Currently I’m working on about two dozen original songs — several of which I have already released in these formats:
(49-sec sample) “Jesus is Light” musically paints a playful, youthful, biblical perspective of Heaven: No more sickness. No more sorrows. No more pain. And no more evil!
Release Date: Feb 25, 2022
(39-sec sample) I penned the melody & Christmas-spirited lyrics in my head before they ever hit a piece of paper or got keyed into my computer — I did so while driving my car (just after picking up diving equipment for my son’s ocean dive the next day)!
Release Date: Nov 26, 2021
(37-sec sample) 28-track instrumental. Written as a baroque period, Bach-like 2-part invention. But techno-rock souped up into an electronic rock chiptune with the ambiance of a crisp, 21st century Viennese winter.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2020
(51-sec sample) Reading through Rev. 15 one morning in the late ’90s, I was struck by verses 3 & 4 — the ‘Song of Moses and The Lamb.’ Instantly the Holy Spirit dropped the chord progression and melody into my heart.
Release Date: April 26, 2021
(42-sec sample) Resting on top of a driving mixture of American country pop rock and African American-influenced honky-tonk ragtime, the lyrics for “Chris ’n Iz” recount two perspectives of the 1492 Columbus journey, resolving in a patriotic “God bless the U.S.A. ...”
(30-sec sample) Joyful, upbeat pipe organ postlude; first of three pieces in the “Trinity of Praise” trilogy composed by Roger Peterson in 1986 on the digital pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Master, Brooklyn Center MN.
Album cover photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash (Dissen-Striesow, Germany).
(34-sec sample) This 2nd of my 3-piece compilation of jubilant pipe organ music I composed in 1986 on the digital pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Master when I lived in Minnesota.
Album cover photo by Joe Beda on Unsplash (Hallgriimskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland)
(39-sec sample) This 3rd of my 3-piece trilogy of upbeat pipe organ music I composed in 1986 on the digital pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Master when I lived in Minnesota. I recently completed all three pieces here in my home studio in Florida.
Photo by Jan-Willem van Braak on Unsplash.
Short and light ... a peaceful 2-minute piano ballad passionately caressed with romantic highlights. The affectionate first movement makes its tranquil appearance in Ab, then gently transposes to Db for a restful, soothing second movement culminating into a peaceful ending.
I wrote the song growing up in Iowa, played it live for the first time at an after-work bar in Minneapolis — finally recording it in my Orlando home studio during the Fall of 2022. My wife Melanie helped film this fabulous video in early December 2022.
“Don’tcha Know (Your Face Looks Like...) - A Hillbilly Love Song” Official Music Video. Music & Lyrics © Roger Paul Peterson 1973, 2012. Picture a guy & gal tossing love barbs back ’n forth in a smoke-filled Texas honky-tonk dive, accompanied by an old, rickety ragtime piano. You’re shocked! In spite of their obvious, glaring flaws, they still love each other anyway! Even though his “nose looks like a fishhook” and even though she “sings just like ’m dwag … I don’t care, whatcha might be, ’cause you’re still a honey to me!” Love, after all, is much more than a feeling. It’s a choice.
I wrote “Jesus is Light” because I long to see other people around the world give serious consideration to the claims of Jesus, and the reality of Heaven or Hell when we die. “Jesus is Light” paints a playful, youthful, Biblical perspective of heaven: No more sickness. No more sorrows. No more pain. And no more evil! Instead what we’ll find is God’s perfect love. Complete joy. Total peace. All this and much more! — for an eternity. Questions about Heaven or Hell when you die?
Complete with lyrics! Using all 31 original tracks I recorded in 2020 for my instrumental version, I added the stunningly talented vocalist Anne Lise from Denmark (now living in Nashville, Tennessee). She gave me 7 dazzling vocal tracks, using the melody and lyrics I wrote for this song in October 2020. I actually penned the melody/lyrics in my head before they ever hit a piece of paper or were entered into my computer files. I did so while driving my car, just after picking up diving equipment for my son’s ocean dive the next day.
Reading through the 15th chapter of the book of Revelation one morning in the late ’90s in the living room of my home in Minneapolis, I was struck by verses 3 and 4 which comprise ‘The Song of Moses and The Lamb.’ Almost instantly the Holy Spirit dropped a chord progression and melody into my heart, so I moved over to my wife’s piano and immediately wrote the music and melody/lyrics — verse, chorus, bridge — to “MIGHTY Your Deeds.”
“Wintertime in Vienna” (instrumental version) by Roger Paul Peterson (that’s me!) is my official music video from RogerPaulPetersonMusic.com. “Wintertime in Vienna” expresses a musical capture of the breath-taking ambiance of a crisp, invigorating, 21st century Viennese winter. The song is a juxtaposition of fast-moving, meticulous precision music from the 17th/18th century European baroque period intertwined with the techno-rock kick of souped-up, 21st century electronica.
It was a routine day during my 1973/1974 school year at Iowa Central Community College. One of my music instructors handed out an assignment to write a baroque period, 2-part invention. Having already played several of Bach’s 2-part inventions, I had no problem with the assignment. Using the mimeograph notation paper supplied by the school, I went home and in no time penciled out my 20-measure music class assignment. And my instructor gave me an “A.” I saved that particular assignment because there was something about it that felt like it had more potential than just a simple class grade. But … life seemed to get in the way for the next 47 years!
“Chris ’n Iz—A Columbus Day National Ragtime” official music video with lyrics, from RogerPetersonMusic.com featuring Roger Paul Peterson (all keyboards, midi instruments & programming), with brief cameos from recording session musicians Blake Givargidze (drums — Orlando, Florida), Jason Schoolmeesters (male/lead vocal — Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Dick Tunney (accordion — Nashville, Tennessee).
The 3rd and final of three official music videos by RogerPaulPetersonMusic.com for the “Trinity of Praise—The Complete Trilogy (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)” pipe organ music originally composed by Roger Paul Peterson in 1986 and recorded Spring 2020. YouTube video by RogerPaulPetersonMusic.com © 2020. This video may be shown in churches, praise events, homes or wherever it gives glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Six minutes behind the scenes! The pipe organ music of “Trinity of Praise” has been a 34-year journey coming to completion May 2020. This video (shot with my hand-held iPhone) gives you a peak into how the Lord allowed me to write, record and produce these three pipe organ pieces. It all began growing up as a preacher’s kid in the amiable small town of Dayton, Iowa, where I had ready access to an incredible piano and pipe organ at church. The journey continues to Minneapolis, Minnesota, finally concluding in my home studio near Orlando, Florida.
My official music video for the 1st of three pipe organ pieces (No.1—The Father) from “Trinity of Praise—The Complete Trilogy.” Pipe organ music composed and copyright 1986 on an Allen Digital Pipe Organ at Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and recorded in 2020 in Orlando, Florida by Roger Paul Peterson. (Music video produced using iMovie July 2020 by Roger Paul Peterson.)
7-time “Dove Award” winner and 2017 “Gospel Music Hall of Fame” Christian artist Steve Green performing in “The Grove” (outdoor worship venue of Live Oaks Community Church, The Villages, Florida) — with Roger Paul Peterson conducting the 40+ voice choir.
My official RogerPetersonMusic.com music video for the 2nd of three pipe organ pieces I composed in 1986 in Minnesota, and finally produced, recorded and mixed Spring 2020 here in Florida (mastered by EmoryMastering.nl, The Netherlands, May 2020). I produced this video using iMovie in June 2020.
Copyright © 2020, 2021, 2022 Roger Paul Peterson, dba Roger Paul Peterson Music, LLC — Orlando Florida USA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Homepage headline adapted from J.S. Bach. Featured photo shots of Roger Peterson & Keyboards thanks to Matthew Peterson and Bruce Wilson Photography.
Cornerstone Family Church Worship Band photo thanks to Beth Minks. Album cover photos thanks to Denny Müller, Joe Beda, Jan-Willem van Braak, John Salvino, Franck V on Unsplash; and Bruce Wilson Photography. Upright player piano thanks to Bob Beauchamp (Chime&Time). Columbus photo thanks to history.com
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