We missed a lot of choir this summer (all for good reasons), and I've missed even more keeping track of what we've sung when I have been there. As in not since May 18, after which I took off for Switzerland and other wild adventures with grandchildren. I'm not going to try to remember what I might have missed documenting, but will start with the past two weeks, since the new choir season began. Because these music posts are mostly for my own record-keeping, I won't be including YouTube videos most of the time now. Each title below links to an excerpt, however, and many of our anthems can be found in their entirety (though not with us singing) via a YouTube search, should anyone be interested in more.
Sunday, August 30, 2014
Look at the World (Hinshaw Music, NMC1527)
Sunday, September 6, 2014
Be Unto Your Name (Word Music, O80689124273)).
Sunday, May 18, 2014. Thinking especially of a special person who celebrates her 50th birthday today!
Hosannah and Hallelujah! (Hope Publishing, C5688). No YouTube video this time; click on the link to listen.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 The men of our choir, plus a few others from the church, took over for the women in honor of Mother's Day. I felt a little uncomfortable not sitting in the choir loft, but I did have a great seat: just about where the cameras were in the video below. The men sang twice (besides the regular service music): A version of Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in this Place (Lanny Wolfe, arranged by Elmo Mercer, Lanny Wolfe Music), which they did beautifully. What blew our socks off, however, was Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Tomlin/Giglio/Newton/Raney), Hope Publishing, C5644). We've done it as a whole choir before, but I just love what the men did with it.
This video is courtesy of our friend and fellow choir member, Beth, who deeply regrets not getting the whole song. It took a while for people to realize that this was a moment to be preserved. I didn't even think of my own camera, sitting under my chair in my purse. You may be able to see a longer—though still not complete—version if you are friends with me on Facebook. Or maybe not; I've discovered that when I share other people's posts, sometimes my friends can see them, and sometimes they can't. In any case, I'm so grateful to have this much for a reminder of how lovely it all was. (Heather, you know the guy behind Dad, too.)
I've said before that I love going to a church that has services every single day between Palm Sunday and Easter, and I love even more living close enough that there's little hindrance to attending them. Beyond ordinary busy-ness, that is, which we're supposed to be giving lower priority during the most momentous week of the Church Year. Writing this up so late, I'll no doubt miss something, but GEIBTP.
Palm Sunday I miss processing with whole palm branches instead of little leaves, but at least they were still cut from the yard instead of purchased. The best part was the music provided by our own little orchestra! It was great being led by trumpets: we stayed together much better than we usually do while trying to sing All Glory, Laud, and Honor spread out all around the church and the parking lot. The orchestra was amazing: these are middle schoolers, some of whom just started playing their instruments this year. Great music? No. Helpful? Very much so. Inspiring? Yes, yes, yes! And I was really impressed by their endurance. Other hymns, songs, and anthems:
Ride On! Ride On! In Majesty! (tune: The King's Majesty); A Simple Word of Grace; It Was Finished on the Cross (solo); At the Name of Jesus (tune: King's Weston); O Sacred Head Sore Wounded (tune: Passion Chorale). Plus an anthem, which I'm pretty sure was the beautiful To Love Our God (Mark Hayes, Hinshaw Music HMC1576).
Have I made it clear enough that our church likes to be active in worship, to sing, and to feast?
Sunday, March 23, 2014:
I Am Not Afraid (Martin/Larson, Bekenhorst Publishing, BP1863). (You must click the link to hear this one.)
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Tomlin/Giglio/Newton/Raney), Hope Publishing, C5644). (You must click the link to hear this one, too.)
Funny—with so much of the mainstream now celebrating Pi Day, I find myself less inclined to do so. But for the sake of our grandson, with whom a phone conversation is more likely to consist of recitations of pi to 36 digits, or of whether a given number is prime or composite, than it is of "what did you do today?" I will reprise the Pi Day video I posted in 2011. Enjoy!
Our Ash Wednesday anthem: I Am Not Afraid (Martin/Larson, Bekenhorst Publishing, BP1863). (You must click the link to hear this one.)
And for Sunday, March 10, 2014, the beautiful Adoramus Te (David Hicken, Hal Leonard, 08748829). This recording is still not our choir, but getting closer: it's from one of the times when our children's choir sang (with many others) at Carnegie Hall for the National Children's Choir Festival. I know one can get tired of anything, but at the moment I feel we could sing this every week!
Sunday, March 2, 2014:
This being the last Sunday before the alleluias disappear for Lent, we pulled out all the stops with anthems and hymns featuring that joyous shout.
When in Our Music God Is Glorified (arr. by Mark Hayes, Beckenhorst Press, BP1750). There's still no YouTube version, but the link takes you to JWPepper.com, where you can hear it.
This was our introit (alleluia section) and processional hymn (hymn section). It was a clever idea, and mostly went over well, though the congregation was a little confused about when to stand. We managed to sing and walk at the same time (always diffcult with an anthem, rather than a plain hymn), and a wonderful trumpet player (Nancy Micklos King) covereth a multitude of sins.
Our anthem was We're Gonna Worship Christ the King (Pepper Choplin, Lorenz, 10/4245L). This version doesn't really do it justice, but YouTube beggars can't be choosers. We had a great soloist (Mark King), the anthem was fun to sing, and it all came together very well. (Yes, Mark is Nancy's husband, this making the third set of Mark-and-Nancy spouses in our immediate circle.)
Recently we attended another wonderful Horns & Pipes concert at Orlando's Cathedral Church of St. Luke. We have been enjoying these ever since Heather made the suggestion back in 1996. One of the works featured was Fisher Tull's The Binding. I believe Heather and Janet in particular will enjoy hearing it, even though this version I found on YouTube is not quite as glorious as with the larger and more professional Horns & Pipes ensemble.
Sunday, February 23, 2014: How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin, arr. Jack Schrader, Hope Publishing Company, C5491).
While we were singing, one of the little girls in the second row got up and started to dance!
The Lord's Prayer (Benjamin Harlan, Harold Flammer A8674)
I'm sorry for the lack of YouTube video, and even sorrier that you don't get to hear our own talented cellist, but you can hear the anthem, complete with cello part, at the JWPepper link above.