Monthly Archives: September 2011

Spirit, Come (AOV 1/96)

Another spirit song, this time from Gregory Norbet.  The version that you can listen to here has something of the chant about it, but is pleasant enough.  There is however a lot of competition for these sort of songs and I’m … Continue reading

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Envia Tu Espiritu (AOV 1/95)

This song in Spanish and English is by Bob Hurd is based on Ps104:30 and useful for Pentecost amongst other uses.  The chorus in Spanish has an English counter melody that I have omitted in my backing for clarity that translates … Continue reading

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How Great Thou Art (AOV 1/94)

I’m not exactly sure why I despise this song. I recall at Sunday school singing it off a large book with sickly sweet pictures on it, but that’s not a good enough reason.  You can read the background of the … Continue reading

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The Story We Share (AOV 1/93)

I’d never come across this song by Peter Kearney before. It sounds dated because of the folk idiom and the optimism of a song that says with hope, ‘ “Where to now?” is surely our concern.’ Listen to him sing … Continue reading

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Sing to the Mountains (AOV 1/92)

This one turns up very occasionally in our liturgies.  It is written by Bob Dufford whose mass I’m already missing. He based it on Ps 118, but I’m not sure why the Sanctus winds up in the second verse.  It … Continue reading

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Prayer for Peace (AOV 1/91)

David Haas wrote this simple tune based on a Navaho Indian prayer. It is serviceable and so has been used a lot where such a prayer has been needed. It isn’t a great song but he does it simply and well … Continue reading

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Here I Am Lord (AOV 1/90)

It has occured to me that the point of making backings to learn new songs that was so relevant for As One Voice: the Next Generation, which I completed some time ago and can be searched for on this blog, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 49 (AOV 1/89)

This song is by Carey Landry and not my favourite piece of music in the world. He cops a lot of criticism for his a) folk style of music and b) leaving the priesthood and marrying.  I’m not slightly worried by … Continue reading

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Taste and See (AOV 1/88)

Stephen Robinson’s setting of Ps 34 has been used frequently at our church, but mostly just the refrain as a response.  That’s a pity because the verse is more singable than the chorus with its jump from F to D to … Continue reading

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Where There is Love (AOV 1/87)

This is another song by David Haas. Done sympathetically, it would be fine for a wedding, but could find its place within an ordinary mass as well. We’ve never done this song, probably due to the chorus being mostly 4/4 … Continue reading

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