All posts tagged "Free downloads"

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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NoiseTrade upgrade


NoiseTrade.com just revamped their site and made it even easier (!) to use. All that’s required is an email, zip code, and your choice between a Tweet, Facebook plug, or email to friends.  $$ is appreciated, of course (I’d encourage paying something), but not necessary. If you are looking to publish & distribute your music, NoiseTrade is something to consider. Check out Derek Webb’s newest below or on the site here.


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We’re all born orphans – new song


Though I Was Born An Orphan is a wonderful new song that works well with a focus on the theological themes of adoption and care for the fatherless. The free download (lead sheet and demo audio) is courtesy of David Ward and Northbrook Baptist of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lyrics: Though I was born an orphan, Abandoned and alone, Enslaved and bound in darkness, Without a hope or home, The God of grace and mercy From his eternal throne Ordained to be my Father And claim me as His own. That I might be adopted The Father sent his Son To live in full obedience And die for what I’ve done. Now through his resurrection, Through faith, with him I’m one. A member of his household, I am an heir, a son. To soothe my fear and worry The Spirit from on high Was sent to be a witness That “Father!” I might cry. O How I love this Father! I’m never left alone. He’s come to dwell within me Until he calls me home. Since I have this adoption, I cannot close my home To widows and to orphans, Abandoned and alone. Lord, fill me with compassion To love the fatherless, That I might show the nations How great my Father is! A good tune for Orphan Sunday in November. Their site:  ReformedPraise.org


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Save the Children- Essie Mae Brooks


American roots music provides an untapped resource for church musicians who are looking for something different yet familiar. Well-known are the spirituals (Ain’t that Good News, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, etc.), but early rural American blues & gospel music contains profoundly spiritual elements. Here is an example:  Save The Children – Essie Mae Brooks (mp3 download) Who is Essie Mae Brooks? From the Music Maker Relief Foundation website: Essie Mae Brooks was born in Houston County, Georgia in 1930.  Her father was a great drummer in the nearly forgotten African-American tradition called “Drumbeat.” He would play the drum every weekend and people would gather and dance all night long.  Her grandfather was a harmonica player and Essie started singing to accompany him. She began singing and writing gospel songs as a girl and has never stopped. Here’s a video of Essie Mae performing a snippet of a song. For more like this, click here. (Audio & photo credit:  Music Maker Relief Foundation)


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John Piper, Bob Kauflin on worship


Sovereign Grace Ministries has done the church universal a great favor and posted all of the video and audio from the 2009 WorshipGod conference on-line free of charge and obligation. John Piper is pastor of Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis and a great preacher (you need to hear him if you haven’t). Bob Kauflin is Worship Leader for Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD, formerly with Glad, and a noted writer and arranger. You can both listen and download from their site, but I’ve listed some downloads I plan to listen to below for your convenience. For all downloads, right-click and select “Save Target/Link As:” The God of Worship (John Piper) Download MP3 The Heart of Worship (John Piper) Download MP3 Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Leading (C.J. Mahaney and Bob Kauflin) Download MP3 The Future of Worship (Bob Kauflin) Download MP3 First Things First: Maintaining Priorities on and around the Worship Team (Julie Kauflin, Shelley Reinhart, and others) Download MP3 | Download PDF Let All the People Be Glad: Corporate Worship and Expressiveness (Bob Kauflin) Download MP3 | Download PDF Reviving the Hymns (David Ward) Download MP3 | Download PDF Thoughts on Songwriting, Part 1 (Keith & Kristyn Getty) Listen | Download MP3 Thoughts on Songwriting, Part 2 (Keith & Kristyn Getty) Listen | Download MP3 Much more available (including sessions on time management & priorities, leading children in worship, managing tech & teams) available directly from Sovereign Grace here. May God bless them for providing these!


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