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    Quotiescumque (When we eat This Bread)


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    Psalm 63: I Long for You (Balhoff, Daigle, Ducote)

    "I Long for You / As Morning Breaks" composed by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote. © 1981 Damean Music. 

    Let me tell you about my experience this week with the above song (first published in 1981). 

    I lead singing (often with both voice and nylon guitar) at one and sometimes two churches on weekends. We chose this setting by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Note that the original was written in 4/4 time. Well, my keyboard player at St. Mary's, Larry, had done an adaptation in 3/4 (waltz) time several years ago for a Polka Mass. He sent me his Sibelius score and a practice MP3 he had made "for accordion and piano." I did not like the feel of it. I did a practice recording in my basement studio in order to convince myself that it could be smoothed out with less oom-pa-pa. Here it is. I sang all the parts in this basement studio recording, including soprano Hildegard.

    Shortly after I did the recording, I discovered the original 4/4 arrangement online and figured we better do it the way it was intended by the original authors. 

    The 4/4 version (true to the original published version), was captured live with my good old Zoom H2 recorder today, 6/18/2016, at St. Mary's Church in St. Paul, MN. Here it is. I play guitar and lead with voice. Larry plays piano.

    Which meter do you like better for this psalm – 3/4 or 4/4?

    One final note: Larry's 3/4 Polka arrangement was written in F, a full step lower than the original key of G.

    Songs about fatherhood: Vandross to Wonder

    From Fabrizio Ferrari at Sheet Music Direct:

    With Father's Day just around the corner, we have hand-selected 20 of the very best songs about fatherhood, from Luther Vandross' beautiful tribute to his Dad Dance With My Father, to Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely - celebrating the birth of his first daughter, Aisha.

    Give your Dad the gift of music this Father's Day!

    Go to www.sheetmusicdirect.com/go/fathers-day-sheet-music

    To Jesus, Thru Mary - St. Joseph Youth Choir

    Edgar Villavert Combong sent a message to me about his song. I like it. The song does need better mastering to bring out the voices more. - Richard Schletty

    "Please check my You Tube submission entitled, "TO JESUS, THRU MARY", and see if you like it.  This song was used for the Women's Cursillo theme song and has been used in some catholic churches in the San Francisco/Bay Area. The song was recorded by the St. Joseph (Church) Youth Choir, Pinole, California. Thank you."

    YouTube description: A special song dedicated to our beloved and blessed Mother Mary. Performed by The St. Joseph Youth Choir, Pinole, California, USA. (2009) Soloists: Kimberly Gayo & Alice Chesire.

    TO JESUS, THRU MARY

    Words & Music by Edgar Villavert Combong. Copyright 2009

    As I journey through life
    Climbing its mountains and hills
    Or, sail the seas, touch the skies
    Living life for a while
    Like an eagle I will fly
    God’s grace will raise me high

    Chorus:
    To Jesus, thru Mary
    God grants His grace thru...  Read Full Story >>>

    Fifty Tips For Training Amateur Choirs

    The article below is from Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed. 

    Fifty Tips For Training Amateur Choirs

    http://www.ccwatershed.org/talk/released/

    EARLIER THIS WEEK, I promised to release my 98-minute speech online if we could garner enough pledges to donate $30 to Corpus Christi Watershed. I’m so grateful to everyone who made a pledge, and we met our goal. This talk was delivered live at the 2016 Sacred Music Symposium, and here’s the recording:

    98-Minute Mp3 • “FIFTY TIPS FOR TRAINING AMATEUR CHOIRS

    These solutions may not work for everyone; I can only share what I have done. You can use my suggestions or discard them.

    My speech is 96 minutes long, and explains the following:

    PDF Download • 50 Bullet Points From This Speech

    More downloadable goodies (including Cliff Notes for the symposium) at http://www.ccwatershed.org/talk/released/

    Chant style: Where Charity and Love Prevail (Westendorf, Benoit)

    This is a traditional Ambrosian chant style version, as written by Benoit. See my uptempo, guitar-driven version in 6/8 meter which I posted at this site.

    Where Charity and Love Prevail

    Text: Ubi Caritas, translated by Omer Westendorf (1961)
    Tune: CHRISTIAN LOVE, CM, by Paul Benoit (1961)
    © 1961, 1962, World Library Publications, Inc.

    Where charity and love prevail,
    there God is ever found;
    Brought here together by Christ’s love,
    by love are we thus bound.

    With grateful joy and holy fear
    God’s charity we learn;
    Let us with heart and...  Read Full Story >>>

    6/8 style: Where Charity and Love Prevail (Westendorf, Benoit)

    This is a 6/8 meter version of a song that is usually sung in a more fluid chant style. See the traditional Ambrosian chant version which I posted at this site.

    Where Charity and Love Prevail

    Text: Ubi Caritas, translated by Omer Westendorf (1961)
    Tune: CHRISTIAN LOVE, CM, by Paul Benoit (1961)
    © 1961, 1962, World Library Publications, Inc.

    Where charity and love prevail,
    there God is ever found;
    Brought here together by Christ’s love,
    by love are we thus bound.

    With grateful joy and holy fear
    God’s charity we learn;
    Let us with heart and...  Read Full Story >>>

    The Hand of God (final commendation) by Marty Haugen

    A final commendation song sung at a Mass of Christian Burial. This was recorded at the Church of St. Matthew. Composer: Marty Haugen. Soloist: Richard Schletty.

    The hand of God shall hold you,
    the peace of God enfold you,
    the love that dreamed and formed you
    still surrounds you here today;
    The light of God beside you
    above, beneath, inside you,
    the light that shines to guide you home
    to the loving hand of God.

    © 1994, 1995, GIA Publications, Inc.

    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen)

    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (by Marty Haugen). Sung at the Church of St. Matthew on 1/16/2016. 

    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (by Marty Haugen). Sung at the Church of St. Matthew on 6/2/2016.

    Refrain
    Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
    beyond my fears, from death into life.

    1. God is my shepherd, so nothing I shall want,
    I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
    I walk by the quiet waters of peace.

    2. Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul,
    you lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth,
    my spirit shall sing the...  Read Full Story >>>

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