Oct 242014
 

In this latest installment of the Christmas Music Deluge, I’ve added a new arrangement of “Gesù Bambino,” (Pietro Yon/Frederick H. Martens) for Solo, SSA or SSATB choir.

I love the original dearly just the way it is, so in arranging it I tried to do something a little different. This arrangement is designed to be a bit more upbeat and sound a bit more modern. Here’s a recording from Allyse Smith Taylor’s Christmas album.

Available on CD: “On a Still and Starry Night” (All CDS)
Flute by Anne Lauritzen
Also new this time is a duet arrangement of “Born to Wear a Crown, with optional flute obbligato. Here’s Allyse’s duet with James Loynes.

Available on CD: “On a Still and Starry Night” (All CDS)
Flute by Anne Lauritzen
Until now, this song was available only for SATB or SSA. If you’d like to hear the choral, listen to this lovely recording I found of one of the Ogden Institute Choirs singing it a few years ago at a Church Music Festival. What a lovely performance!

The 128kbps audio files from Allyse’s album are available free on the individual song pages. You can get the high-bitrate files from CDBaby or iTunes. There is also an accompaniment tracks version available both from CDBaby or iTunes.

Also, until November 1, you can get the “On a Still and Starry Night” CD with vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor for $2.50 per copy.

Next up: “In the Bleak Midwinter” and… hmmm… well, I haven’t decided yet! Hopefully within the week again. (Did you notice I actually managed it this week? **pats self on back** :) )

Jan 192014
 

Last May, this song happened: “Only Love.” Last May? Yeah, it really was that long ago. I wrote this song in collaboration with Josh Weed, who has become one of my favorite people. Josh gives his take here on how we came to write it together. I’ll admit this collaboration was a leap of faith. [Read More...]

Dec 302013
 
Simply beautiful

A couple of weeks ago this lovely CD showed up in my mailbox. It came to me because three of my arrangements are included on it: “Be Still My Soul,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The artist on this disk is Sara Noel Bauman, an extremely talented violinist, [Read More...]

Dec 012013
 
'Tis the Season

One of the greatest things about self-publishing is that you can write Christmas music any time you like. For example, during the Christmas season. One of the worst things about self-publishing is that you tend to write Christmas music at the wrong time of year to be useful. For example, during the Christmas season. Case [Read More...]

Sep 162013
 

Here, for your Monday entertainment, is a cover of my arrangement of “Be Still, My Soul,” recorded by Jenna Jackman Handy. She takes a lot of liberties with the melody… okay, scratch that… the melody is practically her own, and it suits her voice perfectly. I know one or two of you are wondering… do [Read More...]