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O Christ Our Hope 

Text: O Christ Our Hope, a Latin hymn from the 7th or 8th Century.
Music: KINGSFOLD, Traditional English Melody
Guitar & Vocals: Nathan C. George
Video: Asher Pope

I added two subtle synths, some reverb, and a very subtle doubled vocal, along with a little EQ and compression.

How Sweet and Awesome is the Place 

Guitar & Vocal: Nathan Clark George
Text: Isaac Watts, 1707
Music: ST. COLUMBIA (Old Irish Melody)

Video: Captured by Asher Pope, 2021
Audio Recording: This was a live recording with an extra guitar layered on top for the solo. Used a Universal Audio interface, a Vanguard Stereo mic, and added some EQ, compression, and reverb.

Here's a PDF with Chords in D 
And here's one in G (transposed it's really too low for the staff... But, I play this in G, but with a drop D tuning.) 

 

Music for Short Missions Animation 

I really enjoy writing music for a variety of projects and recently I got a chance to do that for a short animation for our church. I got to work with my children in the creation process, too.

Asher Pope did the animation. I did not know just how much work animation is! He landed on something simple, but classy. Then we recorded Zach Fulginiti for the narration, I wrote the music bed, and Elliot (my son) wrote the string quartet parts. Late one night this week, I set up the mics and recorded my children playing the string parts. They are subtle, but really add to the vibe. My hat's off to Elliot!  

Plus, it's great to see one historical aspect of our church so clearly. Enjoy: 

 

Video: Old Home Place 

Here's a great old tune by Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb, first recorded and released by The Dillards in 1963. I love how these sad songs that really capture a yearning for home. 

VIDEO: I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord 

Here's an old song recorded with my family. We like to take it in a quasi-bluegrass vein, but it would be a great congregational song too. Enjoy!

 

1 I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, or to defend his cause, 
maintain the honor of his Word, the glory of his cross. 

2 Jesus, my God! I know his name, his name is all my trust; 
nor will he put my soul to shame, nor let my hope be lost. 

3 Firm as his throne his promise stands, and he can well secure 
what I’ve committed to his hands ’til the decisive hour. 

4 Then will he own my worthless name before his Father’s face, 
and in the new Jerusalem appoint my soul a place. 

Text: Isaac Watts, 1709 Music: PISGAH, from Kentucky Harmony, 1817.

VIDEO: Are You Weary, Are You Languid 

A good friend brought this hymn to my attention, and it’s a good one. I don’t know that I have ever used the word languid. However, it sure does capture the idea of weakness and fatigue well. In times of uncertainty or doubt, the text of this old song is wonderfully encouraging. “Is he sure to bless? Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs answer yes.”

Text: John Mason Neale, 1882 
Music: STEPHANOS, by Henry W. Baker, 1868 
For the arrangement I simply adjusted the chord structure and an added refrain using the last verse of the text. 

Chorded Version: Download 

Capo Chorded Version:  Download 

Text: 

 Are you weary, are you languid, are you sore distress’d? 
“Come to me,” says One, “and, coming, be at rest.” 
Has he marks to lead me to him, if he be my Guide? 
“In his feet and hands are wound-prints, and his side.” 

Finding, foll’wing, keeping, struggling, is he sure to bless? 
“Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs answer yes.” 

Is there diadem, as Monarch, that his brow adorns? 
“Yes, a crown, in very surety, but of thorns.” 
If I find him, if I follow, what his promise here? 
“Many a sorrow, many a labor, many a tear.” 

If I still hold closely to him, what has he at last? 
“Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, Jordan passed.” 
If I ask him to receive me, will he say me nay? 
“Not till earth and not till heaven pass away.”