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Mostly about love…

So, first of all – YES, I am still here! 🙂 Still writing as time allows. In fact, I have completed two long term projects over the past couple of years, First, a complete songbook of hymn arrangements for solo voice and piano, and Secondly, a complete choral cantata for Holy Week, for SATB choir & piano, with optional orchestration. Whew! But more on those in a future post….

I am often asked, “so what’s your favorite song that you have written?” Well, the medium-ish answer is that I like ALL of them for how they work to bring each text to life, or to create the mood for the words. Each is different, and have been written with different ensembles in mind, of differing abilities.

But the short answer? I seem to write about LOVE quite a bit. So if I had to point you to some of my favorites, they would be the ones about love…

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go – I think, is easily one of my favorites. It uses the traditional hymn text, but to a completely original tune. While I first wrote it as a solo song, I was always imagining it also as a choral piece. (So essentially, I wrote a solo song and then arranged it for choir!). While the music and individual lines are simple in nature, the interweaving of the voices keeps the music moving with life. It is available here through my publisher, Santa Barbara Music. Here also, is a video of the premier performance…

More Love is another one I really enjoy. It is an arrangement of an old Shaker hymn. I just admire how these wonderful words were written nearly 150 years ago! A tad more challenging arrangement, as there is some divisi along the way, but definitely quite approachable. If you are interested in the sheet music, simply drop me an email. I can provide a perusal copy of the music with further instructions on how to purchase. Enjoy the premier of this one below!

And finally, Wondrous Love, the arrangement that sort of started it all! (Well, it was the one that began my relationship with Santa Barbara anyway – a very good thing!). I was drawn to this every year when we sang it in church during Holy Week, thinking, “ugh, we cannot just robotically sing verse after verse – we lose the story!” Definitely a favorite as well, first setting the mood with an ethereal sound, honoring the chant-like nature of the melody, and then moving to a beautiful setting of “when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on…”. While it is no longer in print through Santa Barbara, I have some personal copies on hand that can be made available for purchase. Have a listen below!

Yes, it just seems that I keep returning to texts about love. A bit of foreshadowing to my latest project. 😉

More on that another time…