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  • SINKING SHIPS

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/ps12-lying_lips.mp3

    I wrote this tune for a metrical setting of Psalm 12 by Adam Tice called “Lying Lips.” The Psalm is about the lies of the wicked as opposed to the trustworthy word of God. I mirrored this deceit with a tune that is shifty.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Somos uno en Cristo/We’re One People

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/somos_uno_en_cristo-were_one_people.mp3"][/audio]

    This Latin American corito is based on Ephesians 4:4-6, which speaks of the unity of the Body of Christ. With a brand new arrangement and fresh translation, this will quickly become a heart song.

  • Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moody-speak_sabbath.mp3"][/audio]

    With echoes of Sibelius’ “Be Still My Soul,” “Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul” positions Sabbath as something life-giving that God does for us rather than a teeth-gritting discipline we do for God.

    Piano accompaniment with SATB voice parts

  • STICK IT TO THE MAN

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/psalm_82-there_where_the_judges.mp3

    One doesn’t usually think of metered hymn tunes and Weezer-style punk anthems simultaneously, but for those times you do, there’s STICK IT TO THE MAN. It was originally written for Henry Zylstra’s 1953 metrical setting of Psalm 82 that appeared in the Psalter Hymnal.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write your own lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please let me know how you’ve used it.

  • STUFEN

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/stufen.mp3"][/audio]

    Originally written for Christopher Webber’s 1 John 1:1-7 hymn, “This We Proclaim About the Word of Life,” this tune is built on a sweeping melodic line and a momentary shift into a different key. In non-technical terms, it’s really pretty!

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • SYCOPHANT

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/sycophant.mp3

    Mary Louise Bringle’s “When Memory Fades” is a beautiful treatment of aging, losing memory and strength. It hits close to home, as my own dad died of Alzheimers. I understand why most people sing this to the well-known FINLANDIA, but I just don’t think that tune fits this poignant text well. And so I offer my own tune to accompany “When Memory Fades” (or a hymn that is still waiting to be written).

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Teach Us Your Peace

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/bjorlin-teach_us_your_peace.mp3

    Shortly after the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, David Bjorlin sent an email with a new hymn text, “Teach Us Your Peace.” It addressed the fatigue I was feeling from the seemingly endless cycle of death and denial. I hope David’s text and my newly composed tune will be a life-giving balm amidst a culture so enamored with weapons and so willing to offer our children to the god of untethered freedom.

  • Thank You, Lord

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/thank_you_lord-piano.mp3"][/audio]

     

    Like many Black Gospel songs, the beauty of this is that it focuses on one thing (thanksgiving) while allowing for lots of flexibility. The lead singer can improvise new verses in the moment (“Been so good,” “Saved my soul,” etc); the Just Add People! piano arrangement is equally flexible, with an optional modulation and chord symbols for guitar, bass, and other instruments.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • The First Nowell

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/scheer-the_first_nowell.mp3"][/audio]

    “The First Nowell” is the quintessential Christmas carol and a classic folk tune, but too many arrangements fetter the flowing melody with four-part harmony. My approach is simple: let the melody sing itself and support it with an accompaniment that keeps things moving forward. After a brief string intro, it starts small–just guitar and solo voice–and then builds momentum over the song’s 6 verses.

  • The God of Abraham Praise (LEONI) – chamber/full orchestra

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/calvin_orch-the_god_of_abraham.mp3"][/audio]

    This arrangement was first written for chamber orchestra for a Lessons & Carols service, then commissioned for full orchestra by the Calvin College Orchestra and their director, Robert Nordling. The recording above is from the Calvin Orchestra’s premiere of the full orchestra version on March 5, 2011.

  • The King of Glory Comes (KING OF GLORY)

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/scheer-hosanna_in_the_highest.mp3

    This arrangement of THE KING OF GLORY COMES works with the familiar text by Willard F. Jabusch as well as Greg’s Palm Sunday text, “Hosanna in the Highest.” Optional flute descants add to the Klezmer feel of this rhythmic tune.

    Arrangements for strings and brass are also available with the alternate text.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/the_kingdom_of_heaven.mp3"][/audio]

    “The Sermon on the Mount” contains some of Jesus’ most beloved words, but there are surprisingly few songs that take up these themes. As some settings of “The Beatitudes” have fallen into disuse it seemed the time was ripe for a new one. The verses are nearly verbatim scripture and the chorus is exceedingly easy to learn.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

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