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    Breath of Dawn: music for easy listening and reflection (by Paul F. Page)

    Paul F. Page, composer

    Paul F. Page: Breath of Dawn

    "Breath of Dawn" is a fine album of quiet, reflective orchestral music that creates a calm, peaceful atmosphere for easy listening and reflection. Classically inspired with a cinematic flair. Composed and performed by Paul F. Page - www.paulpage.org

    Paul F. Page's music comes from a background steeped in classical music from the Baroque era to the present. Elements of Mendelssohn, Chopin, Mozart, Faure, Debussy, as well as influences from the visual/cinematic world can be found in this "hybrid-classical" album. Paul has been writing music for over 50 years, having worked as a choral director, arranger, composer, and as a solo artist for the last 45 years. He has created ballet, solo "art" songs, liturgical choral and assembly music, music for orchestra and solo orchestral instruments, and music for organ and piano. He has been recognized for his work as a liturgical and classical composer by ASCAP for the past 14 years, and his vocal music is performed in churches and schools throughout the U.S. where it is included in numerous publications of his octavos and solo songs.

    Paul's music is featured at the on-line composers' site "MacJams.com" where his compositions and performances are well-known and respected for their quality, sensitivity, attention to detail, and immediate accessibility.  READ MORE •••

    Amanda Vernon: soulful Pop artist, wife and mother

    Wow. I heard the song Valentine today on Catholic Music Express streaming radio. Amanda Vernon is really sounding good here. Amanda is a recording artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through a genre she calls, “soulful pop,” this singer, pianist, and composer speaks to authentic beauty through music, the language of the soul. Visit Amanda's website.

    "Valentine," by Amanda Vernon - www.amandavernon.com 
    Produced by David C. Smith at ICON Studio Productions 
    Based on the true story, "Beautiful Valentine," by Wendy Mathison

    "To kick off this first weekend of 2014, eightWest welcomed a musician who does it all. She sings, plays piano, writes music and is a dedicated mom."  
    - WOOD TV, eightWest (Jan 7, 2014)

    "With an irresistible personality and shining demeanor, Amanda Vernon seems to infect everyone she meets with an upbeat glow."  
    - John Sinkevics, Local Spins 1340 AM WJRW (Oct 3, 2013)

    Piano-guitar ensemble at the Church of Saint Mary

    A sampling of congregational music at the 11:30 Mass at the Church of Saint Mary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. See www.greatgatherings.org 

    Please note that the embedded YouTube is a playlist of at least 10 songs. Click on PLAYLIST to select a song, or let the songs play automatically. If you have any questions about how we do things at St. Mary's, please comment below. 

    Frazier Riddell asks: Who will save this world?

    Frazier Riddell made a comment today on a song posted here at TCS. He mentions that he is a co-songleader at church, having added guitar to the mix a few years ago (which initially was not heartily embraced by some of the older generation). I thought I'd click on the web site link Riddell gave (www.smalltownmusic.com). I am pleased with what I see. Check out Frazier's words and music styling.

    Frazier Riddell

    Excerpt from Frazier's CMS Records page: 

    "All is well. God has blessed me tremendously, whether I choose to recognize that in emotions and feelings from day to day or not. I got food. I got shelter. I got a wife and son who love me. I got lots of family who love me. A top 10 song wouldn't hurt my feelings, but even if that never happens, I AM BLESSED NONE THE LESS. I still play music at Church, Nursing Homes, Weddings, Restaurants & Bars. I have folks that love and appreciate what I do, and tell me so. Peace to all of you. We live in some tough times, and holding on to faith in God and Jesus is not easy. Hang in there. Even if you don't "Believe" just like me, if you aren't against me, we'll be alright." FRAZIER

    Here are two of Frazier's many albums, with his own comments:

    Who Will Save This World?

    "This CD speaks not to answers, but to questions I have sought the answers to for over 20 years – and even now they elude me. I have not given into defeat, but I have learned to give defeat the respect it does deserve. After all, it's a tool of the Creator, in the context of ultimate light. Bad things don't happen to good people. There are no bad or good people. There are people. These people have a choice to do good or to do bad. "You can drink beer and love Jesus" is just a song given to me from my life experience. Some will condemn this song while others will embrace it as a license to sin. This song embraces both, in hopes they may eventually follow the light. Timing is everything in music & in life. I hope the humorous songs on this CD find you at the right time. I hope the same for the more serious songs. Written message aside, I have attempted also to make good music. I hope you enjoy listening to this & I hope a bulb of joy might spring into your life, even if only for a moment, so that this music will have served its higher purpose. These songs are to be viewed as a small light shining on the human condition." – Frazier Riddell, 9-29-04 Canton, MS

    Southern Man

    "Southern Man is a song about my father who had just recently passed in August of 2012.  At his funeral, this song came full circle.  I wrote this song in 1990, but for some reason had never put it on a CD though my family loved the song.  In '09 the song made it to CD as title track.  Then, I ended up singing this song at my Father's funeral, giving the song a whole new life to many friends of my Father who had never heard the song.  It was a very moving time. Any person from a farming family will relate to Southern Man (see my bio for more info).  I have learned to appreciate...  READ MORE •••

    Poll: Top ways you enjoy Catholic music

    Click here to vote for the ways that you enjoy Catholic music. The poll will run from August 27 to September 27, 2014. 

    Below are the top 10 choices as of September 1. After you vote, you will see full, updated results. 

    poll results Sept 1  READ MORE •••

    Greg Walton's "Come to Us" on CCLI Top 2000 list

    This just in from Nick Alexander:

    I just got the CCLI Top 2000 list, and Greg Walton has broken through! His song "Come To Us," an Advent/Christmas song, made it. It's currently in the 1700s, but it's there.

    A lot of "Spirit & Song" Christmas songs made it this go-around.

    So, a hearty congratulations to Greg! You've worked hard all these years.  It's extremely hard to get on this list at all, and he did it!

    See an interview with Greg here at Spirit & Song:
    http://www.spiritandsong.com/podcasts/come-to-us

    We'd also like to highlight Ike Ndolo's "Awake O Sleeper" and Matt Maher/Chris Tomlin's "Born That We May Have Life" (Christmas projects).  Also take note of Steve Angrisano's "Go Make a Difference" which is at its highest chart level yet (around 1000). 

    The biggest news is that Matt Maher has now topped himself.  His "Your Grace Is Enough" has been eclipsed by "Lord, I Need You" which is in the Top 10. Note: Words and music for "Lord, I Need You" were written by all of these folks: Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels and Daniel Carson.

    Need help: Magnificat song (As the Rain Rushes Down)

    We need help finding or creating a recording of a song that was popular in Catholic churches and youth groups back in the early 1970s. I was able to find the words and chords but I have no idea how the melody goes. Would someone like to collaborate on this? If you can scratch out the melody for me, I can record the song for Mary who has been looking for a recording of this song for many years. We don't know the name of the composer.

    Here is what Mary wrote:

    "I have to tell you, finding the right Magnificat is like looking for a needle in a haystack, except that it's a really tiny needle and the haystack is the size of the Empire State Building! The lyrics start with "As the rain rushes down and the earth blossoms forth and the wind caresses every tree".  I haven't heard this but once since 1971. Every music director I've worked with in my diocese looks at me with that look that says "you know you're crazy, right?" My sister has been looking too, unsuccessfully."

    Here are my sources for the song reconstruction below:
    link 1: All-Version-2007-Vol-I-and-II-With-Chords (page 166 of large PDF file)
    link 2: All-Version-2007-Vol-I-and-II-With-Chords (page 166 of large PDF file)
    A page of Marian Songs (third song from the bottom of the web page)

    EDIT 1: I found an audio recording of this Magnificat via the Yahoo search engine!
    http://www.mixcloud.com/elevatormusic123/magnificat-mass-hymn-as-the-rain-rushes-down-guitar/

    EDIT 2: My longtime friend from college, Tom, just called and said he knows this Magnificat well! He used to sing it the CYC in St. Paul, MN, and at his parish in Hopkins, MN. He still has the Hymnal For Young Christians (published by F.E.L.) that this song is in (it's on pp. 141-143 of the piano guitar accompaniment edition of volume 1 of Hymnal For Young Christians).  Tom and I will do a recording of this Magnificat and post it here for download. By the way, the composer is Robert Blue. The song is ©1966-67 F.E.L. Publications, Chicago, Illinois. Tom said the original arrangement is in key of G – 1-1/2 steps higher than the guitar arrangement below. We'll determine which key is most accessible.

    MAGNIFICAT (Luke 1:46-55)

    REFRAIN
           E           C#m
    As the rain rushes down
            F#m            B7
    And the earth blossoms forth
            E             C#m F#m B7
    And the wind caresses every tree
            E               C#m        
    READ MORE •••

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