“Faith of Our Fathers” #Music

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Today we celebrate Father’s Day in the United States. I wish all fathers and father figures a blessed, peaceful, and joyous day! And I pray each one of us feels the love of our Heavenly Father, today and every day!

“Faith of Our Fathers” is a beautiful Catholic hymn. Frederick William Faber wrote the text in 1849. The most common melody heard in the United States is “St. Catherine” by Henri F. Hemy.

I hope you enjoy this hymn, played on ukulele and viola, with accompanying shakers: A tiny rain stick, Little Spirit pear branch, Harmony Ball earth sphere, and Rhythm rock.

Happy Father’s Day!

“To God Be the Glory” #Music

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Like
“Near the Cross,”
“To God Be the Glory” was written by Fanny Crosby and William Howard Doane. It was first published in 1875 and is still a popular hymn in many Christian denominations.

I hope you enjoy today’s arrangement with ukulele, viola, alto recorder, myrtlewood and pear branch shakers, and of course, double strung harp!

“‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” #Music

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“‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” is based on Isaiah 12:2, which reads:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
–(KJV)

Louisa M. R. Stead wrote the lyrics, and William J. Kirkpatrick wrote the melody to this hymn, first published in 1882. Though it’s still popular, I don’t remember singing it in church as a child. I do, however, vividly recall listening to a record album that included this hymn. (Thanks, Pop-pop Clyde!) I played and replayed it, because I liked how the melody flowed. And that was long before I played any instruments myself!

Speaking of instruments, there’s quite a merry folk band today! You’re listening to ukulele, viola, 2 wooden shakers (one of myrtlewood and one from a pear branch) alto recorder, and double strung harp.

I hope you enjoy this arrangement!

“The Sweet By-and-by” #Music

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This hymn was first published in 1868, with lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett and music by Joseph P. Webster. It is still a popular traditional Christian hymn that appears in many modern hymnals. I’ve always found it comforting and peaceful.

Today, enjoy ukulele and viola, then compare the sounds of double strung harp, lyre, harp again, and last but not least, zither. Though these instruments are similar, they have different sound qualities. You will hear some slight buzzing in the harp recording, because I misplaced the microphone. My apologies!

Did you know? There are 98 strings in this arrangement! The harp has 23 strings on each side, for a total of 46. The lyre and zither each have 22 strings. Ukulele and viola have 4 strings each. That’s a lot of strings to tune!

I do hope you enjoy this hymn!

“At the Cross” #Music

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This hymn was written by Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748). It was first published in 1707 and is still popular today, especially for evangelism.

I hope you enjoy this arrangement, played on viola and alto recorder, with ukulele accompaniment!

“Lament for Kilcash” #Music

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This is a beautiful Irish air, written in the early 1700’s. My arrangement is played on ukulele, Oriole (soprano) recorder, alto recorder, and ends as a recorder trio with the soprano part, 2 alto parts, and continued ukulele accompaniment.

I hope you enjoy it!

“The Red Bridge” #Music

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This is a piece I wrote for one of Sue Vincent’s #Writephoto prompts
last May. I didn’t sing it at the time, but posted a meditation
version on lyre. You can listen to or download that
here.

This version has vocals, accompanied by ukulele. There’s also a viola
part, melody on alto recorder, and an alto recorder duet.

I hope you enjoy this arrangement!

“Madrid” #Music

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The Spanish traditional melody, “Madrid,” has also been published as
“Seville.” It is the musical setting for the hymn, “Come, Christians,
Join to Sing.” Christian henry Bateman wrote the lyrics in the 1800’s.
However, they are a rewritten version of a hymn by William Edward
Hickson, “Join Now in Praise, and Sing,” also written in the 1800’s.
Both hymns are in the public domain in the United States. Although we
no longer need to be concerned with copyright issues, we should still
give credit where credit is due.

My arrangement of “Madrid” is played on lyre, alto recorder, and
viola. I hope you enjoy it, and wish you a happy, peaceful, and safe
Palm Sunday!

“Mantle So Green” #Music

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You may be familiar with this 19th-century Irish tune, “Mantle So Green.” Perhaps you’ve heard Sinead O’Connor’s recording. It’s a song about a woman remaining faithful to her beloved, who went off to fight in a British war.

This is a popular Celtic harp tune, and today I’m playing lyre (mine sounds like a harp), with alto recorder and viola rounding out the session, as it were.

I hope you enjoy this arrangement!