There are times when he envies the life on the Other Side of the River and tested his commitment, but deep down there’s a calm assurance that tells him that It is well with his soul.He longs for Shakina Glory at all times, be it while he sings the Zion Song in adoration of the divine or while creating Origami in leisure. And it is music, he says, that sustains faith as he continues to travel amidst the curse of Pandora’s Box.
Canaan Caravan is not one season collection of the artist, rather, was written and compiled over a decade mostly in the early 2000s. It encompasses different genres like ballad, rock, latin, country, funk, jazz, and blues. True to Obed’s belief the album seeks to connect with the Higher power through music. Along with the larger vision for Peace and Harmony amongst all people reflected in his signature track A Cry for Peace, it also includes favorites like Rib of My Frame and Amazing Grace.
Here is an excerpt from his interview which was taken after the release of his Album in Songdew.
How did you go about creating these tracks?
The songs usually started with a guitar riff , a chord progression or a melody line on the keyboard when I’m fiddling around. Then I flesh out the structure and start laying down the other tracks.
How long did it take you to compose and create the music?
Sometimes the whole song comes in a flow and takes just a week to finish. Other times it could even take months depending on the complexity of the song.
Is there a definite technique as to how you develop and work out a new song?
There is no definite technique as such. It depends a lot on how I feel at that point of time. Sometimes a melody comes to me first and I go on adding rhythms and chord progressions or it happens the other way round.
Which one is your favourite out of all the tracks and why?
These songs were written over the past decade and each song came from a different time period with a certain theme driving it. So each had their special moments at the time they were recorded. Some songs which are technically challenging for me are Arrows by Night, Canaan Caravan, Amazing Grace and Origami.
What according to you are the factors which differentiate and make the music of band stand out?
Well, it’s a guitar instrumental album which is not very common. And it has a good mix of different styles or genres ranging from country to metal with fusion and blues thrown in for good measure. Hopefully, everyone can find something they like no matter what their taste.
Any message for budding artists who create their own music that you would like to share,based on your learning and experience as an artist?
Keep practicing, hone your skills, stick to the instrument that you are most comfortable with (also considering vocal as an instrument). Be patient and humble. Try to record your ideas. It could turn out to be gold or just junk . Keep an open mind when it comes to learning or criticism.