Posts Tagged 'bread'

“When At This Table” – vocals

Dale and I have recently recorded vocals (well, Dale has ūüôā for my recent setting of Shirley Erena Murray’s¬†When At This Table.

Feel free to use for your¬†personal reflection or in worship. ¬†Mind you,¬†it’s the sort of reflection – as per Shirley’s deep lyric, that will propel you to action and response. Just saying!

score   lyrics  mp3 vocal


The Song of the Supper

A while between posts, but here’s a new song, in the lead-up to Easter, using some John Bell words called¬†The Song of the Supper.

I’ve been doing all sorts of Holy Week and Easter service prep, as one does this time of the year in my work. breadandjuicePalm/Passion Sunday and Good Friday are close to organised. ¬† The various stations for a reflective, self-guided¬†Journey to the Cross in our Sunday worship space has things in hand, as does Easter Day.

What hadn’t been in hand was the Maundy Thursday service. ¬†However progress has been made, including the song selections. In my prep. I came across an early John Bell piece called¬†The¬†Song of the Supper. ¬†I really liked the lyrics, but not the suggested traditional tune. ¬†So I’ve written my own, just lead sheet and a backing mp3 at this stage. ¬†Haven’t even asked permission from John Bell/Wild Goose to use the words. ¬†Eventually I will.

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you love us well … revision

This past week, with help from Dale, I’ve done a major revision of a song I wrote in the second half of 2009 – You love us well. I wrote it last year amid that time in the lectionary when Sunday after Sunday, the gospel readings would pick up on the John 6 “bread of life” teaching of Jesus. ¬†Powerful stuff!

I always thought something needed improvement in the song. ¬† It dawned on me that the song fits well with the theme of the Uniting Church Synod meetings happening in May this year – the theme being something like “One Bread, One Body”.

So — I’ve changed the lyrics here and there to reflect this. ¬†Other changes include:

  • adding a short gap between verse and chorus – helps launch the chorus better
  • lowering the key from E to C.
  • putting a backing track together, to which Dale has added a demo vocal.

Have a listen (see links below) and see what you think. ¬†Imagine the full praise band treatment (though single piano or guitar also works). “Doo wop” singers in the “you love us, love us well” lines also work well, says me who’s totally biased, but have felt for some time that this song is not only different in its upbeat feel, but worthy of a second innings. ¬†It is cricket season, mind you.

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1. Heart of loving

heart of living
you love us, love us well
Source of life and
source of living
you love us, love us well

2. In you, no hunger
no more thirsting
you love us, love us well
You fill my cup
awash to bursting
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace
heaven’s food for my soul
Christ we feast
on your grace
your life alone
can make us whole

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