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Psalms Project


From our friends @ Soli Deo Gloria: What can happen when talented composers from around the world are gripped by the words of the Hebrew Psalter? How might the worship life of the Church be stirred by a fresh influx of artistic creativity? * * * Soli Deo Gloria is pleased to announce an exciting expansion of the Psalms Project, made possible by lead support from Lilly Endowment, Inc. Over the next three years, we will introduce 15 new choral compositions inspired by the Psalms. We are assembling an international roster of prominent composers to illumine the Hebrew Psalter in new ways, accompanied by on-site workshops, lectures and discussion groups to explore the depths of the texts. SDG will tap a variety of churches, synagogues, universities, seminaries, community choruses and professional ensembles to lead this movement, and our goal is to enrich not only worshiping communities, performers and concert audiences, but also the lives of all for whom the Psalter is a timeless source of inspiration and strength. We invite you to browse the Psalms Project page at SDGmusic.org and enjoy: Radio interview with Psalms Project Program Director, Peter Bannister Full recording of the first Psalm in the series: Daniel Kellogg’s setting of Psalm 16, Preserve Me, O God Audio interview with commission dedicatee, Elsbeth Shannon Go here for the project page.


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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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Paul Simon’s new God-haunted album


“For someone who is not a religious person, God comes up a lot in my songs.” – Paul Simon The singer/songwriter – who began with partner Art Garfunkel in the late 60s as a folk duo – has a new album that is haunted by the idea (if not the person) of the Almighty. Getting Ready for Christmas Day is based on a 1940s sermon by Rev. G. M. Gates The Afterlife, Love and Hard Times, Questions for Angels Simon says in the promo video for the LP:  “There seems to be a theme in the album – not intentional…I noticed that after the first 5 or 6 songs, that God seemed to be in 4 or 5 of them.” You can stream the entire album from NPR First Listen for a limited time.


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Addison Road crowd-sources for music video – “This Little Light of Mine”


Clever idea. From INO Records: The members of Addison Road sent out a call to their fans to help them make a music video for their new single- This Little Light of Mine. They posed the question, “Where or how do YOU hope your light of Christ shines through you?” and each fan was given  one small candle to help them answer that question in a video clip. Hundreds of submissions were sent in – check out what they had to say!  


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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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Why recording & publishing music is better than ever


It feels like the veil between songwriter and listener has been rent from top to bottom, and that corporate structure that used to be in between the singer and the listener has been greatly diminished. Making a connection directly with an audience has never been easier, so we decided to go directly to our audience, tell them about this new project, and invite them to come in at whatever level they were comfortable with and fund this project. The response has been incredibly inspiring and humbling. Karin Bergquist and Linford Detwiler a.k.a Over the Rhine, interviewed by CT Magazine. Linford was interviewed by this blog last year and talks about motivation to write, what makes a song work, and opening for Bob Dylan.


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