Category Archives: FAWM 2017

Adopt-a-Psalm Sing, March 14, 2017

February’s Psalm songwriting culminated in the “Big Sing Liturgy Thing Psalm-Song Sing-Along” at Western Seminary on March 14, 2017. We sang all ten new songs, as well as a few old favorites. I am pleased to report that no one got … Continue reading

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2017 Adopt-a-Psalm Compilation

February is over and my Adopt-a-Psalm commissions are complete. The stats? 28 days 10 Psalms 38:50 minutes of recorded music 12 pages of completed music 62 pages of drafts Below is a link to an audio compilation of the all … Continue reading

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Psalm 150: Hallel, Hallelujah!

Psalm 150 is the last, but by no means least of the Psalm settings I wrote this month.  Interestingly, it was the first one I drafted. The exuberance and repetition in the Psalm text gave me the idea of writing … Continue reading

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Psalm 145:13-21: My Mouth Will Speak the Praise of the Lord

The composition process is funny, because sometimes when you’re in the thick of writing something you begin to psych yourself out thinking that you’re polishing a fundamentally mediocre idea. I wrote a first draft of this yesterday, but by the … Continue reading

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Psalm 46: The Lord of All Is with Us

In this, my third to last Adopt-a-Psalm song, knowing I was writing something to commemorate the Reformation—and especially because Luther himself set Psalm 46 to music—I knew this needed to be special. I’m a huge fan of the lively rhythmic … Continue reading

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Psalm 33: A Symphony of Praise

Psalm 33 was a refreshing change. I’ve been doing a lot of dark Psalms during my Adopt-a-Psalm month, so it was nice to have one that was joyful and musical. I use Psalm 33:3’s “new Psalm/skillfully” as the scripture for … Continue reading

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Psalm 125: Those Who Trust in the Lord Shall Abide

This was one of the “easier” Psalms of my Adopt-a-Psalm month—lots of good images to work with, and no imprecations—but it gave me the hardest time. I think it was difficult because the song is so simple, and simple music … Continue reading

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Psalm 16: The Refuge of My Soul

Psalm 16 is the next in my Adopt-a-Psalm settings. I took a unique approach on this one. At first glance, it may seem like the song has little to do with the Psalm. It uses none of the “protect me, … Continue reading

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Psalm 4, the ridiculous outtake

Things get a little weird when you’re recording with two teenagers. (Okay, and with me.)

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How Do We Know What’s Real?

I should participate in FAWM and do an Adopt-a-Psalm program every year. Even though there’s a certain amount of stress involved in writing 14 songs in the shortest month, I find that when I have to write it primes my pump … Continue reading

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