My oldest memory of any kind is of music. I was only about three years old, so the scene is fuzzy around the edges, but in hindsight I realize that this is a memory of being in church. Not tall enough to see over the pew, I sat in awe, immersed in the sound of the invisible pipe organ and choir. Then, after we came home from church, I went to the piano in the living room. My mother picked me up and put me on the bench, because it was too high for me to climb up on, and, with one finger, I figured out the melodies of the hymns. From there, it was just a short step to making up my own melodies. I understand now that I was trying to make myself feel the same awe that I felt in church. In an innocent way, I was discovering inspiration for the first time. That was the beginning of my musical journey, and also the beginning of a spiritual journey, although I didn't know it at the time. Many years later I wanted to revisit those hymns and try to reawaken the feeling that I had when I was just three years old. Some of the tracks on 'Offering' are arrangements of the very same hymns that I first heard long ago, and some are original compositions inspired by my earliest memories of music.