I first came into contact with Mr Eddie Lewis’ writings through his book, Daily Routines for Trumpet, which he was giving away free at the time. The internet in South Africa was still new and it was through this medium that we initially connected.
The first thing that struck me was a certain sense of peace which I experienced when playing through Eddie’s studies. This led to my using his materials with my students along with all the other obvious study materials out there. But somehow, I always found myself defaulting to parts of Eddie Lewis’ Daily Routines, drawn to the materials by the peace I experienced.
I have subsequently purchased and used many more of Mr Lewis’ materials. I have found a certain integrity in his writings that is difficult to put your finger on at first, but always evidences itself as that sense of inner peace I experienced when I first played his Daily Routines.
As a result of this experience, his materials have become the foundation of my personal playing and teaching method.
I had the privilege of meeting Eddie Lewis in person when he presented a master class for my students while he was in South Africa. I quickly understood the integrity which I sensed in his music, as his music is an extension of his own character. I found that same honesty and integrity in Mr Lewis.
I am particularly drawn by his work on the Lord’s Prayer in this publication. It reminds me of how the Lord Jesus saved my soul when another Christian musician testified to me and explained how each line of the Lord’s Prayer was actually a heading helping us to prioritize our prayer life. Eddie Lewis’ The Lord’s Prayer takes this simple truth one step further and includes the trumpet in this process of prayer.
So, while not all of Mr Lewis’s music is inspired by religious factors on the surface, I believe all his music is influenced by this deep, profound integrity and love for our Lord and Savior.
It is this integrity which draws me time and time again to his works for trumpet.
I am sure that you too, no matter what your convictions are, will appreciate the honesty found in each composition.