Archive for November, 2013

irish blessing

irish-blessing-horizontal-carol-saboHi!  I’ve written a new musical setting to the much-loved Irish Blessing.
music score
mp3 backing

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again (until we meet again),
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

The tune and feel just ‘came’. Why?  Perhaps it’s because I’m doing some soul-preparation to say my goodbyes and move on in a few months from the Oxley community in which we’ve ministered these past four years. I’m so happy with the ‘feel’ I’ve managed for the song. Lots of interesting chords and sequences … as it’s turned out.

In time, Dale and I will arrange a vocal track.  For now the backing track contains a French Horn playing the melody.
It probably works well with a soloist or small ensemble singing it first time through; then all who are gathered singing it as a blessing to each other.

I pray it finds some use.
[note: if you do and have a CCLI Licence, please acknowledge and record accordingly, music © David MacGregor 2013]



sing a new song!

man in praiseI’ve written a praise song!

Over the years, in actual fact, I haven’t written all that many songs of praise and adoration of God. Plenty of songs of thanksgiving about what God has done … but no so much in praise to God.  Sure, I have written the odd song over the years and I would like to think it’s been there in my music, but anyhow …

… last week as I was doing my weekly worship preparation, I began reflecting on Psalm 98 … one of the set readings for Sunday 10 November. I was taken (put it down to the Spirit) with some of the wonderful imagery in that Psalm; stuff about the rivers clapping their hands and the mountains shouting with joy.

I was also mindful that with Dale and me now back from long-service leave … and us moving on from Oxley in a matter of months, we are in an interesting ‘space’ in our lives.  We know in all sorts of ways that God has a chapter of our lives to shortly close, and a new chapter about to be revealed.  Time to sing a new song!

So, here is that new song. Quite some time since I last wrote a song … but that’s for another day.
Here it is. Enjoy … and praise be to God!


backing track in C

vocal demo in B flat

Sing a new song    

O sing to the Lord
a brand new song
Sing a new song, sing a new song
God will judge in fairness
the right from wrong
Sing a new song, sing a new song

Shout your praise to God
Sing out loud to God
Join your voices; one in praise
Mountains shout with joy
Rivers clap their hands
to the Lord of all our days

God’s love ever steadfast,
faithful, strong
Sing a new song, sing a new song
All the ends of the earth
join the chorus throng
Sing a new song, sing a new song

The Lord has made his salvation known
Sing a new song, sing a new song
God in Christ has claimed us
as his own
Sing a new song, sing a new song

David MacGregor
 © 2013 Willow Publishing, inspired by portions of Psalm 98

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