Hammond B3 is going to Illinois

Posted in Inspirational, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2010 by robcassels

I decided to take the organ to Illinois with me to the Cornerstone Festival.Everybody is using “keyboards,”to make organ sounds in live concerts and on recordings.The so called “duplicate sounds,” are cheesy at best.Ever notice Greg Allman always uses the real Hammond organ in his shows?World class groups like “Deep Purple,”now deceased Billy Preston and all the great classics used the real thing.

Everyone says”you gonna move that thing,that will be a lot of work.”Well just call me the hardest working man in the music ministry.Once I get it on the stage an up and running the crowd will know the difference.It’s time to give our God the best we can do.I can certainly do this for his glory.

Organ on the road


Pearl of Great Price

Posted in Family, Inspirational, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by robcassels

I got this title to a song long time ago”Pearl Of Great Price.”After all these years I finally wrote the song.It turned out to be a minor key blues tune with a few good punchy chord changes.With my graveley voice it reminds me of kinda Stevie Ray or BB King.

The lyrics are inspired by the parables Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13:44 and 45,the hidden treasure and the pearl.The man that bought the field to have the treasure represents the believer that discovers the kingdom of heaven and realizing it’s incomparable worth sells all that he has to buy the field and own the treasure.I thought in the next parable( verse 45 ,)the merchant was also the believer.

The first lyrics are,”Pearl of Great Price,in the carpenters field/Gave all that he had to know it for real”.In my excitement(remember I have tried to write this tune for years,)I called the bass player Darrell Thompson.Now Darrell is a analytical sorta guy.He gets out his study bible and looks up the verses.

In his study bible the comments are researched back to the original Greek and Hebrew meanings of the words.The comment on the man who found the treasure in the field said “the man represents the believer finding the kingdom of Heaven”.The comment on verse 45 says the merchant finding the pearl of great price is God himself.This blew Darrell and I away.God sold all he had to buy the pearl of great price.That is you and me brothers and sisters(For God so loved the world,he gave his only son).

I had to change the lyrics a little.Now it is “Pearl of great price,in the carpenters field/gave all that he had,to know us for real”.I have asked many theologians who they think the merchant is and so far they all think he is the believer.Just thank the merchant he thinks of you as a “Pearl of Great Price”.

You Carried His Cross

Posted in Family, Inspirational with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by robcassels

You were just a traveler,only passing through

When they seized you in the crowd

Why did God pick  you

I’ll never know I’ll never know

But I thank God for you

What were you thinking while carrying his cross

Did you know he was the Christ

The son of God

Was it heavy as they say

Was it rugged full of splint

Was the blood upon his shoulder

Stained into the wood

And did it soak onto you

Oh fortunate one

Oh fortunate you

When you reached Calvary hill

They nailed him on that tree

The one you carried up the hill

For all mans destiny

Did you know he was the Christ

The precious lamb of God

What did you think

What did you think

While carrying his cross

You were just a traveler,only passing through

When they seized  you in the crowd

Why did God pick  you

I’ll never know I’ll never know

But I thank God for you

copyright   2007  Rob Cassels

The Hammond B3 organ and the Blues #2

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by robcassels

Got request to explain how the organ works.Fist of all the Hammond is not really an “electronic” instrument.It works more like an old electric guitar.I just love things you have to crank up,like my Harley.On the old Hammond you have a start switch.You can hear it whine a few seconds and then you turn the on switch.The leslie speaker(more on that later),also begins to spin.Now when the tubes warm up it’s ready to rock,no it does’t shake or anything.

The reason the organ is more like an electric guitar is it works off all these wheels turning.The wheels have metal bumps on them that pass through an electro magnet.As it spins the more the bumps the higher the pitch of that tone.The result is like a flute tone.All these turn together and with the drawbars you can increase and decrease the harmonics.It has millions of slight variations.The best part is the percussion,allowing you to choose a third or second harmonic to “pop” off the note.

Now the leslie speaker is phenominal.On slow speed it is like a celestial sound and on fast it’s like totally excited and thrashing.All in all people just love the real thing the “Hammond B3.”This sound is as famous as the sound of the electric guitar.There is one in every real recording studio all over the US.Next time you hear a Gospel or old Yes tune with Rick Wakeman on organ or Need to Breathe or Allman Brothers ect.,Know that the Hammond helped put them on the charts.

The Hammond B3 and the Blues

Posted in Inspirational, Music with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by robcassels

Portugal 2009 at "Rock on Christmas"

With all the glut of “keyboards,” on the market few people consider where it all began.Before digital anything, stuff still had to get done.Pianos were tuned by ear and organs amplifed by vacum tubes.Rock and roll and blues are very closely kin.The drums drive the beat,The bass drives the bottom,guitars make it chunky and the Hammond makes it smooth.This I learned from a road trip with Mylon Lefevre.
Now I bought this organ from a neighbor 9 years ago to resale and turn a buck.After three years in my dining room my wife is weary of the thing (it is quite large),and wants it out.I asked God please help me sell it.God says no I want you to play it!
I put the organ in the church six years ago and guess who plays it every Sunday,that little ole organ picker me.

You have all heard the sound from the likes of Greg Allman,Rush,Yes,and about all Gospel music.God truly inspired Mr.Hammond when he came up with his invention.Thank you sir.

You Never Burn out on Jesus

Posted in Inspirational, Music with tags , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by robcassels

I remember a young lady working at a convienience store tell me one time that she used to be in a band as the lead singer.Really, I said ,do you still sing?She said with a sad face, nope I got nothing to sing about no more.Wow I never heard that response before,was kinda sad.I started then a new appreciation of the faith God has graciously given me.Man I can’t write enough songs to express the amazement and awe of the reality of the Gospel.This was when I thought,man you know you can burn out on everything but you will never,ever burn out on Jesus.Of course me being so thick headed I had to have a revelation to realize this,oh well that’s cool with me

So I figure in my search for the ultimate song I want to create ,who is it gonna be about?James Taylor talked about running out of inspiration long time ago and said it’s hard to compose songs good as the old tunes.

This is why I am so pumped about this.I don’t have to burn out.What about instead I soar on “Eagles Wings.”

The devils got the blues

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by robcassels

Rob Cassels, Steve Morse and David Hosler

Well here I am doing my first blog on this tiny computer,my big one is fried.The real problem is my big hands[built for whacking the  piano keys].My first records I will never forget mostly because in 1978 there was nobody doing blues southern Christian rock and roll,not really.We had the plug pulled and got shown the door many times because we exercised our right to make noise.Even when we would rehearse the rule was we played till the police came then we had to turn down.The cops were always nice and usually loved the music.By the time I’m ready to do my first record “Evening Pastoral”I heard of this guitar player,Steve Morse that would sound good on my tracks.After doing the first session with Steve I began to realize he must be the  greatest player in the world,well he was one of them for sure.The way Steve got his sound and tone back then was cool.He used an Ampeg V-4 turned it up to eleven and suggested you leave the room.It was difficult choosing which take to use on the solos.One was fantastic and one was incredible,the choice is ours.A little insight as to how Steve plays so well,he practices nonstop.While Steve is a gentleman and spends time enjoying the fellowship,after everyone goes to bed like three in the morning.Guess who stays up the rest of the night and exercises scales till the sun comes up.That is how you become great at the guitar and wind up playing with Kansas and Deep Purple{and rob cassels????????}oh well it is my blog.You can hear all this good guitar work also on “Kamikazie Christian”,I pretty much turned him loose on that one.

What I never thought would happen is to find a church that will let me sing.The one I have been at for eight years now loves rocking blues.Always on the lookout for new tunes I quickly threw some lyrics to a basic chord structure and bam out came the hit single “The Devils Got The Blues.”Well at least the church loves it.I tried to sell this Hammond B3,”with the Lesley 900″until God told me he really wants me to play it.When I tell people I’m a church organist they think that’s nice,but if they actually heard the way we play[some wore earplugs].We are working on the volume level.

So I really do think the Devil has the blues cause he knows he’s gonna lose,could’nt work out his plan all because of just one man………See I sneeked the lyrics in there.The word says like a roaring lion he seeks whom he can destroy and he sees his time getting short.That’s enough about him.Thank God our Lord and mighty savior Jesus is the stronger man in the parable that binds the enemy

Better go practice now I still have to play some of Dave Hosler’s riffs now.Thank  God for Sam Eakins.