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Making a difference through music and collaboration
Making a difference through music and collaboration
My wife Marian and I will celebrate 29 years of marriage this year. We have four children, Mark, Madison, Damaris and Aaron Jr. In our years together, we have called Arizona, Wisconsin and California home. Our family is diverse. We believe that diversity is a blessing. We've met and made friends with many good people in communities across this nation from Arizona to Wisconsin and now California. Everyday is a lesson in holding on, forgiving and seeing God in each other. Peace and Good - aaront.
This composition was one of my first. I remember the lyrics came to me as I drove from Sedona to Phoenix on a rainy day. It is for Lent.
Psalm 54. Saul was desperate to find David. David and his men were running and weary from flight. Seeking rest, David and his men stopped among a people called the Ziphites who betrayed him, giving away his location to Saul's men. Early in the psalm, David pleads with God, but soon lays aside fear to sing a song of thanksgiving and joy
The song "Blessed One" by Aaron Thompson combined with beautiful images by Br. Mickey McGrath and prayers from Fr. Richard Fragomeni in the acclaimed art book "Blessed Art Thou". Share with the special women in your life this Marian month of May especially on Mother's Day. Art book and song available at https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/blessed-onea-thompson-print-008338
A setting of psalm 93, I was blessed to work with Cliff Petty and Tom Jefferson on bringing a gospel flavor to this psalm. Grateful to Ed and Karen Bolduc on making the recording as joyful as the words.
The first two sounds I remember hearing as a small child in Chicago were the singing voices of my mother and father. My mom Yvonne had a beautiful classically trained voice and my father no formal training but would sit at the piano and croon the vocal stylings of Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole.
The soundtrack of Aaron Thompson’s childhood was an eclectic mixture of Classical, RnB, Calypso, Broadway Musicals and Jazz. Thompson developed a deep love for music and began playing the trumpet after moving to Scottsdale AZ in 4th grade. “Soon after, I learned to play more instruments and eventually took up singing.”
Those early days surrounded by all styles of music were enough to not only stimulate the imagination of a young African American Catholic child living on the South side of Chicago, but to develop a sincere love for the liturgy, and pastoral music.
Music lifts our spirits and communicates matters of the heart. Soon after moving to Sacramento, I noticed homeless people all around. A little research revealed there are over 150,000 homeless in California and 11,000 of them are American Veterans. I immediately felt overwhelmed. The Welcome Home Project was my way of using my gifts to touch the community in a physical way. I love people, and music, so I put them together! Welcome Home brought 24 singers from Sacramento together to sing and highlight Veteran homelessness with a song I wrote called Welcome Home. The response was humbling. We had people all ages, races and faiths come together to make the music video to say "Sacramento Cares".
The newest project from Aaron Thompson is a musical mission to bring good-will and holiday cheer to First Responders. The album harkens back to the simpler times of friends and family drawing near around the holiday season. Better Angels is a well-crafted collection of Christmas favorites and original songs to warm the heart and soul.
Woven throughout this holiday project is the joyful work of many volunteers who assembled baskets, baked cookies and partnered with me to deliver a message of thank you to 1000 first responders during Christmas 2020. Special thanks to: Sue Coleman, Damaris Thompson, Kate Ellis, Barbara Collins, Lori and Dan Toomey, Becky and J.B. Sherrill, Michael Ochoa, Sacto Cali Rocks and the many donors to the Better Angels gofundme page.
THERE IS A LIGHT is an enthusiastic response to Pope John Paul II ‘Letter to Catholic Artists”.
Reignite a fervor for great art and theater that announces Advent with flair, comedy, faith and vision. Meet the students (roles) of St. Veronica Catholic School in Universal Town: Novena, Blaise, Xavier, Vesper, Iggy, Cruz, Pieta, Cosmos, Mrs. Veras and many more.
Participation for Students and Parents:
I created There is a Light as a challenging theatrical event to bring Catholic parishes with schools together for the "church new year". Bring your parishioners back to Catholic School again! The script and music take us on an inspiring, quirky, theological journey through themes of Advent.
Fundraising for your School:
There is a Light is the perfect Fall fundraiser.
T.I.A.L Catholic School production will demands commitment from students, parents and parish.
We are all familiar with the School Christmas Pageants offered in the midst of Advent just prior to Christmas break, this is not one of those pageants.
Contact me to review the script and hear the pre-recorded song tracks.
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The Church and the world need hear the urgent invocations and passionate supplications of this ancient prayer. My setting for the litany uses a large choir, a small schola, a horn section, harpsichord, strings, bass, drums, organ, and vocal soloists with musical styles ranging from Latin chant to gospel, choral polyphony to funk, and free vocal improvisation. thank you to the musicians. It is lengthy, so grab a seat and some wine. Saints of God, pray for us.
Check out this great video. Can we start again? No easy answers to the struggles in our country surrounding race and the dignity of the human person. We can have respectful conversations.
Forward to the Cross is project that came alive with the faces and lives of friends from Mexico, Poland and right here in the USA. This video project is dedicated to the Church.
WELCOME HOME is dedicated to saying thank you to our men and women who have served our country as soldiers. Whether they are returning this year or came home decades ago, they deserve a rousing "welcome home" and a thank you! I'm grateful to Sacramento Musicians Meetup and St. Mel singers who joined me for the recording. Welcome Home shines a light on the difficult subject of homelessness in American Veterans.
Pure Holiday Cheer for young and old this year.
A HOLIDAY FAVORITE WITH A NEW TWIST!