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vocal tracks for new songs

be still 2389Yesterday Dale and I put down vocals (well, Dale did ūüôā for two recent songs of mine, both with a country-folk feel.¬†Time to take time and¬†Bless your name forever were written during our recent wonderful break at Hervey Bay and North Stradbroke Island (Straddie). ¬†I loved using my mandolin for the second one and must start playing it more. ¬†As per past post,¬†Bless your name forever is one of those rare praise songs of mine. ¬†The scores of these are in higher keys – just brought down to suit Dale’s voice. ¬†Click the links above for free access to music score.

Feel free to enjoy and use.

Blessings,
David   

Time to take time vocal https://dmacgreg1.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/time-to-take-time-vocalc.mp3

Bless your name forever vocalhttps://dmacgreg1.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/bless-your-name-forever-vocal.mp3

Bless your name forever

thanksgivingHere’s a new praise song for you, based on some verses in Psalm 145. Yes, it’s yet another song written on our annual January holidays; not Hervey Bay this time but over a beautiful few days near Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island.

Historically, I haven’t written all that many praise songs. ¬†Not exactly sure why. ¬†It may be that there’s so many around. ¬†It’s certainly because I feel that many churches “o’d” on praise songs at the expense of songs that lead us into intercession, lament, justice and peace-making and mission .. but many of you have heard my thoughts on that many times previously ūüôā

The song began to emerge while enjoying some quiet and still time soon after sunrise by the shores of Hervey Bay, having just IMG_3131read Psalm 145. ¬†I had my mandolin with me and have resolved in 2016 to enjoying playing it a lot more. ¬†Any ‘mandolinist’ knows that the key of G is clearly the easiest key for mandolin, so¬†Bless your name forever ¬† – you guessed it, is in G. ¬†Perhaps not surprising, the song has an unashamedly folk/country feel. Mandolin lends itself so well to songs in this genre. ¬†Hopefully this one of mine does it justice, and ultimately our Creator God is praised. ¬†Go ahead and enjoy using it. ¬†Vocal track coming in the next week or so. Cheers.

David     

score
mp3 backing

Every day I will bless you Lord
I will praise your name forever
I will praise you, O my God and King
and bless your name forever

Great are you, Lord
Great to be praised
Your greatness, unlimited
Generations will praise your works
Your mighty acts forever

Lord, you are grace
Your mercy wide
Slow angered and rich in love
Lord your goodness extends to all
Compassion in all you’ve made

David MacGregor
 © 2016  Willow Publishing
 from Psalm 145

 

time to take time / be still

be still 2389New Years Greetings.

Two new songs (with vocals yet to come) for the new year – all about taking time out, being still, time reflecting, time in prayer, time with God. Inspired by two scripture passages:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Luke 1:35

‚ÄúBe still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a

 

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bring your peace, Lord

small-wooden-pier-on-the-calm-lake-4978-706A new song … ¬†coming out of some demanding times … life is full of its challenges right now. I’m preaching this Sunday on the death and raising of Lazarus. Issues of death and life are all around me. ¬†My Christian faith reminds me that it’s in the letting go … the losing … the giving-up … the dying (in all its connotations), we find new life. Trusting is the challenge.
In the wee hours of this morning, unable to get back to sleep, I sat with warming cup of tea in hand, seeking calm to my spirit.

Eventually back in bed, I sought slumber.  Unfortunately that did not come.  What did come was a song out of left field.  note: I will often recall a song in my head as I try to find sleep Рoften a worship song.

Suddenly, Hard Times (Come again no more)-¬†Stephen Foster’s poignant song from the 19th century came to me.

It’s amazing how a song I had never heard sung before has come my way this past year or so; versions by Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. The chorus goes like this:

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

That triggered something. I started praying. Fresh words came. ¬†Simple words of longing – longing for God’s peace, hope, love and life. I pray this for “Mike”, as I shared in recent posts. For me it’s bound up in God’s shalom. ¬†So¬†Bring your peace, Lord is the result. ¬†It’s meant to be very sparse in its accompaniment, but earnest in its longing. ¬†I guess this song more than most comes out of where things are for me at present, as “Mike’s” health fades more and more and other challenges present themselves. I know that God above all offers me, offer us each one what this song-prayer seeks.

David

Bring your peace, Lord   lyrics  score
Bring your peace, Lord
Bring your peace, O Lord
Peace again
Peace in the hard times
Peace in the pain
Bring your peace, O Lord
Peace again.

Bring your hope, Lord …

Bring your love, Lord …

Bring your life, Lord … ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

 

David MacGregor    © 2015 Willow Publishing

deeper

waterHi!

As I’ve just blogged, there’s another song … which perhaps cheekily I’m putting out there. Along with others, I’ve been invited to write a song for a special gathering of Christians here in Australia later this year. ¬†I won’t say any more about this right now.

There’s something about¬†the imagery and meaning of Christian baptism; the reality that in this sacrament, we die to Christ, before rising (literally/spiritually) with Christ through the waters of baptism … renewed in God through Jesus Christ; gifted and empowered by the Spirit.

For me, through our continual engagement, in baptism, with Christ’s dying and rising that we journey deeper into the life of Christ; into God’s story. ¬†As we do, we find our story … individually¬†and¬†as commissioned, gifted community in Christ. In our baptism, we are thus called and commissioned as disciples of Christ – to celebrate, sorrow, rejoice, serve, learn, seek justice and build community. ¬†And that’s just a start. ¬†Here’s the song. ¬†Dale and I have put together a vocal demo … admittedly a bit dodgy here and there. ¬†I hope you’ll look beyond (dare I say, deeper than) that.

There’s potential for a bit of an echo thing happening through all but the last line of the refrain. ¬†That could work well … male/female,, alternating halves of congregation. song leader/congregation.

Grace and peace,
David

music score
mp3 vocal[G]

journey deeper

  1. In the seeking is the finding
    In the learning we all gain
    In the living is the growing
    by your grace like morning rain
    In our gathering is Spirit
    In our sorrow we all pain
    In our worship we will hear your voice
    the call to life again
    So we journey
    Journey deeper
    Join your story
    Find your life
    God of loving
    God of promise
    We find our story
    *
    Shine your light
  2. Working arm-in-arm for justice
    Finding Christ there in the least
    There with God’s refreshing Spirit
    sharing faith and life and peace..

As community in Jesus
may we  journey as God calls
Through the wellspring of your mercy deep
We’ll rise as first we fall

So we journey …

David MacGregor
© 2014 Willow Publishing
* alternative: ‚ÄúWe find our stories‚ÄĚ

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