Bless the Lord SAS 2/340

This song is pretty much a Christian version of Louie Louie. It is an adaptation of Psalm 103 by a committee comprising Dan Brennan, Marc Cavellero, Kevin Roth and Ken Canedo that makes me wonder how such a simple song requires so much input. I suppose it could be used for sending forth.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music (the same 4 chords over and over) can be purchased for download.

My backing is a guitar fest to which you will need to add vocals and handclaps.

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This cover has wonderfully mistimed clapping (BTW her challenge is a great idea):

Sounds great in Vietnamese and English, although this version is less Louie Louie and more Summer Nights from Grease.:

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All Glory to God SAS 2/339

I’ve moved on to the section on gathering and sending songs in Spirit and Song Vol 2, so hopefully there will be more songs with potential for liturgical use.

This is an interesting song that is sung by Kathy Troccoli and written by her and Robert White Johnson and William Cuomo. I can’t see how it is specifically a gathering or sending song, it seems just a fun praise and worship song really. Her version is a gentle reggae style song but the arrangement here is Matt Maher’s “GreenDay” style version which I suggest you ignore – especially the kazoos in the bridge!

The text is at spiritandsong. I couldn’t find the sheet music anywhere so you may have to just use Spirit and Song Vol 2.

My version is a fun and funky version that I think is more welcoming than Matt Maher’s aggressive one.

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Troccoli’s version is very nice:

Matt Maher’s is not to my taste:

This is useful – a melody free accompaniment track:

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I Rejoice SAS 2/338

This song by the very talented Sarah Hart and Kevin B Hipp is a reboot of the Magnificat I suppose. There are three verses with different tunes over the same chord progression, a bridge and a coda. The tune has very fiddly syncopations and is for all these reasons a solo vehicle with maybe a singalong chorus. Now since the song sings in the voice of Mary I wonder if it is even appropriate as a solo song. The tune itself really only gets interesting  in the coda. The original can be heard here with the harmony vocals prominent in the refrain.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased for download.

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This fair attempt does show how difficult the song is. It also sounds like they are using a click track that everyone is ignoring.

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My Lady SAS 2/337

Tom Booth wrote this Marian song.  It is a solo vehicle. The introduction is quite pretty but the sung part strikes me as a sappy love song but that’s just me. You can hear the original here.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased.

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This is a performance during a mass.

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Hail Mary: Gentle Woman SAS 2/336

I was surprised I’ve never blogged this song by Carey Landry before. I’ve certainly played this at masses in the past. It was one of those songs that had all the subtlety removed in the execution and it is not nearly as bad as I recalled it to be. The chords are quite delicate and the timings particular, or even fiddly. I don’t recall any of this coming across. It appears to be loved and hated in equal measure.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased for download. For some strange reason GIA have their arrangement here with a few notes changed although acknowledging Landry’s authorship – I find that odd.

My backing is a bit too country.

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Many other versions:

 

I could go on, but shan’t.

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Music for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 25th/26th October 2014

Entrance: Gather Your People (Hurd) AOV 1/71

Psalm 18 (O’Brien)

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I love you, Lord my strength.

Gifts: I Have Loved You (Joncas) AOV 1/126

Communion: Will You Love Me  (Boniwell) AOV 1/40

A New Commandment  (Unknown)

Thanksgiving: Only a Shadow (Landry) AOV 1/133

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

 

We are getting the hang of Mass of Glory and Praise by Paul Mason, so if this keeps up we can look at some new songs again soon.  For now it is still familiar hymns.

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Arrayed in Gold SAS 2/335

Spirit and Song Vol 2’s section of songs for special occasions offers some selections for devotion to the Virgin Mary (eg the Assumption), the first being Trevor Thomson’s “Arrayed in Gold”.

The text is at spiritandsong. It is from his “In This Place” CD but I can’t find it available as sheet music anywhere, so unless you have more luck than me, you’ll have to get it this collection. You can hear the original here.

My backing keeps it simple.

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If you having trouble with the long gaps listen to this:

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Sacred Silence SAS 334

This song is listed as for The Trinity in Spirit & Song Vol 2 special occasions songs but that is just part of verse one – the rest has application for reconciliation, Marian and more general applications.  It is a gentle prayerful meditative piece.

It is by Tom Booth and Jenny Pixler with Anthony Kumer contributing to the lyrics.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased for download.

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Holy, Holy, Holy SAS 2/333

This is a modern setting by Timothy R Smith of the old text by Reginald Heber. I sang this as a child to the usual tune NICAEA by John B Dykes and pleasant though Smith’s setting is, I’m not sure this tune is up to replace Nicaea although it does have some have some subtle echoes of the traditional setting.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased for download.

 

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Saints of God SAS 2/332

This has a pretty tune.  It is another song for the saints, this time by Bob Hurd.

The text is at spiritandsong where the sheet music can be purchased for download. You can hear the original here.

My version has a little more pep.

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