Category Archives: Demos

Many Fields to Plow, piano/organ

It seems that people are clamoring* for a keyboard arrangement of “Many Fields to Plow.” Who am I to say No? What I like most about the keyboard version is that it brings out the flowing nature of the melody in … Continue reading

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Many Fields to Plow (with TL Moody)

One of my great joys is when students become colleagues and collaborators. In this case, one of my songwriting students, Tammy Moody, has a growing collection of “Garden Girl Hymns”–texts that find inspiration in the beauty of both work and … Continue reading

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Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us (Brian Foley)

There are lots of songs about the Holy Spirit, but most focus on invocation or sanctification. What I really liked about Brian Foley’s text “Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us,” is that he talks about other roles of the Holy Spirit: … Continue reading

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하나님께서 당신을 통해 May the Love of God Spring Up in Your Soul

Calvin College regularly sings a Korean blessing song that is just beautiful. The only problem is that the English translation doesn’t sound much like English! I was talking to one of the Korean worship leaders at Calvin about this and … Continue reading

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Let Us Walk in the Light

My last collaboration with Christopher Webber was successful enough that I’ve been asked to compose two more tunes for his hymn texts. This time around it’s a simple text–much simpler than his normal fare. Since his texts–and the tunes that … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Ray

And the final sketch that lost to “Swampzilla”?: It’s called “Crepuscular Ray,” and is something of a minimalist piece for young players. The music sounded to me like shafts of light coming through the clouds at sunset. It turns out … Continue reading

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Amber Waves

I mentioned previously that the Rockford orchestras read through three sketches before choosing “Swampzilla.” You’re probably wondering which sketches lost to “Swampzilla” in the initial round of voting, right? Wonder no more! “Amber Waves” is a sprightly, festive piece that … Continue reading

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Psalm 131: Close to Your Heart

Psalm 131 is the third shortest Psalm, consisting of only three verses. So when Jordan Clegg commissioned me to write a song based on the Psalm for Fellowship Reformed in Holland, MI, I thought, “This’ll be a piece of cake!” … Continue reading

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O One with God the Father

William Walsham How is best known as the author of “For All the Saints,” but he wrote almost a hundred other hymns, including the focus of today’s post: “O One with God the Father.” It is a powerful Epiphany text … Continue reading

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We Break This Bread

At this summer’s Hymn Society meeting in St. Louis, I was approached by a publisher about composing some tunes to go with a new collection of hymn texts by Christopher L. Webber. I can never resist an opportunity to compose new … Continue reading

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