Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

15 November 2014

Empty Hands


Love, love, loving this CD.  A crowdfunded project, Empty Hands is a CD of songs written for congregational singing.  The words are deep and brilliant and the music is amazing.  I love every one of the eleven songs and can't wait to be singing them all at church.  We've got two down, nine to go.

A couple of the songs will take a little more teaching than the rest but they're all perfect for congregations, right down to considerate pitch and speed.  Any congregation that can manoeuvre its way around Getty/Townend repertoire will eat these songs up for breakfast.  With great joy.

There is one extra test when we're considering new songs for church.  The congregation that will be taking on these songs is somewhat starved of musicians.  So most weeks you will find us singing along to recorded music.  No live musicians for us.  We've learned how to sing along to recorded music and it works well enough most weeks.   When I am listening out for new songs I'm also listening out for recordings that that we can sing to.  This CD ticks that box as well.  Every track.  Very happy.

Not needing new songs at church but just after a new and uplifting CD.  This is your one.

The CD is available for people like me who have yet to learn how to navigate iTunes but you can also find it in all the usual digital locations.  There are more details, including how to get yourself a copy here.

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While on the topic of music, does anyone know of a recorded version (for the above mentioned musicianless congregation) of Matt Redman's "Blessed be your Name" that will be suitable for our needs?  There seems to be plenty of versions about the place but they are too high, too low, with too much improvisation, too many long long instrumental bits (there's probably a fancy word for that) between verses, too much harmony and not enough tune...  Any suggestions?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey lovely Meredith,
I sing along at home to the Newsboys' version of 'Blessed be your name', from their CD Adoration. Don't know if it would work in a congregational setting? If someone in your congregation has a Spotify account, there are more than 30 versions by various artists, free to listen to. I don't know the story with APRA rights, but at least you could potentially find a version that suits and go from there?
with love
Sal

Meredith said...

Hey lovely Sal,
Great to see you last week.
I think it may be a Newsboys version that we tried...but don't quote me on that. Whatever it was, rich in harmony as it was, it didn't work for us at all. But your comment has inspired me - I have just looked at Spotify and think I can probably manage that. So sometime I will get me a Spotify account and see what I can find. There must be ONE recording out there that will work, surely... Thanks for being inspiring once again.
Mx