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SOMETHING ABOUT MAKING MUSIC

My first song

"Even when tiny melodes rose into my mind. I was always wondering, where they came from, because I didn't know them. Once I was encouraged to sing my songs to my friend and she was so enthusiastic about it, that after that 'singing our self-composed songs' was one of our favourite games.

The words of the songs changed when I was 14 years old. Then I found Him whom my heart so longed for: Jesus. He gave me all the answers and the confidence that they are true. Jesus became my greatests love and subject of my songs.

When I was fifteen I wrote my first song. Parents had put all of us to piano lessons and it now proved useful. The name of the song was 'Little song', which was first perfomed on Viking Line's cruise."

Composing

"The composing work began. I wouldn't have believed as a child that it becomes a work when I'm adult; a work that originates from the inmost, is written on a paper, played to the hearts. I put the phases of my life into worlds: different feelings, loneliness, pain, longing for God. The lyrics told about growth in God's new world slowly, step by step: feeling, contrition, repentance, finding Jesus, getting mercy, wonderful joy! The nearer I came to God, the more powerful songs were born.

Some songs quite suddently began to play in the head. Then I interrupted my work and ran to the piano to write the notes and words down. If I didn't do it, the melody playd its time and stopped; although I thought, I didn't remember it in the evening anymore. Finally I learnt, that if God gives a song, I must be thankful for it, and swifly scamper to some instrument. I withdrew into solitude and played melodies picking out words as talking to God. Then something enormous is happening deep inside, even as if the great God would come quite near the human. Somethimes tears stop the playing and I have to stop for a while at the words."

That moment

"God spoke to me through my compositions. Somethimes I found the answers from my own lyrics just for the problem, which I happened to think about. As I noticed how the music brought me powerfully towards God and how it blessed my life I thought it's selfish to keep that blessing only for myself. I talked about that to the real 'music man' Harri Sampakoski. We becan to perform songs at different occasions and visits. People came to tell, that 'something' touched them, 'something' made their heart to long for God. That 'something' was the Spirit of God, who called people to God.

After many years it finally came time to release my compositions, which amounted to dozens. I was 25 years old, when the first Cd consisting of my compositions was released: Voice of God 'Uusi Sydän (in Enghlish New Heart)'. That moment at Tullikamari in Tampere was incredible. God had given a gift to me and now I finally could use it for his glory.

Harri Sampakoski acquired an own studio, where we can more profoundly work on music. In Nowember 2001 another Cd consisting of my compositions, Siskot 'Hyvää Joulua' (in Enghlish Sisters 'Merry Christmas'), was released. And then in 2002 the third Cd: 'Hän' (in Enghlish 'He') by the band Seven."

The treasure

"Once a singer was asked at interview: You sing in your song 'Do you believe in love after love'. Now how is it, do you yourself believe in love after love? The singer looked at the interviewer confused and said: 'I have never thought about that.' I can't myself undestand that answer, because I myself 'live' the songs which I sing both at the recordings, in performances and in my own life. Therefore I could not sing about anything but what I believe to be 100% true.

I have been able to participate in record-making already for many years. The wonderful world of music has slowly opened its doors to me. You start to know what it's useful to do and what's not, how you get your thoughts on paper and finally how you get it even sound like you want. The direction must always be upwards, in every meaning of the word. I hope that God would speak to people through my songs so that they could find that treasure, which I myself have found: Him."

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