Category Archives: Retuned hymn

Historic hymn texts set to new music.

Awake, Sweet Gratitude

Thanks for bearing patiently with the sins of my youth. (I.e. the recent “Spring Cleaning” series.) There are more, but I’m going to give you a little break from that nostalgic tour de force, and introduce something brand new. “Awake, … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory – two recordings

A few weeks ago, I told you the exciting story of writing this song. (It was exciting, wasn’t it? I mean, when I got to the part about the 4/4 measure, I bet you were on the edge of your … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory

If you aren’t a musician, you might be led to believe that composers just pluck ripe songs from the muses’ orchard of musical delights. You would be wrong. This composition stuff is actual work. Take, for example, my latest creative … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Killer Bs: Psalm 107, Thanks Be to God

This setting of Psalm 107 came about when the Psalm came up in the lectionary on a Sunday that the Guitarchestra was playing. I couldn’t find a workable version of the Psalm, so I took David Diephouse’s metrical text which is … Continue reading

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty/Praise the Lord, O My Soul

I found an MP3 on my computer the other day, and to tell you the truth I don’t know what it’s from. It’s my arrangement of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” that includes the added refrain “Praise the Lord, … Continue reading

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Long-weary Earth

I don’t know who Alexandra Fisher Willis is, but she’s written a beautiful Advent text, “Long-weary Earth in Darkness Groans.” From what I gather, she’s in Lester Ruth’s Theology of Songwriting at Duke Divinity, and she wrote this as one … Continue reading

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Psalm 132: Arise, O King of Grace Arise

At Church of the Servant, we’re doing a series on the Psalms of Ascent. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are certain Ascent Psalms which are slim pickings from a congregational song point of view. Psalm … Continue reading

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A Cardiphonia Pentecost

I’m proud to have two of my songs included in the new Cardiphonia project Pentecost Songs. This is the second of Bruce Benedict’s “flash mob” song collections, in which he gathers songwriters from around the country to write new songs … Continue reading

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Veni Creator Spiritus

Bruce Benedict is at it again. Last time it was a collection of songs based on the Apostles’ Creed. This time he’s assembling a group of musicians to compose and record songs for Pentecost. I have a real affinity for the … Continue reading

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All the Sacrifice Is Ended

A few weeks ago I and some other songwriters got an email from Bruce Benedict asking if we’d take part in his latest musical venture–a re:hymned version of Samuel J. Stone’s Lyra Fidelium. This collection is Stone’s hymnic reflections on … Continue reading

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