Monthly Archives: October 2011

For the Beauty of the Earth (AOV 1/123)

An old hymn from the 1800s by Folliot S. Pierpoint and Conrad Kocher. It sounds like all the hymns I sang as a child.  The lyrics in As One Voice have had all the “thee”s removed and I’ve seen extra … Continue reading

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Where Is Your Song, My Lord? (AOV 1/122)

This song by Peter Kearney dates itself – it was written in 1970 – by its sheer oddness and abandon and, heaven forbid, creativity. Even just the first two lines are simple, direct and profound and it gets better. Listen to the snippet … Continue reading

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Love Will Bring Then Home (AOV 121)

This is a chant designed to be a round by Erica Marshall. You may recall her Mass of God’s People that I blogged recently. This could be used all over the place in many liturgies and is simple and heartfelt. … Continue reading

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As the Deer Longs (AOV 1/120)

Another Bob Hurd song that you can hear at this site. It is a lovely tune although the ensemble singing doesn’t really take off until the chorus is sung at the same time as the verse from the third verse … Continue reading

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Be It Done Unto Me (AOV 1/119)

Bob Hurd’s song “Be It Done Unto Me” is a Mary song that is gentle and subtle, flowing from major chorus to minor verse, and is another one ready for Advent. You can hear the original version here. It can be … Continue reading

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Come Down, O Love Divine (AOV 1/118)

This Victorian era translation (R F Littledale) of a 15th century text (Bianco do Sienna) with a tune by Ralph Vaughn Williams is a nice old hymn. Listen to a stirring version here. My backing is the usual BIAB church organ sound I’m afraid. [Audio … Continue reading

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Lady Mary (AOV 1/117)

Sr Sandra Sears of the Community of St Barnabas and St Cecilia wrote this Mary song that has lots of relevance for Advent, which is coming soon. There is no sample at the AOV site of this song but I think … Continue reading

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Be With Me, Lord (AOV 1/116)

Michael Joncas is famous for his setting of Psalm 91 called “On Eagles Wings,” but he also wrote this setting, which is a more standard Psalm setting. You can hear it at this site. It can be purchased for download … Continue reading

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A Trusting Psalm (AOV 1/115)

This is a song by Marist Priest Kevin Bates. It comes from Psalm 32 but our liturgy teams have used it at other times and also just as a response when it fitted. Listen to the snippet here to see how gently … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid (AOV 1/114)

This song by Bob Dufford has no right to be so popular. Marrying selections from the Beatitudes with passages from Isaiah is an interesting way to link Jesus with the God of the Old Testament I suppose, but the fiddly timings should … Continue reading

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