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Hymn for Memorial Day


Here’s a musical setting for the classic poem “In Flander’s Fields” by John MaCrae, which lyrics are below. According to the site: Paul Fussell writes in The Great War and Modern Memory, ‘Each image accurately triggers off its expected emotional response:  We have the red flowers of traditional pastoral elegy — which go back to Milton (and beyond); the crosses which suggest the idea of Calvary and sacrifice; the sky as seen from a trench; the larks singing in the midst of the horrors and terrors of man’s greatest folly; the constrast between the song of the larks and the voice of the guns; the special significance of dawn and sunset with the anticpated echoses of Gray’s Elegy; the conception of soldiers as lovers; and the antithesis drawn between beds and graves.” Let’s not forget also that “greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Free downloads for both medium high voice and low voice.    


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Everybody’s favorite hymns


Christianity Today surveyed 28 hymnals and has listed them on a .pdf for download. Here are the top seven: 1  1847 Abide with me: fast falls the eventide H. Lyte 2 1779 All hail the power of Jesus’ name E. Perronet 3 1844 Come, ye thankful people, come H. Alford 4 1851 Crown him with many crowns M. Bridges; alt. G. Thring, 1874 5 1779 Glorious things of thee are spoken J. Newton 6 1745 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah Wm. Williams 7 1826 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty R. Heber CT also has a story on how they survey was done.  


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Free Easter song downloads from Keith & Kristin Getty


Irish songsters Keith and Kristin Getty (In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross) are offering free downloads in time for Passion Week rehearsals. These are terrific songs that can be adapted easily for your group or team, regardless of size or ability: ++++ The Power of the Cross Recorded by both Heather Headley and Kristyn Getty, this hymn takes us from Gethsemene to Calvary, reminding us what it meant for Christ to suffer. Download FREE MP3 | Download FREE PDF +++ Come, People of the Risen King An up-tempo call to worship, perfect for your band on Easter Sunday. Download FREE MP3 | Download FREE PDF From Keith & Kristin:  “These PDFs are freely copyable for churches with a CCLI license. Please forward to your worship team and volunteers so that they can download the MP3s also.” Consider bookmarking their site – www.gettymusic.com –  as a reliable resource for planning.


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Free downloads – Complete Bach organ works


According to the site: Free downloads of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany, are offered on this site. Click Familiar Masterworks to begin with a selection of audience favorites. Click Catalog for a list of all works. Click Search to find a specific work, collection or venue. Click Download in Groups to download multiple works with a single click. HT:  Cal Beisner


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Winter Snow by Audrey Assad


A new Christmas song I really like: Could’ve come like a mighty storm with all the strength of a hurricane You could’ve come like a forrest fire with the power of heaven in your flame But you came like a winter snow quiet and soft and slow Falling from the sky in the night to the earth below Could’ve swept in like a tidal wave or an ocean to ravish our hearts You could have come through like a roaring flood to wipe away the things we’ve scarred No, your voice wasn’t in a bush burning No, your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind It was still, it was small, it was hidden Free chart download w/free membership sign-up with WorshipTogether.


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The Innocence Mission – God is Love


I stumbled across The Innocence Mission while listening to NPR sometime ago and was struck by how simple, tasteful, and tuneful their songs were (the name fits them well). They are led by Don and Karen Paris, a husband and wife team, and formed in Lancaster County Pennsylvania (Amish country) in the early 80s when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. God is Love (below and here) is a good example of their sound.  I can see this being used by youth groups and small group gatherings to help ‘set the scene’ for worship or teaching. Stream it free from their site here, where you can also download free chord charts and lyric sheets. God Is Love by the innocence mission


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Free download, support indie artists


I’ve admired and supported what Derek Webb has been doing and developed into NoiseTrade for a few years now, providing a viable alternative for artists overlooked by major labels by distributing music for free. Says NoiseTrade: For over two years, NoiseTrade has been in the business of connecting artists and fans through the exchange of free music. Over that time, we’ve built a loose-knit community of 2,500 artists and 170,000 fans who have caught on to our fair trade music proposition…. We haven’t taken on bank loans or venture capital. We haven’t paid ourselves or carried any overhead other than the hard cost of hosting the site and handling support. No office space, no utilities, no payroll. We don’t charge our artists for using the service. The great news is that the current NoiseTrade is paying for itself. The 20% that we retain from pay-what-you-want tips is keeping the site running smoothly and paying the costs of the business. 50,000 fans a month download free music from the site, and many artists are building new audiences. Now with the Noisemakers campaign, you can download a free sample by only providing an email and zip code (I can attest that you will NOT be bombarded with spam) and – if so moved – give a gift to keep things going there. Click above or here to do so.


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