My Music

I enjoy improvising melodies and chordal patterns on my keyboard and guitar. I often toy around with an idea until I am able to create (what I consider to be) an attractive phrase.

To ensure that I do not forget my new musical creation, I usually make an audio recording. Later, I revisit the idea to investigate if the melody still sounds the same to me. Many times when I take a break then return to the melody, new developmental ideas will come to me.

After I complete the composition I upload it to my computer to tweak the sound. Sometime during this process I work on the album cover art and then I upload it and the music file to They in turn submit it to 29 streaming service providers in 159 countries for free. They keep an eye out for songs that begin trending.

Then I advertise on Facebook, Google, and upload the audio file to a radio host named Paul at phoenixfm.

Through Facebook's demographics I can target a specific audience.  I like the way that Facebook lets me set a low budget, only charges me for conversions, and how it shows me some analytical information about the age, gender, and location of those who respond to my ads. While it is not very specific and certainly it does not include any personal information about my audience, it helps me to understand better who it is that I should aim to please the most.

I also try to reach customers through Google ads on the internet. Like Facebook, Google only charges me for customers that actually interact with my advertisement although the minimum price is higher.

Radio show host Paul at phoenixfm will promote any song that I upload and informs his 100,000 listeners in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States about me and my music. He has been quick to remind me that he cannot guarantee that his show will increase my streaming traffic, but I have noticed an increase whenever I have employed his services.

I appreciate Paul's candor and friendliness. His use of encouraging expressions and his descriptive presentation of the facts about my music and my business on his radio program "Rising Stars" appear very genuine and natural. I am impressed that recently when promoting my new song "Mayhem" he remembered that he had featured a couple of my songs earlier even though it was years ago. Whenever (or if ever, LOL) my business becomes profitable I intend to contract with him much more often. I found him at I only tried one of Paul's competitors once because the demographics of that man's audience was different, but I was not so nearly impressed with that man's service at all as I am with Paul's.

The Struggle song list includes various genres
(disco/rock, easy listening, classical, blues, Latin beat, solo piano, orchestral)
The Struggle - album of the instrumental songs are listed in alphabetical order
Abounding Glory - a melody on the piano depicting an old steam engine
BirDance - a dance beat with a rock lead guitar solo
Cool Mornings - a tone poem of a spring morning sunrise
Dusty Blue- a melancholy mood expressed on the piano
I'm Amazed - piano easy listening
Kali's Song - a guitar and flute
Let The Horses Run!
Light Blue Lite - a lively orchestral melody
Michele's Song - a piano solo
The Cinder Block- piano chordal piece
The Procession - a piece that adds instruments as it progresses
The Struggle - a Latin-style percussion piece
The Turn Style - a tone poem of the "daily grind"
'Twas The Gown - guitar & flute, a tone poem - a twirling sassy lass admiring her dress
Walking With You - piano solo, a vision of peace in heaven
Waves - piano solo. a tone poem of gentle waves washing up on the beach
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Here is a list of the thirty-two songs as presented on the album:

1. Medley (Are You Washed in the Blood, There's Within My Heart A Melody, When We All Get To Heaven)

2. This Train

3. At The Cross

4. The Lily of the Valley

5. Bless That Wonderful Name of Jesus

6. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

7. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

8. Faith Is the Victory

9. I Know Whom I Have Believed

10. Medley (Amazing Grace, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, When the Saints Go Marching In)

11. Down At the Cross

12. I Love To Tell the Story

13. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

14. My Jesus I Love Thee

15. Oh How I Love Jesus

16. Praise Him! Praise Him!

17. Sweet By and By

18. To God Be the Glory

19. Only Trust Him

20. Oh Happy Day

21. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

22. Wonderful Words of Life

23. There Is Sunshine In My Soul

24. We Have Heard the Joyful Sound

25. 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

26. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

27. Love Lifted Me

28. Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory of the Coming of the Lord

29. Holy, Holy, Holy

30. A Wonderful Savior

31. Near the Cross

32. All To Jesus I Surrender

All the original melodies are public domain, but my renditions of them are not. 

I composed and recorded Parousia at my home many years ago for a YouTube video that I created, but have since inadvertently deleted when I close one of my accounts. I decided to upgrade the song, but then learned that somehow I had also deleted my home recording tracks. (I think I may need to remove the "delete" key from my computer. Fortunately I had an audio recording and so I was able to recreate it all over again, except this time I use a real electric guitar. The first version was all done on my Roland Fantom G8 keyboard. It took me many hours over three weeks to learn how to play on the guitar what I had composed on the keyboard. The first (keyboard) version sounds technically far more precise, but the second (guitar) version is more authentic. I wish I could play the guitar as cleanly as the keyboard, hence the scowl on my album cover.  I think the new version is better. 

Listen to Parousia

I composed "Mayhem" along with several other songs (including "Lost" below) with the hopes of submitting them to an A&R music company, but was disappointed to learn that the company was only in the business of preying on hopeful musicians that had no contacts with empty promises. I learned my $250 lesson.

Listen to Mayhem

When composing "Lost" I was imagining the emtion I would feel of dreadful wonder while I was hopelessly drifting in outer space untethered to any heavenly body or spaceship.

Listen to Lost.

Rock Rose Album Cover, by Charles Van Deursen
Lacy Gold Album Cover, by Charles. Van Deursen

I had no idea how this song would turn out. I did not have a plan or emotion to express. Only after composing it did the picture of some kind of etherial golden lace laying on a table come to my imagination.

Listen to Lacy Gold.

While traveling I stopped to walk my dog and I was amazed that a small flower was able to grow in a seemingly most inhospitable location of a crack in a rock. I began thinking of a sound that would (in my opinion) represent such bold tenacity within a tender little plant. I don't know what kind of flower it was, but in my research I learned that the Rock Rose actually thrives in a similar environment.

Listen to Rock Rose.

Charles Van Deursen's Nashville Debut, by Michele Van Deursen