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Bhakti: A Kirtan Album, CD

“…a soaring beautiful collection of kirtan chants… The combination of Gregorian-style chanting with harmonium is quite breathtaking…All the music on this album is stunning, tightly performed and beautiful.”

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Topics: Arts and Music, Devotional, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, The Arts & Culture, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Music.

Sing It Forward

Sing It Forward, a collection of progressive lyrics for congregational singing, gives you back the music you once loved to sing.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Devotional, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Resource Types: Music.

Faith of metaphor and mystery

Hymn lyrics – general version and wedding/union version
(Can be sung to: Regent Square (Angels from the realms of glory)—Henry Thomas Smart, Westminster Abbey (Christ is made a sure foundation)—Henry Purcell, or Cwm Rhondda (Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer)—John Hughes)

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Here Before Us – A Christmas Song

Tune: In Dulci Jubilo
1. Our world cries out to be reborn:
a world of pain, all tossed and torn.
Babies born to mothers
scarce old enough to yet conceive,
like Jesus born to Mary,
so young, so fearful, so naive;
he was there before us,
Jesus born that way.
 
2. Our world cries out to be reborn:
where power abused is now the norm.
Leaders lead with violence
where life and innocence are slain,
as Herod murdered children
through fear of challenge in his reign;
Christ was there before us,
Jesus lived that day.
 
3. Our world of greed must free itself
from worship of material wealth.
Kings brought gifts to Jesus
and laid their treasure at his feet;
but he grew rich in spirit,
in poverty he was complete.
He was there before us,
there to show the Way.
 
4. Our world saw light on Christmas Day
when love drew breath amid the hay.
In the Bible pages
full of long-remembered tales,
through metaphor and story
the truth of Christmas still prevails:
Jesus is before us,
here to show the Way.
Jesus is before us,
he is here to stay!
 
Chris Avis Nov 2010
 
Notes and suggestions
The tempo should be a little slower than for ‘Good Christian men rejoice’, to suit the reflective nature of the words.
In some verses, lines 4 and/or 5 have an extra syllable compared to the usual length, requiring the original first note of affected lines to be sung as two crotchets instead of a single minim. This is a simple modification musically and should pose no problem.
The extra two lines at the end of verse 4 repeat the tune of the previous two lines, perhaps with a suitable rallentando.
If this is sung by a choir, the following suggestions might be useful, though probably inadvisable for congregational singing!
1. It could be effective to sing verse 2 a semitone lower, returning to ‘normal’ for verse 3.
2. Similarly, the more upbeat feel of the last verse might be enhanced by singing it in a higher key.

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Resource Types: Hymns and Music.

Kristopher Lindquist: Music with Progressive and Mystic Chants and Lyrics

http://kelmusic.com/home.htmlPianist-Composer, Spiritual explorer, meditator, mystic, chantsongs, vocal solos, ballads for piano, free improvisation. Celtic, jazz and classical influences in a personal blend. Please take a tour and check it out. If you resonate with my music, I'll be very pleased. If it enhances your living and growing as a human being, I'll be most honored. From Tucson, Arizona, USA, North America — in the bright sunshine and fertile soil of the Sonora Desert — I wish you deep peace as we share life on this little planet Earth.  

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Resource Types: Chants, Hymns, and Music.

Free, New Progressive Hymns

William Flanders makes his progressive hymns available for free on his website.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Hymns and Music.
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