Music

Welcome

This page features some of my original music.  Please feel free to any of the worship / congregational music under a Creative Commons / Attribution license.  Below is a description of each song, with lyrics and notes about the song’s meaning, together with an MP3 file to a song demo and a copy of a lead sheet.  All demos were recorded and mixed in my home project studio.

If you listen to this music you’ll see that it’s made for a “contemporary” worship format.  I’ve always been involved in contemporary worship, but I resonate with much of Brian McLaren’s critique of commercial worship music.  I want to write congregational songs that are singable, hopeful, and focused on God’s extravagant goodness.  I want the theology within my songs to reflect a broad, ecumenical catholicity and a thoughtful spirituality that draws on the full, diverse range of scriptural and traditional expression about who God is, what He has done, and how we relate to Him.   I want to craft songs that fit into a liturgical flow centered on God’s gifts to us, especially as we receive them at the communion table, and God’s sending us out for mission.  I hope I’ve succeeded at least a little bit in that goal and that you might find a use for some of these songs in your own worship setting.

The Love of God Never Changes

This song is based on Romans 8:16-30.  This is complex, beautiful part of scripture that reflects St. Paul’s perspective on the apocalyptic hope of restoration for the Church and for the entire creation.  This hope, grounded in God’s faithfulness and goodness, sustains us in every season.

We Will Walk Together

This song is based on Revelation 21-22.  These chapters are the summative vision of the entire scriptural narrative, in which the restored creation lives in God’s city in peace.  The bridge / refrain invokes Revelation 22:17:

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

The song, like the text on which it is based, serves as both a vision of the Church’s eschatological hope and an invitation to all of humanity to share in that vision.