Jesus Christ, You Are My Life SAS 2/349

This song with versions in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Vietnamese looks like it had something to do with World Youth Days.

The tune is by Marco Frisina who also wrote the Italian and French text as well as the English refrain.  The English verses are by Rufus Zaragoza who also wrote the Spanish refrain but the Spanish verses were written by Jaime Cortez. The Vietnamese version was by Xuan Minh.  Is that quite  clear now?

It is at least easily singable for a change.

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

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This version sounds like it’s channelling Rufus Wainwright.

Various choirs:

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Isaiah 61 SAS 2/348

This is an oddity. A hymn that is a drone. It’s by Matt Maher and based, logically enough, on Isaiah 61. The tune is challenging and has a wide range with some scary leaps.

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

My backing is vaguely Middle Eastern I suppose.

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The original:

Matt Maher live:

A great cover by Chris Brunelle who deals with the intro inventively on guitar:

An advent celebration with a choir tackling the refrain:

Irving Bible Church:

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Great God SAS 2/347

I can skip 345 God Has Chosen Me (although unlike “As One Voice” this arrangement gives you chords) and 346 God of Wonders  because I’ve blogged them already, which brings me to Great God by Dave Wilding. I think this is another another praise and worship song that has been shoehorned into a section for gathering and sending.

The text is shall we say… basic, and can be found at spiritandsong. The sheet music can be purchased for download at praisecharts. You can hear a snippet of the song at OCP.

The nature of the lyrics suggested a heavy backing to me:

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This is a terrific version with simplified chords put up so you can play along and learn the song.

Worship Invasion:

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Go Out and Tell SAS 2/344

Bobby Fisher and Greg Lee have written a recessional with a soul flavour and a great call and response verse structure. The solo voice in the response goes quite high so it might be difficult without a cantor/soloist. The refrain also gets a bit high after the key change

The text is at spiritandsong, where you can listen to a snippet of the original track. It can be purchased for download at OCP.

My backing baulked at soul so it came out laid back jazz instead.

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This is more as intended.

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Great is the Lord SAS 2/343

Michael W and Deborah D Smith wrote this song in praise of God. It has a tune that gets very interesting indeed in the refrain and would be singable apart from the long held D’s.

The lyrics are available here. The sheet music can be purchased at various sites on the internet including sheetmusicplus.

I had my usual trouble with 6/8 time so my backing has an uptempo country waltz feel.

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This appears to be the original with that odd American church choir sound.

This live version is somewhat less nauseating.

These choirs are much messier but more listenable:

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Fish With Me SAS 2/342

I can jump to “Fish With Me”, because No 341 “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman is one of the few songs from this collection that were picked up into As One Voice: Next Generation and I have blogged it already here.

So on to the fishing song by Ken Canedo, which recasts the pericope from Matthew into a country rock form. I can’t see the assembly managing more than the refrain. The most interesting part musically is the bridge. I can’t see this as much of a gathering song, but if the readings are on I’m sure a spot can be found for it. You can hear the original here.

 

The text is at spiritandsong and umpteen different versions of the sheet music can be purchased for download there.

 

I upped the ante to a country boogie version which is less stodgy.

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See it with all the actions here.

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Music for the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed November 2nd 2014

For All Souls we are singing:

Entrance: Come As You Are (Brown) AOV 1/31

Psalm 26 (Mason)

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The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is my light and my salvation

Gifts: Come to Me (Norbet) AOV 1/37

Communion: Be Not Afraid (Dufford) AOV 1/114

Crimond AOV 1/144

Thanksgiving: Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) AOV 1/179

Recessional:  We Walk By Faith (Haugen) AOV 1/63

 

 

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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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