Mountains Move)

I learned this song from my friends in Cuba, and loved it so much I wanted to record my own arrangement. Pardon my Spanish, please. The translation is: If you would have the faith of a seed of mustard, this, the Lord tells you: You could tell the mountains to move, move, move, and those mountains would move.”  I’m on guitars, bass, percussion and vocals.

100% of the proceeds of this song will go to support the “Patio Projects” across Cuba, a successful and growing effort to help communities and individuals turn wasted spaces into gardens and growing spaces, providing food, medicine, and turning lives around in the process.

I’ve been there and seen it in person, and there’s a lot we can learn from them.  Learn more about the Patio Projects in this video.

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Lyrics:

Si tuvieras fe como un granito de mostaza, eso lo dice el Señor
Si tuvieras fe como un granito de mostaza, eso lo dice el Señor

Tu le dirías a asea montaña, muévete, muévete
Tu le dirías a asea montaña, muévete, muévete

Y esa montaña se moverá, se moverá, se moverá
Y esa montaña se moverá, se moverá, se moverá
Y esa montaña se moverá, se moverá, se moverá

Se está moviendo ya
Esa montaña se moverá

Don’t Let Go


This song came out of my recent American Ninja Warrior adventure in Orlando. My favorite songs are the ones that end up writing themselves – they just sort of come out on their own, from somewhere inside, and this one was no different. I wasn’t trying to write a song at the time, I was just picking on my guitar one day in early summer and this groove started coming out, and then these lyrics started coming out, so I followed where it took me and this is what I ended up with.

It’s titled “Don’t Let Go”, and it offers a glimpse into what was going on in my mind as I was running the course, but it’s about more than just that. It’s about not letting go of our goals and dreams, being unafraid to fail, using those failures as motivation to overcome our obstacles, and about hanging onto whatever figurative “rope” you’re hanging onto in life for just a little longer.

100% of the proceeds of this song will go directly to support my ninja friend Kenneth Niemitalo and his wife, whose new baby girl is dealing with some expensive health issues, so please share this post, spend an easy dollar and let’s help a brother out!

This song is dedicated to the entire ninja community, and everyone out there who is reaching for their goal or hanging onto their rope. Don’t let go!

Peace!
Bootie


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Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Güira:  Bootie Cothran
Drums, Bongos:  Ryan Harper
Sound asst:  Will Dodson
Camera:  Peyton Mills, Richard Saad
Mt. Midoriyama Stage 4 Photo:  Jimmy Bogle
Additional video:  NBC