Several years ago, I was trying to figure out the melody of Miles Davis' "Tutu", a song which he named in tribute to Zimbabwe Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I could never get beyond the first two notes. The third and fourth notes that would follow were consistently the sequence you hear in the first phrase of the melody. I eventually gave in, and followed the music. Where it led was the melody line of "Timotheo".
As I proceeded to work out the melody, I began hearing it with a Latin flavor. This is what led to the rhythm section which was all first notated and orchestrated in Noteworthy (r) Composer software.
Working on the Latin (or Afro-Cuban) angle, the fact that "Tutu" was Miles' tribute to Archbishop Tutu came to mind, and I began thinking about Pastor Tim Gentle of Calvary Chapel North Jersey, Passaic, NJ. Pastor Tim has a passion for the Biblical mandate for pastors, which is to teach the Bible clearly and thoroughly, and thereby make disciples, not of himself, but of Jesus Christ. He also has a great(er?) passion for Spanish speaking cultures of Central and South America and the Caribbean, which is often referred to as Latin America.
Pastor Tim works with Straight Path Ministries of Hawthorne, NJ, in their foreign missions work. He joins assistant pastor and Straight Path Director Joe Nigro on trips to places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba and other countries in the area where they and groups of volunteers who have managed to raise their own support for these short-term (two to three weeks) missions trips encourage, strengthen and support the work of local faith communities. He does this at least once, usually twice each year.
So faithful is Pastor Tim to the call to Latin America, that in three years, I watched him progress from speaking little to no Spanish and needing a translator to preach to local Spanish communities to speaking, writing and reading Spanish so well that his sermon notes for these trips are in Spanish, and prepared using Spanish resources.
The people whom he faithfully serves in Latin America have affectionately renamed him "Timotheo".
A few years ago, one of the men in the church left with his wife of just over a year and their infant twins to serve as Academic Director of Fowler Academy, Guaynabo, PR. Jared and Vivianna Ramos are a young couple which, like Tim, serves with a passionate devotion to the work of ministry. Jared had just completed the requirements for certification as a school principal, and was already a tenured and highly respected and effective high school teacher.
Fowler Academy's mission, and this is directly translated from their website, is to "provide comprehensive education to small groups in a Christian environment. Along with the collaboration of the home, we can strengthen the academic, interests, values, and talents of our students so that they can overcome, achieve their goals, and respond to the demands of society." The school, which serves students in grades 7 through 12, was started in 1986, and despite limited funds (it receives no government funding) has managed to accomplish its mission, changing the course of many lives.
My wife, Delretha, and I were informed recently that the Ramos' were going to forego their stipend in order to retain teachers that would have to be discharged from the academy because of substantial shortfall in revenue. We would like to replace their stipend and support the academy.
Therefore, all of the proceeds from the sale of this track on CDBaby will be given to support the academy and the Ramos family.
I hope you enjoy this music and keep your eyes open for the full release of "Honors and Dedications". Also, be sure to tell your friends to listen and purchase.
Leon De Vose, II