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Vale Pete Seeger

pete-seeger-2aAs the years go by, I’m more-and-more convinced that at heart, when it comes to music, I’m a real ‘folkie’.

I’m glad about that.  It’s people like Pete Seeger who passed away yesterday aged 94, who contributed to this closet folkie in me. In fact, not so closet really. In the last few years, I’ve really warmed to the ‘folk’ side of Bruce Springsteen’s music.  When in the States last year, I bought this wonderful PBS documentary of the contribution of Peter, Paul and Mary.  I listen to early (and even some recent) Jackson Browne, and it’s the folkie stuff that really grabs me.  Heard Emmylou Harris two years ago – not surprised she started out as a folk-singer. The best songs in my expansive John Denver collection are the folk ones.  Heard Billy Bragg on the ABC’s Q&A program last year – folk music still cuts it.

Pete Seeger, along with the group he came out of – the Weavers, Woody Guthrie, Dylan and so on … they used music to convey truth, to speak/sing out for justice, to build community, to strengthen resolve, to work for peace.

I would have loved to have heard Pete Seeger live in concert.  A friend of mine did some years back, and tells me it was wonderful.  I watched the Grammy’s a few days back – sorry, but some of the music was absolute rubbish.  Where have all the flowers gone?  Where have all the great songs gone?

Well, they will have gone nowhere, as long as you and me continue to play and sing the likes of:

We shall overcome
If I had a hammer
This land is your land
Where have all the flowers gone
Turn, turn, turn … all of these written or if not written by, popularised by Pete Seeger.

Yes, as Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is indeed a time for every purpose and every season under heaven.  It’s just a  bit sad, when a wonderful contributor to the music and fabric of life moves on.  Vale Pete Seeger.

David

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keep calling me … extra files

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I’m back from leave and found time (amid still much unpacking from our recent move) to create both backing track (with ‘french horn’ melody line) and full music score for my recent song: Keep Calling Me.

Cheers – David

Backing track:

Here are the lyrics once again:

Christ you stand before us all
Christ you come and Christ you call:
leave it all behind and join my journey
Come with me and find your life
Live my love and shine my lightLeave it all behind you,
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

You keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow

You beckon us to walk your way
Your kingdom come on earth this day
To lose our life yet find it in the rising
Find it in your love for all
Find it in compassion’s call:
to seek the lost
to whom your grace is calling

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow
You keep calling me
and I will follow

    David MacGregor
           (C) 2014 Willow Publishing

keep calling me … a song about following

Somehow, I can’t help myself while on holidays each year at Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. There’s no doubt God chooses to speak with me through the beauty of the shoreline here … through the refreshing sea breezes.

Anyhow, I’ve had the call narratives of the Gospels in my mind. The Spirit breezes blow and so it is I’ve written a simple song with that in mind, inspired by Jesus’ call of the fisherman Peter, Andrew, James and John.

I wanted a really easy-to-learn refrain. Hopefully I’ve managed that. I’m hopeful Keep Calling Me can have a range of uses – perhaps congregation just singing the refrain, with soloist or ensemble doing the verses. Perhaps the verses spoken as a poem … over an instrumental of the verses. Anyhow, it’s there for your use, Once back from Hervey Bay, I’ll do a music score for it.

Also … anyone who even half knows me is well aware I’m no singer. That said, I’ve croaked out the melody of the refrain in the accompanying backing track. Lots of reverb, and anyway, I’ve somewhat buried my vocal in the backing. Through the wonders of my iPad’s GarageBand app I’ve put a basic track together, with ‘piano’ supplying the melody line throughout.
Here it is via YouTube … remember – still at demo stage!

Keep Calling Me

Christ you stand before us all
Christ you come and Christ you call
leave it all behind and join my journey
Come with me and find your life
Live my love and shine my light
Leave it all behind you
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

You keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow

You beckon us to walk your way
Your kingdom come on earth this day
To lose our life yet find it in the rising
Find it in your love for all
Find it in compassion’s call
to seek the lost
to whom your grace is calling

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow
You keep calling me
and I will follow

David MacGregor
(C) 2014 Willow Publishing

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a move … and a detour

Happy new year, folks.
Yes, we’ve made the manse-move from Oxley to Tarragindi – one excellent manse to another.

We moved on 3 January. Physically and emotionally it was possibly the hardest of our umpteen moves in the course of 33 years of marriage.

Hardest because we have had to realize we are nowhere near as young as we used to be.
Hardest because, try as we undoubtedly did, we had accumulated so, so, so, so much ‘stuff’. I use ‘stuff’ both literally and figuratively. Over the past year we have tried to simplify our life in a range of ways, but if you saw (as a privileged few did, to their astonishment) how many packing boxes… how much furniture made it to our new abode, you’d get a clearer idea of what this ‘stuff’ is all about. I’m not proud of the fact that Dale and I (myself especially) are accumulators par excellence.

The move? We resolved this time around to ensure we had help with our move – the packing & unpacking, the dumping, the cleaning, the moral support. We’re so thankful to some couples from Oxley church, our lads and especially two longtime friends who went beyond the call of duty to be there for us … they themselves moving in a couple of weeks. Beat that!

I’m minister at Oxley-Darra UC until the end of January, with my final service at 8.30 am Sunday 26 January. I take up ministry at Wellers Hill-Tarragindi UC from 1 February, with my Induction on 5 February.

The detour? Well, I type this from our unit at Hervey Bay – our annual January R&R with our wonderful friends Glenn and Jan. We’re here for over a week and plan to make the best of it – swims, good coffee, friendship, reading, cards, some TV & movies, great meals, see breezes, walks – my sort of break. My sort of detour.

Cheers folks,
David

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