Thursday, August 2, 2018

I Lift Up My Eyes with the Carriage House Pickers

One of my favorite parts of writing this music is having the chance to sing it with a congregation as a part of worship. Last Sunday at Kittamaqundi Community, we got to do just that - this is me with the Carriage House Pickers, and our rendition of I Lift Up My Eyes, a song from the hymnal based on Psalm 121. The tune is based on Jesse James, for those who think it sounds familiar.

Please enjoy!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thank you, UCC General Synod!

Thanks to everybody who was so supportive at General Synod this weekend!

Take a look at this video, starting at 1:44:49 - We'll All Stand Together was one of our hymns during worship.

Interested in sheet music for just We'll All Stand Together? Follow this link. Or, for a whole hymnal full of new songs and classics, take a look at the column to the right -->

Monday, June 26, 2017

UCC General Synod in Baltimore

Hey everybody,

I'm excited for Synod, and if you're a UCC church nerd, much like myself, you probably are too. I'm extra excited because I'll be part of the worship team this year. Friday at the opening worship and again on Monday, we'll be singing "We'll All Stand Together," together as a whole national church. I am beyond thrilled whenever I wake up and realize it's REALLY happening. So, if you are in town for synod, please be sure to come to those services, and also, check me out "busking" in the convention center on Saturday morning after plenary lets out.

A link to Synod here, in case you're interested:

Here's a video of that song if you want to learn it ahead of time. :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Feeling Resistant?

So, in the last few months I've been contemplating how the work for justice is a long road to walk. This new song, "We'll All Stand Together," is about keeping faith along the way.

I want this song to be an encouragement, and I want people to have it and to sing it, so if you already have a hymnal and you want this one, I'll send the sheet music to you free - just e-mail me at thenewbluegrasshymnal (at) before Ash Wednesday. And if you don't have a hymnal yet, but get one before Ash Wednesday this year, I'll include this as a bonus song as well. Thanks for listening! Let's sing together.

Friday, December 9, 2016

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

This last Sunday at church I shared a new version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is a prayer for peace and for renewed trust in God's love for us. 

I think the new tune gives the song a fresh meaning. See what you think.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Mighty Fortress

Last year a pastor friend of mine posted a challenge in one of our online clergy groups - did anybody have a bluegrass version of A Mighty Fortress is Our God? I didn't, but I had been learning a tune, "Down in the Willow Garden," that I thought just might fit. Well, here it is, one of the songs in the New Bluegrass Hymnal - a new setting with mildly revised lyrics that opens up this traditional hymn of faith and trust in a whole new way. Enjoy!