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Three for Emily Brink: DODECAPHONIA

Finally, the weirdest song of the three written for Emily Brink’s retirement collection. It is quite possibly the first 12 tone hymn tune ever written. 12 tone technique, also known as serialism or dodecaphony, uses “tone rows” to give equal weight to … Continue reading

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Three for Emily Brink: What Wondrous Joy

The grande dame of congregational song, Emily Brink, recently retired. I was asked to provide some music for a book celebrating her career: “One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: A Scrapbook of Worship Resources for the Worldwide Church.” Of course, I was happy … Continue reading

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Will This Night Never End?

Coming to the close of my “One Long Year” song cycle, you’ll notice that this song bookends the first song, “This Night Will Never End.” The first time it appeared, it was full of hope. Now that things have pretty … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to get Diakonian

Welcome! Unless you’re a regular subscriber to my music blog (and who wouldn’t want to be?) you’re here to get the files you need for the Diakonia Remixed contest. If you just want to listen to the song, here’s the … Continue reading

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If You’re Weary

Here is a simple little song based on Matthew 11:28 that I started in Uganda, finished when I got back to the US, and premiered in Singapore. Now I’ve finally recorded it. The trick about recording is that it’s never … Continue reading

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: strings, brass, and piano

I’ve got lots to do for Sunday’s Lessons & Carols service at Church of the Servant (6pm, if you’re interested), but true to form I feel the compulsion to add one more thing to my to do list: write a … Continue reading

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Prairie Prelude in the Philippines

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. It’s always a mystery to me: who is visiting my website or subscribing to my blog? which songs are they using? where are the songs traveling? YouTube has answered … Continue reading

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A City on a Hill

Update 10/1/20: Sheet music for “A City on a Hill” can be downloaded here. I just got back from Berlin, and one of the highlights was… the Berlin Wall? Kurfürstendamm? Die französische Kirche? Nein, meine liebe Damen und Herren. MC … Continue reading

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There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

When I was in Uganda I was doodling on the guitar one day and I came up with a cool little guitar riff. Somehow it seemed to match up in my mind with the hymn text “There’s a Wideness in … Continue reading

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Abba Father

Calvin College’s chaplain Andy De Jong is doing a chapel series on the Lord’s Prayer. He asked if I would compose a new tune for a text by Thomas Troeger called “Let All Who Pray the Prayer Christ Taught.” It … Continue reading

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