Dr Geoffrey Madden.  MBBS BA PGDipArts MA (Theol) GCTS(Liturgy)

Roman Catholic

General Practitioner

Music Ministry for twenty years or so


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  1. Richard McCutcheon says:

    Hi Geoff,

    I have just upgraded to BIAB 2012, primarily to get some backing tracks, and was trying to find “revelation song” midi to use with BIAB. So your MP3 was interesting. Did you use real band. I was looking for the midi so i could use the melody line. I have the sheet music, via a purchased music book from one of the Christian event we have here in England.
    They supply fantastic quality PDF files and I could step type it in but as a lazy sort of guy I was going to use Photoscore 7, however I don’t have the free cash to purchase it yet. It will allow me to quickly scan in any PDF and output a sequence file ( I think ) or at least a midi file.
    Just wanted to say keep up the great work. Have a Great new year.


    • admin says:

      I don’t use Realband – i’m lazy enough to just enter the melody line in BIAB. Since you have BIAB and the sheet music I could just send you the BIAB file and you can adapt it to your needs. I’ll send it separately. I’d be interested in hearing the backings you make – I’ve just got my 2012 version of BIAB but I haven’t played with it yet.


  2. Mel says:

    I’m in the music ministry at my parish of St Andrews, Clarkson, Western Australia and I just wanted to thank you so much for these wonderful tracks. We have a wedding coming up that our organist isn’t available to play for, so these will be SUCH a huge help for our choir.

    Thank you and God Bless.


    • admin says:

      You’re welcome, Mel.
      I read the inspiring story of the growth of your parish in Perth on your parish website. Keep up the good work.


  3. Chris Clark says:

    Thank you, Geoff, for such a wonderful blend of inspirational Christian music. I found your website when I was looking for the ‘Lord is my shepherd’ hymn by Brian Boniwell. I an a teacher of Religious Education at St Dominic’s College, Auckland, New Zealand, and am always searching for quality material for class prayer and liturgies. You are doing such wonderful work! Bless you in God’s kingdom.

  4. Br Martin Conneely says:

    Can yo please make the Marist hymn ‘great man of god’ you can most probably get the chords from any Marist school or CaSPA.

    Great Man of God

    Great man of God, Champagnat shone with zeal,
    Strove thru’ his life, his Master to reveal;
    With him for guide may we o’er sin prevail,
    Praise be to Jesus and to His Mother!

    For Mary’s son, this son of Lyon’s soil,
    Gave up himself, for youth to pray and toil,
    To lead to God, and Satan’s power to foil,
    Praise be to Jesus and to His Mother!

    So let these words of Great Champagnat ring,
    and with one voice let’s praise our God and King.
    Let Marist’s sons be ever proud to sing:
    Praise be to Jesus and to His Mother!

    These hopes that bind us, this purpose and this plan,
    Everywhere find us, held by friendship’s hand.
    In work, in play, in all, to serve, to pray.
    We will be faithful, Servo Fidem.

    • admin says:

      I can’t find any music on the net so I’ve contacted a local Marist school and I’ll see what they can come up with.


  5. Chris says:

    FYI, “Great Man of God”, goes to the tune of “For All the Saints”. I went to a Marist school from yrs 8-10 and we sang this song at are school Masses

  6. Kate Keefe says:

    Dear Dr Madden

    I’ve just happened upon your blog, and I wondered if my website would be any use to you. It’s at http://www.musicformass.co.uk. I write psalm settings and Alleluias for our ex-pat community here in Moscow to use at mass week by week. I do a US version (because our community is mainly US) and a UK (different) one, (because the lectionaries are different). I’ve also set the main parts of the new Mass, and we’ve been using these for some months now, so I know they work. If any of it is any use to you, you’re most welcome to use it. I would be particularly grateful for any feedback, and if you know anyone else who could use any of the music, I’d be delighted if you could pass on the web address. Thank you very much, and let’s all keep singing.

    Kate Keefe

  7. Giovanna says:

    Wow! How com I never knew of this site long ago! Am a chorister in Nigeria (west Africa) saw your site while searching for. “As the deer longs by Gretchen Harris and other lentern songs! Thanks for all these wonderful songs! As so impressed! Pls can I follow you on twitter/Facebook? Kindly gv us ur ID. God bless!

    • admin says:

      G’Day Giovanna

      There is no twitter or facebook I’m afraid, just the blog. There’s no reason anyone should know about the blog – it’s all unofficial and designed to help people like me who can’t just look at a piece of music to see how it goes. Since I only play guitar, and I need to know how the melody line goes, I make the backings to find out.

      I’m always glad to hear that people are singing in church. I’m afraid we don’t have choristers around here so we all just try to sing!



  8. IAN DOWNES says:

    Hi Geoff,
    I am involved each week in setting up the overhead screen data for our weekly Mass at Saint Helen’s Church in Calen (about 60 kms north of Mackay North Queensland. I am always searching for the lyrics for the hymns we sing each week. We have the 9 disc set of As One Voice volume one, and some other sundry discs gathered over the years. However I still have to physically transfer the words for the hymns to the power point USB drive I receive each week from our main church in Mackay. The data for the mass is set up on the disc, but I need to change most of the hymns as they are usually from other sources. I just found your site and think it is great. If there is a easy way to search for these hymns could you advise me on how to do this. Kind regards and as always. GOD BLESS!

    • admin says:

      G’Day Ian

      I don’t envy the job you do, but it is really vital. I am lucky never to have had that ministry.

      I’ve recently stopped putting lyrics up on my blog to make myself a smaller target.

      I gather most people in your situation build up a collection of the lyrics in powerpoint form over many years, and just cut and paste each week, so the first thing I would do is ask neighbouring parishes if they have such a collection.

      If you have to find the text on the net, basically everything in Spirit & Song, which has a lot of AOV stuff, is there, and really with a bit of effort almost every song’s lyrics are already on the net somewhere – the interpreters friend is pretty reliable as they print the lyrics along with their particular instructions. The few that aren’t anywhere I used to type out from the sheet music, but you only have to do it once. The mechanism of text/word to powerpoint conversion is beyond me I’m afraid.

      The only other suggestion I have is to talk to the people at As One Voice to see if they have suggestions that fit within your church’s copyright licence.

      If you figure out a good way of doing it I’d love to know.


      • Mary says:

        Hi – here’s an article that describes the approach I now use:

        It took a bit of setting up, but now I can make the slideshow for Mass in about 5-10 minutes, provided all the hymns are already in my library.

        fyi, I almost never have to type in the words of a hymn these days. With some clever Googling, there is al most always someone else who done it before (sadly, often illegally).

        Hope this helps, drop me a line if you have any questions.

  9. mary says:

    Yes, that what I’ve done: build up a library of hymns over the years, and use the Include function in PowerPoint to make up my sideshow. When I’m not posting from the phone I’ll post a link about how.

  10. Hello, Dr. Madden,
    Today I got the urge to write a lyric called “Easter People”, so I googled the title to see if it had been done, and of course it is a traditional hymn. In the course of looking at my “hits” I came upon your blog.
    I gathered you enjoy setting scripture to music, sort of a form of Lectio Divina. I am a lyricist, an Episcopalian, and always looking for composers who might be willing to set my words to music. You can hear my songs on reverbnation, or you can go to bowen2.com, go to “Family” and then to “Pam” which dumps you at my wordpress blog.

    Let me know if you are at all interested by emailing me at pam@bowen2.com
    Thanks and Blessings,
    Pamella Bowen

  11. Mary says:

    Hi Geoff, I’m sure you’ve read the work of people who look fondly back to before VII, when there were choirs in ever church, everything was in Latin, and Gregorian chant reigned supreme.

    Well today I found a very surprising document, printed in the front a an Australian hymn book, which your national library has digitized. Basically it’s referring to a 1950 document from the church in Rome, which instructs them to use Gregorian chant AND popular hymns, and says that the people should be singing. I’ve put a link to it here: http://pastoralmusicmusings.blogspot.ie/2014/09/congregational-singing-is-always-living.html

  12. Eleanor says:

    Hello, I just wanted to thank you for all the trouble you go to in selecting the appropriate music for each week’s sunday mass – it has proved an invaluable resource tool for me, reassuring me that I am on the right track when I select what I hope fits the week.

  13. Ronald says:

    I find music for my Choir at my church in Texas. Does this “As One Voice” really provide a better music arrangement than the Gather (GIA Publications), the Spirit And Song (OCP), Collegeville (Order Of St. Benedict), or even the Adoremus (Order of St. Ignatius)?

  14. Mary says:

    Hi Geoff

    A quick question: how do you embed midi files from BIAB into your posts? Is hosting them something which WordPress offers, or do you keep the files elsewhere and use some sort of gadget? I’ve got tools which can make a midi, but cannot figure out how to share them.

    • admin says:


      I’m hosted on Bluehost so that gives me unlimited storage of my MP3 files. I embed them from my storage area. It was very cheap when I signed up but it isn’t quite as inexpensive these days.

      On other sites I have used Box.net and linked there, which might still be an option.



  15. Marc Baylon says:

    Hi Dr Geoff,

    First I would like to commend you and your site – you are indeed a God’s blessings to small choirs who struggles to find a member who plays a guitar or a piano (like us).

    Your wonderful backings helped our Sunday service to be more lively and uplifting – your backings made it easier for the community to sing our Sunday hymns.

    May the Lord bless your good heart as always!


  16. Not sure if have the right people looking for the Gospel group Sounds of Glory I believe Gloria Russell is the person to contact to book them any one that can help direct me to them plz contact me I live in the Decatur al area thank u Sister Shelley 256/221/1533

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