Because the parishes I have played at have a repertoire from the last 40 years, largely from As One Voice, I have blogged most of those songs over the last few years. The songs I am blogging now, either from OCP’s Guitar Accompaniment Book or from selections from other parishes with more traditional fare, are plugging gaps and are tending to be older tunes. I’ll have to find some modern tunes to balance this out I think.
This old hymn’s first two verses are by Isaac Watts and the third and fourth have an unknown author. The text and sheet music are here courtesy of our LDS friends.
This song from OCP’s Guitar Accompaniment Book circa 2005 is one I’m sure I sang as a youngster. It is by Richard Blanchard and the text is here. The sheet music can be purchased for download at OCP. It is suggested there for a rite of anointing but I’m not sure if it really a liturgical song at all.
I remember we sang it quite C&W.
I continued to be educated by Ryan’s parish with texts that are new to me often set to venerable hymn tunes.
This one is a 21st century plain speaking text by Christopher Idle, which can be found with the wonderful people at Hope Publishing. One of the tunes they suggest is ST DENIO, which is what is used at Ryan’s parish. I remember this tune from “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” from my Presbyterian childhood. It is a Welsh tune with no known author collected in the nineteenth century.
Chris’s parish sing this song by John Bell. It is in Gather Australia 401, but since my version doesn’t have chords I though I might have it one of his collections. Indeed it is in “Enemy of Apathy” which I have but that has no chords either. It helpfully notes that “simple chords played or strummed under the voice help to keep the unity of the song.” While I love the work of John Bell he infuriatingly overestimates the musical skills of others.
The sheet music is available at GIA and the text is here.
Anyway I made up some simple chords.
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As One Voice: The Next Generation
This book is hugely recommended and I suggest you go to the AOV site and buy a copy.
Mason’s “Mass of Glory and Praise”
To access my backings for Paul Mason's mass go to Feb 2011 in the archive.