Category Archives: Psalms

Psalm 40: Patiently (revised, Psalm contest winner)

Let me tell you the history of Psalm 40. Well, not the complete history; that stretches back a few millennia. But I can tell you the history of my musical rendition of Psalm 40; that only goes back two decades. … Continue reading

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Oh, That I Had Wings (Psalm 55)

You may have heard that I won the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest with my Psalm 40 song, “Patiently.” What you may not have heard is that I lost the contest with my Psalm 55 song, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Psalm 96: A New Song in Lansdale, PA

One of the things that makes me feel downright legit as a composer is stumbling across a video of one of my pieces online–a video that I didn’t upload, performed by musicians I don’t know. In this case, it is the … Continue reading

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Psalm 46: O Lord of All, You Are Our Home

You will no doubt remember that during my Adopt-a-Psalm composing frenzy, I wrote a setting of Psalm 46 in 4+6/8 time. Yes, it worked. Yes, it was kind of catchy in its own asymmetrical way. But realistically, it would have … Continue reading

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Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord

Two weeks ago, I was artist-in-residence at Western Theological Seminary at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Rev. Ron Rienstra. Part of my work was to plan chapel services with students. We chose the theme “Psalm Echoes,” each day pairing a … Continue reading

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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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Eagle Creek, Tremble Before the Lord

Eagle Creek: Eight Days ~ Moments in Time ~ Two Scenes from JMM on Vimeo. Every once in a while I receive a note letting me know that someone has sung one of my songs in their church, or asking … 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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