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“Lord of All” – A contemplative classical guitar piece by Derek Mason

This short musical passage composed, performed and produced by Derek J. Mason, speaks volumes about the spiritual quest of the human spirit for the meaning of life. Derek created this “Lord of All” piece in 2002 and released in it 2002 and 2003. He played it on the same classical guitar he used for his solo guitar work on cruise ships shortly thereafter. It has since become more than a contemplative guitar piece.

I first published this video on February 14, 2016, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the passing of my husband Derek Mason.

In this memorial, I honour, Derek, the fact that you loved God first … above all; and that is good; I would have it no other way. With a vision of eternity, we both know (as (I knew at your passing) that this vertical form of Love (Agape) actually preserves the love between the two of us as eternal, sacred. I remember you saying, many times, especially in your last 18 months on Terra Firma, “I want to go to heaven”  You said it passionately, sometimes almost tearfully. Many people didn’t know that about you. Now more folks will know that you grew to love God, the Lord of All, first and foremost, and that you kept your spiritual antennae directed to the voice of God, throughout much of your struggle. I’m sure that is why this piece of music sounds so deep and so searching.

~ Anthea Mason

Derek celebrating making of Colours of Edziza film music

Film Soundtrack work with Thomas Beckman

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Thomas Beckman recording with Derek Mason in Vancouver, Summer 2014

Derek Mason’s memorable contribution to the dramatic music of Colours of Edziza film –

For the award-winning music soundtrack of this environmental trek movie, Violist-composer Thomas Beckman worked with music producer Derek J. Mason in summer and autumn 2014, in Derek’s Vancouver BC production studio. It was an honour for me to provide supports in the studio, and hear the the initial music production for the film. I witnessed directly the depth of Derek’s contribution to the improvisational flow in the first music pieces produced for this impressive environmental documentary film. In ways that Thomas Beckman so kindly expressed in his tribute to Derek Mason, Derek’s musicianship and dedication, which were always woven into his service as a record producer, were also an intrinsic part of the composition of the first three tracks that were recorded for the film. This initial production was in progress less than a half-year before Derek Mason passed away on February 15, 2015. While the creativity, passion and skill of Thomas is the core of this music, our hearts also want to recognize and honour the musical sensitivity and love of dramatic music that Derek contributed to this film as its first music producer. His work was cut very short by his illness and passing from this planet he so loved so much. How fitting it is that his last music project for film was in celebration of our Earth’s remaining places of wilderness.

Here is a video that helped bring the environmental trek documentary film and its music to the attention of CBC and some international film festivals. You’ll see Derek Mason working in his Vancouver studio with Thomas Beckman in the some of the recording and production for this music soundtrack. Derek was a servant, and it’s evident here as you watch the video. He worked together with Thomas and percussionist Jarrett Plett on the project together until late autumn, 2014. In early 2015, Thomas and Jarrett carried on with producer Sam Ryan for the post-production mixing and mastering of the brilliant music score of Colours of Edziza.

Jerrett Plett, Thomas Beckman and Derek Mason celebrate music soundtrack acheivements

Jerrett Plett, Thomas Beckman and Derek Mason celebrating their music soundtrack work for “Colours of Edziza” film

More news about the film, Colours of Edziza – http://www.coloursofedziza.com/colours-of-edziza-wins-award-in-best-shorts-film-competition/

Nina Winkler Album photo

Actor Singer-Songwriter Nina Winkler debut album

Actor Singer-Songwriter Nina Winkler debut album

Nina is an amazing lyricist. In many of her songs, she breaks through the cracks in a heart like rays of bending light piercing darkness. She struck us to be as much a poet here as Leonard Cohen.

Derek Mason completed this album recording and production for Nina Winkler in late autumn, 2014. It was a project of more than a year, not including Nina’s prolific songwriting which spanned several of her young years. Between her acting gigs and other travelling, Nina worked with Derek in the DMMP studio. They nurtured and fed the essential seeds of the tunes Nina brought in support her abundantly deep lyrical content. The result is a quality and fascinating album.

We share here some sample clips from the album, which is fully loaded with ten highly artistic collaborations produced by Derek Mason in the autumn of his life. It’s a timeless album in several ways, and will stand the test of time, despite its obscurity at the time of this writing.

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Please go to Nina Winkler’s iTunes page where you can learn more about Nina as an artist, and purchase her highly artistic recordings. The title track, “Let The Wind Take You Away,” features acoustic guitar by Nina — a perfect backdrop for the essence evoked in her song. Nina plays piano on several tracks, and Derek contributed various keyboard instruments, drums, bass, etc., throughout.

Here’s the teaser-trailer Nina published just before she released her debut album:

Derek Mason’s muses and music honoring a favorite Christmas tradition

Derek Mason’s muses and music honoring a favorite Christmas tradition

In late 2014 at one of the three last Christmas-time gatherings Derek Mason was able to attend, he reflected on “Las Posadas,” a Latin American Christmas Advent custom that had inspired him. Derek recalled how extended families took part in this humble tradition that re-enacted the Nativity drama of the Holy couple looking for a place to give birth to the infant Jesus. I captured this footage and some of the portraits in this at our friend Ted’s annual pre-Christmas gathering on December 13, 2014. I never thought to start recording this casual conversation until near its end. Although it’s just a snippet, I wanted to share it during this sacred season, as a memorial dedication to my dear late husband and to the beauty of humble family Christmas traditions throughout the world. Las Posadas Advent re-enactments, which started in Spain, are now more common throughout Mexico and Central American countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador where Derek twice traveled.

The music at the end of this short is “Ode to Our Lady” a 21/2 minute Spanish guitar piece Derek composed, performed and recorded in his home studio, circa 2002-2003. He had dedicated it to the Hispanic people’s love of the Mother of Jesus and the Holy Family

~ Anthea Mason