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Never Let Go … vocals with a twist!

holding handsHere’s a vocal recording of my new song, Never Let Go.    
vocal mp3 https://dmacgreg1.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/never-let-go-f-vocal.mp3

Yesterday I blogged about the background to the song:.

The twist?  I wake this morning in Brisbane, Australia and a lovely email from Dale (in NE Ohio, USA) greets me. There’s a movie file attachment and the subject line: “Hope this comes through”. What comes through is Dale’s home recording (from NE Ohio, that is) with her vocal added to my backing track blogged yesterday. Dale’s iPhone and iPad make it happen.   So – yours truly promptly, with the wonders of Logic Pro, dubs the audio from Dale’s video onto the existing Never Let Go backing track, adds some acoustic guitar and extra percussion … and what have we got?  A vocal recording (yeah, home job, I know) of the song.  Might share it with “Mike” in a few days. Check it out.      vocal

Cheers,
David

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Never Let Go

A new song. holding handsIt comes as for many months, I and many others at my church have found themselves coming to grips with both realities and possibilities with Mike (not his real name), as Mike battles cancer. In and out of hospital. Multiple chemo and radiation treatment.  Extended times of debilitating pain.  Mike is a person of deep faith, who believes earnestly in the potential of prayer and that God is one who chooses (but not always, and that’s the rub) to heal.

So without fail, when I meet with Mike, we pray for God’s wholeness and healing, and entrust Mike’s future again and again to God. Increasingly folk have shared with me the challenge of not knowing quite what to say to Mike when they meet with him.  They too are people of prayer, who trust in God’s endless possibilities.  Yet, like me, they concede that Mike’s days (and we pray its years) are ultimately in God’s hands.   More and more I’ve sought in various ways to remind Mike that God is one who is faithful, who is always present, who journeys with him and his family through thick or thin and will never, ever let him go.

As these sentiments have jumped very much around, and as I walked a sunny winter’s Gold Coast beach a few days back, the phrase, “You’ll never let go” came to me … and the start of a song. While crafting Never Let Go, more and more promises of scripture – in the Psalms, the Prophets, in Wisdom literature and Christ himself; they started coming to me.  I considered basing the song on the one psalm. No, this song somehow has allusions to a great many precious verses of scripture.  I wish I could have included them all in this song.  So – here it is, with a rough backing track; my trusty digital flute providing the melody line, for what I pray is a helpful and gentle affirmation of God’s presence and faithfulness … always.  Always. Peace, David

score   lyrics  mp3 backing demo

You’ll never let go
Jesus, you hold us tight,
through darkness and night,
through gladness and light
You’ll never let go

You are our shelter
our days in your hands
Your love firm and faithful
amid shifting sands You’ll never let go …

Mountains may stumble
and hills fall to dust
Your love will not leave us
nor peace we can trust You’ll never let go …

Come, be our stillness
Be with us, come stay
We trust in your promise,
our refuge, your way
You’ll never let go
Jesus, you hold us tight,
through darkness and night,
through gladness and light
You’ll never let go (you’ll never let go)
You’ll never let go (you’ll never let go)
You’ll never let go

 David MacGregor
 © 2015 Willow Publishing
 inspired by portions of Psalm 46 & Isaiah 54

You are … final files, including backing track

Hi all.

Finished working on the writing of my paraphrase of Psalm 46:

God is my refuge and strength; an ever-present help in times of trouble

Have taken a while on this, for as shared previously, these have been words that I have found so affirming in this stage of the journey.  An earlier post unpacks the background to the writing.  Updated lyrics below, including a totally-revised third verse – not a bridge.  Much happier with this, musically.  You don’t want much musical ‘activity’ while singing Be still and know I’m God.

 

Not sure if or how I’ll use this song.  That’s not the point.  God spoke to me one Tuesday morning through these time-treasured words … and I sought to do something about it.  David

music score
backing track (with melody line)

You are

God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, God
Lord when troubles rise;
my help always
God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, Lord
My strong fortress, my rock
all my days.

We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
though the mountains tumble and fall
We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
We will praise you as Lord of all

“So be still and know I’m God
So be still and know I’m God
So be still and know I’m God,
that I am God!”

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, you are God
God, you are our strength
God, you are our life
You are hope
You are love
You are God.

David MacGregor
© 2012 Willow Publishing
adapted from verses in Psalm 46

you are

Hi!

Challenging times. Didn’t sleep well last night. Waking around 5.30, went for a walk – something I’m trying to get into the habit of.  I took my iPhone with me, ready to listen to some music, as you do …

Somehow, with much turning over in mind … and through much of the night, I found myself turning to the music of the psalms. Increasingly I say “yes” within myself when I hear the Psalms described as God’s prayerbook.

So it was that the words of Psalm 46 spoke into my spirit as I walked silently.  Words like these …

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

 “Be still, and know that I am God! 

And so it was that I found these words (and a few additional thoughts of my own) being transformed into song.  A vocal recording and music score later … haven’t been in the ‘space’ to write for seemingly a long time until now.

You are    You are BACKING TRACK

 

God, you are my strength
God, my refuge, Lord
Lord when troubles rise,
my help always
God, you are my strength
You’re my refuge, Lord
My strong fortress, my rock
all my days.

We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
though the mountains tumble and fall
We won’t be afraid
though the earth will shake
We will praise you as Lord of all

So we still our hearts
So we still our minds
We exalt you and know you are God
So we still our hearts
So we still our minds
We exalt you and know you are God

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
God, you are our strength
God, you are our life
You are hope
You are love
You are God.

 David MacGregor
 © 2012 Willow Publishing
 adapted from verses in Psalm 46

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