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'All People that on Earth do Dwell'

Grand and stately Psalm 100, sung to 'Old Hundredth'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=us2O62TTqYA - the Vaughan Williams arrangement, with its wonderful harmonic twists. (I have my own organ last verse arrangement for this, harmonies less wonderful but more riotous.)

(21/09/2020)

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'All People that on Earth do Dwell'

Grand and stately Psalm 100, sung to 'Old Hundredth'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=us2O62TTqYA - the Vaughan Williams arrangement, with its wonderful harmonic twists. (I have my own organ last verse arrangement for this, harmonies less wonderful but more riotous.)

(20/09/2020)

'Take my Gifts'

Thought-provoking lyrics, set to a well-written tune. Typical Bernadette Farrell, in other words. (This is one I prefer to lead informally from the guitar.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzBphGKtrTg - album recording (it's from 'Go Before Us', and the song is published in the book of the same title).

(19/09/2020)

'Father in Heaven how we Love You'

Not the easiest rhythm for a congregation to get hold of, but a good worship song, whether it gets smoothed out or not!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pWINTctJVc - nice rendering, with the obligatory chorus repeat modulation... plus a nice little twist at the end.

(18/09/2020)

'Come let us Worship Jesus'

Plenty to do on keyboards in this one. I tend to start with piano sound and finish with the kitchen sink, stately on the organ. For a additional synth line in a big enough band, it's brilliant with the Charang.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mGR7QNm0Go - album recording (of live rendering).

(17/09/2020)

'All Who are Thirsty (Come Lord Jesus, Come)'

Song with a gentle opening and a powerful chorus that you can build on.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaqwB1K0ggA - gets taken down to the right level after the introduction.

(16/09/2020)

'The Trumpets Sound'

Great fun, and a great excuse to mix in the steel drum sounds prominently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=izym6R3vlF4 - the original Kendrick recording from Make Way for the Cross

(15/09/2020)

'Bless the Lord'

A Kenyan song collected by John Bell. Best sung with a cantor calling 'in the gaps' for engagement - good fun.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3opAaLk9kQ - An example of usage from 'the album of the book'.

(14/09/2020)

'Now thank we all our God'

A great hymn of praise and thanksgiving.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGMuJ4U7zT8 - Lincoln Minster School choir, with beautiful phrasing.

(13/09/2020)

'Say the word '

Song of encounter and healing from Stuart Townend. In terms of accompaniment, less is more.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZ2ccaRCkQ - studio recording.

(12/09/2020)

'Halleluya! we sing Your praises'

Lively praise song, works well as a post-communion / sending out song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQnrPcPqsKI - a choral take on it.

(11/09/2020)

'Come and see'

Well-known song for Passiontide and at communion

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gizXMaQ7Y5o - a Graham Kendrick recording from 2011.

(10/09/2020)

'The splendour of the King (How great is our God) '

Very popular song of the early 21st century.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBD18rsVJHk - Chris Tomlin recording.

(09/09/2020)

'The love of God comes close'

A communion song, or leave a verse out and use it at other times.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j66_juHbJs - solo voice and guitar.

(08/09/2020)

'It's your blood'

A good communion song, taken gently, with a good role for a piano.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLoXae0kQQI - complete with percussion. It moves along.

(07/09/2020)

'And can it be?'

A good, solid old Wesley hymn, and a great tune. My take on this (on organ) is to follow the words carefully and explore the full dynamic range over five verses, building to roof-raising at the end.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQeIGbKqiw8 - from Songs of Praise, nicely paced, but as ever, a verse short.

(06/09/2020)

'Within the Veil'

A 1970s golden oldie, worth hanging on to.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFo7AETAXG4 - album recording - nicely done, but with different, less varied chords to those I use.

(05/09/2020)

'He Came Down'

A song from Cameroon - useful at Advent and at other times.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PKMuSs_OEs - album recording - it says 'songs for Children', but these songs are fine for everyone.

(04/09/2020)

'Litany of the Word'

An Advent liturgy, but it's a pity to confine it to such a short season. It's repetitive if you just listen, but very powerful and inspiring if you participate.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tprf4CfkG_g - a recording with two cantors sharing the role.

(03/09/2020)

'Strength will rise'

Upbeat song, with a strong rhythm and variety of melody.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=egPS5aZZHrg - album recording.

(02/09/2020)

'On the Cross'

Standard communion repertoire - one of Geoff Baker's more well-known songs. It's very hard to find recordings of Geoff Baker songs on Youtube, or I'd feature more.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdHGc4ncZAg - we have several songs from this album in repertoire.

(01/09/2020)

 

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