Your Beauty God

This is David Haas’s setting of Mary Louise Bringle‘s enchanting text.

I only discovered who wrote the words when I found a sample page on the GIA site that was very well hidden. I had made up some simplified chords for the tune before I saw the real music and while I guessed a fair few of them my arrangements is pretty basic compared to Haas’s sophistication.

You can purchase this in a collection called  God Never Tires at GIA. You can listen to  the whole song there as well. To see the text scroll down to Hymn Tunes of David Haas – Volume Two and open the preview to page 6.

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If We Speak

This is another very recent David Haas song, this time based on readings from 1 Peter.

The text lends itself to a recessional. The verses are written for a cantor but they are not beyond an assembly despite the variations from verse to verse.

The sheet music can be purchased at GIA where the lyrics are in their preview.

My backing is a little dramatic.

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I Will Follow You by Peter Grant

Peter Grant has sent a wonderful new song. He said this about it:

I promised to send some recent compositions. Here is my latest, based on texts from John 6:68; Ps 24 (25) and Ps 119 called “I Will Follow You”.

I think it would be appropriate for commitment, reconciliation and school liturgies as well as general use.

Willow has a demo excerpt mp3 plus the music, but it’s not online pending their website update that Mon has told me will be ready soon. Anyway, I’m sure Shenay (orders@asonevoice.com.au) will be happy to supply the music if anyone requests it by email.

He said I could put up the text and I made a basic backing to sing along with to learn it. The tune is most singable.

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I Will Follow You

Music: Peter Grant, Chris Currie
Lyrics: Peter Grant. Inspired by John 6:68; Ps 24 (25): vv. 4, 5, 10; Ps 119: (120) v. 105

Refrain:
I will follow you, wherever you lead me;
for you are the light guiding my path.
If my feet should stray or stumble along the way,
take my hand, O Lord, and lead me once more to you.

Verse 1.
Make me know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, in you I trust.

Verse 2.
All your paths are steadfast love and faithfulness.
Let my eyes be ever turned to you.

Verse 3.
Lord, to whom else could we go,
for you alone have the words of everlasting life.

Copyright © 2017 Peter Grant. All rights reserved.
Published by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd, PO Box 1063 Dee Why NSW 2093 Australia. All rights reserved.

He also sent his own backing track, that has a lovely woodwind part starting in the second verse:

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He also sent an Sibelius demo as well:

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Music for the Thirty-third Sunday in ordinary Time 18th/19th Year A November 2017

Entrance: Christ be Our Light (Farrell) AOV 2/3

Psalm 127 (McKenna)

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Happy are those who fear the Lord.

Gifts: A Trusting Psalm (Bates) AOV 1/115

Communion: Table of Plenty (Schutte) AOV 2/20

Thanksgiving: God of Day and God of Darkness (Haugen) AOV 1/56

Recessional: We Are Called (Haas) AOV 2/60

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My Only Desire

One of the joys of the recent APMN conference at Perth was hearing David Haas play some of his newer tunes.

I like this one but the chorus goes awfully high for an assembly so it might be more a solo or choral piece.

The sheet music can be purchased at GIA where the text is in their preview.

My backing does not have the key change for the last verse.

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Haas’s version is slower that the sheet music indicates and makes my backing sound rather too jaunty.

You can hear him introduce the song and sing it live here.

A choir learning the song:

 

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Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled

This is another of the songs by David Haas with which I was not familiar.

This is based on John 14 and is suitable for Easter or funerals or perhaps as a thanksgiving song.

The sheet music is at GIA where the text is in their preview and can also be found at Hymnary.

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Steal Away

This is David Haas’s arrangement of the spiritual “Steal Away”.

So no-one gets the wrong idea, this is what he achieves with his a capella arrangement, that can be purchased at GIA.

 

The tune and lyrics, if not this arrangement, are public domain and all over the internet, for example, here and at Hymnary.

A backing for an a capella arrangement is the musical equivalent of the Emperor’s new clothes, so I ignored that and made a backing for any arrangement other than Haas’s.

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This is special:

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What Can I Leave Behind

This is a very recent song in which David Haas sets a text by Mennonite hymnist Adam Tice. Hass played it at the APMN conference in Perth but it isn’t available for purchase at GIA yet.

The text is here.

I made a backing but guessed the chords.

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It is very moving.

 

Tice’s blog is worth looking up.

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You Are Always Present

I’m tackling the David Haas songs from his recent presentation in Perth that were unfamiliar to me.

This is like a Taize chant, which is not surprising because Haas was inspired by the words of Brother Roger the founder of Taize to write this song. The assembly gets to sings the refrain over which the verses can be sung by a cantor.

As always the sheet music can be purchased at GIA where the text is in their preview.

I always struggle with backings in this style.

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A Christmas Lullaby by Peter Grant revisited

A couple of years ago I posted about this lovely song by Peter Grant.

Peter has sent some real music to get a proper idea how it sounds in practice.

SATB with accompaniment:

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A backing track:

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… at St Finbarr’s, Glenbrook:

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Once you realise that this is just the song you need for Christmas in your parish you can purchase the sheet music at As One Voice.

 

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