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God Gives Good

by Todd Koeppen

God Gives Good isn't your typical Christmas album - it's a wild, genre-crushing ride through the Christmas story. From the John Mayer-ish title track to the hard soul sound of "Look for Messiah" Todd sacrifices uniformity to define the story's characters
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Look for Messiah
3:55 $0.99
2. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
2:46 $0.99
3. Prepare the Way
4:01 $0.99
4. God Gives Good
3:49 $0.99
5. The Savior is Born
3:32 $0.99
6. What Child is This
3:41 $0.99
7. My King and My God
6:28 $0.99
8. Enter the Lamb
4:13 $0.99
9. Angels We Have Heard on High
2:51 $0.99
10. All the Christmas I Need
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Production Notes.
“God Gives Good” was produced, engineered, and mixed by me (Todd Koeppen). While this isn’t the first album I’ve produced or engineered, it is the first one I’ve mixed. I asked a lot of advice from some very knowledgeable producers and players (basically everyone you see listed below) and learned a lot through the process. While they all signed off on it, and we’re all really proud of this product, I know that the next project will (at least sonically) be even better.
We recorded the drums at Carl Martin’s house. This turned out to be a very fortunate decision, as I later talked with some experts at Pacific Studios in Tacoma, WA and found out that one needs at least 1200 cubic feet of space to create drum ambiance. Carl’s house not only has that, it also has very high ceilings. We like our drum sounds on this album, and with improved mic techniques we’ve learned have been able to get an even better sound on the album we’re currently producing (we’ve been working on two albums simultaneously for about a year now – something I won’t do again).
We recorded live bass along with the drum tracks, but then re-did most of the bass parts later in the production process with Marc and Tony each being responsible for recording their own parts.
We recorded Art Bromage’s parts on three locations. Marc Miller recorded the “Look for Messiah” guitar parts at Cascade Hills Studio along with his bass parts. I recorded Art’s electric parts on “My King and My God” at Carl’s house (the “Aha!” moment when we found the starting note of the solo was a really cool experience), and the rest of his parts we recorded at his house.
All the rest of the parts (vocals, acoustics, additional electric guitars, all keys and soprano sax) not associated with “All the Christmas I Need” which we recorded at Marc’s in 2004, were recorded at my home studio, which we call Sewer Studios because there’s a big sewer pipe running through it. We closed it off in the closet, but we still know that it’s there.
The album cover is adapted from a hand-made Christmas card I received from Issa Rukundo, a Burundian boy who is sponsored through International Child Care Ministries. The original is made out of what looks to be cut out strips of bark or leaves. It’s pretty cool that his work, which was done from the heart, could go on to bless other people in ways that were beyond his intentions. My prayer is that this album cover will pique people’s interest and hopefully lead them to sponsor a child through ICCM or World Vision (or through any of the many programs that sponsor children throughout the world) because without sponsors like you, many of these children won’t eat every day and they won’t receive an education.
That’s pretty much all I can think of. I hope you enjoy the album. The rest of the production notes are below. Thanks for reading!
Recorded by Todd Koeppen at Sewer Studios and remote locations
Mastered by Stephen Sherrard at D-Bar Productions
Graphic Design by Todd Koeppen
Look for Messiah, The Savior is Born and All the Christmas I Need* (music and lyrics by Todd Koeppen)
Bass: Marc Miller Drums: Carl Martin Electric Guitar: Art Bromage Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals: Todd Koeppen
Prepare the Way and Enter the Lamb (music and lyrics by Todd Koeppen)
Bass: Marc Miller Drums: Carl Martin Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals: Todd Koeppen
God Gives Good and My King and My God (music and lyrics by Todd Koeppen)
Bass: Tony Rivera Drums: Carl Martin Electric Guitar: Art Bromage Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals: Todd Koeppen
What Child is This, Angels We Have Heard on High and O’ Come O’ Come Emmanuel
(Traditionals arranged by Todd Koeppen. Additional lyrics for O’ Come O’ Come Emmanuel written by Todd Koeppen)
Bass: Tony Rivera Drums: Carl martin Soprano Sax: Ray Coglas Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals: Todd Koeppen

*All the Christmas I Need produced and recorded by Marc Miller at Cascade Hills Studio; Backing vocals by Betty Kim

A HUGE THANKS to everyone listed above. When God dropped this into my lap and made it clear to me that I needed to learn the production side of the business I was overwhelmed, but you were all patient, kind and willing to do things over again whenever I screwed up. Marc, thank you for all the things you’ve taught me, for being my “production consultant” and for your (sometimes brutal) honesty. Shelley, Madelaine and Josiah, thank you for putting up with all of this and always offering your opinions and your support. Thank you to the people who’ve supported this ministry financially and through prayer. Last, but certainly not least, Thank you God for everything!



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