Sep 172011
 

This is a communion hymn. I particularly like it for its ancient sound. I’ve posted two versions of this tune. The first (in “G”) is a little more accurate and the second (in “D”) is a little bit easier to play. The original is in D-flat-minor or something like that…. which sounds more like a punchline than a musical key. Anyway, here are the tunes:

 

The Tune: Draw Near in G (PDF)

The Tune: Draw Near in D (PDF)

Sep 112011
 

How Great Thou Art

I spent another weekend with the Big Guy in a monastery… with no Internet… no big screen television… no happy hour… not much of anything, really. But I did have a little free time on my hands to catch up on listening to some organ music and thinking about how cool it would be to get my hands on a set of those pipes so I could drill fingering holes and play them like whistles. You know… like they ought to be played.

Somebody distract the abbot. I’ll grab a hand full of the smaller ones and make a break for it!

The Tune: How Great Thou Art (in D) (PDF) (Play on a Bb Whistle for Original Key)

Aug 312011
 

I danced in the morning when the world was young;
I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun;
I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had My birth.

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

I danced for the scribes and the Pharisees;
They wouldn’t dance, they wouldn’t follow me.
I danced for the fishermen James and John;
They came with Me so the dance went on.

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame;
The holy people said it was a shame.
They ripped, they stripped, they hung Me high–
Left Me there on the cross to die 

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

I danced on a Friday when the world turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried My body, they thought I was gone —
But I am the Dance, and the Dance goes on!

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that will never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me —
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

The Tune: The Lord of the Dance in D (PDF)