GIA Publications has a wonderful new series of download-only congregational songs. I’m pleased to be included in Unbound with “Teach Us Your Peace,” my tune for David Bjorlin’s poignant hymn response to the shootings in Uvalde.
We’re always trying to steamline the user experience here at GSM, getting you more quickly to just the right resource for your congregation. Our most recent web update includes search filters. Let’s try it out: If you head to the Music Catalog drop-down menu and choose Congregational Songs, you may be overwhelmed to see 238 songs. Take a deep breath. Let’s say you’re looking for songs for Thanksgiving. Click on Category–> Seasonal–>Fall/Thanksgiving. Now you will see a much more manageable list of five Thanksgiving resources.
Speaking of Thanksgiving resources, the latest GSM newsletter includes lots of ideas for Fall and Thanksgiving worship services. If you would like to be included in the GSM mailing list, you can subscribe here.
Editor’s Choice at JW Pepper!
I just discovered that my arrangement of the Arabic “Anta Atheemon” is featured as an editor’s choice at the JW Pepper website. My publisher tells me the plan to feature it in their next catalog. But wait–there’s more! It turns out three more of my anthems are editor’s choices: “Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory,” “Abana,” and “Kwake Yesu Nasimama.” I think you should head over to the JW Pepper website and purchase one (or more!) of these *award-winning* choral anthems for your choir.
Online Psalms Concert
You may remember that in February I embarked on a Psalm song collaboration expedition. That initiative yielded 12 new songs with 12 lyricists from around the world. This Sunday (April 3, 2022) at 4pm Chan Jang and I will present these songs along with a few old favorites. You’ll find the Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/1NnvviQyg. Or you can watch directly on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAjVXbJbkHMEBXJ8weQHeEw. Make sure you download the music ahead of time so you can sing along!