Description of Morning Meditation by James Cockerham
This 10-song Christian instrumental CD of quiet, soothing music is the culmination of nearly two years of work.
It began in 2000 after Cockerham stopped brushing aside suggestions from members of From the Heart Church Ministries of Atlanta in College Park, Georgia, where he has been minister of music for six years.
“Church members would come to me after service and ask if I had thought about recording a Christian instrumental CD,”he said. “At first, I just smiled and said, 'no.'”
When he finally decided to listen to the requests, the project took on a life of its own. Cockerham, who plays keyboard, said he thought first of doing contemporary gospel- songs you can move to and get up and dance to- but late one night, he realized the value of the other side. “There is beauty in quietness,” he said. “There is beauty in simplicity. You don't have to have everything just coming at you.”
He decided then to produce a quiet CD, devoted to relaxation and meditation. It was not an easy task. “It was difficult writing quiet music,” he said. “How do you make people relax?”
The CD features nine of the familiar hymns that Cockerham grew up with in the church and the original song, “Morning Meditation,” which he wrote two years ago. He arranged and played all the songs on the disc. On the title track, Cockerham, who has never been to Africa, said he pictured beautiful Victoria Falls and tried to capture its beauty in the music.