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Music can shape and transform individuals and communities.

My own experiences—singing with family members around the piano and kazoo-ing in a raft on the Snake River; studying Gregorian chant at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey; improvising at Music for People workshops; and singing and dancing my prayers in ceremony—all these have gifted me with profound experiences that demonstrate the power of shared sounding.

Here in the music area of my website you’ll find free sheet music downloads, examples of my improvisational work as a musician, vocalist, and as a music improvisation facilitator. Scroll down for links.

Echoing Forth (4-part canon)

Song for Performance or Worship

Sheet music download and example audio files available.

“Echoing Forth” is a 4-part round (with optional descant) written for a Day of the Dead service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis. Download sheet music or listen to a piano recording of the chant.

Lyric:

Here in my heart you are still with me.
Here in my mind you will always be.
What you have said and done and been,
Echoing forth to live again.

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I’m a Gonna Walk – SAT(B) or SSA(A)

Song for Performance or Worship

Sheet music download and example audio files available.

This is a 3 or 4 part short ritual song about walking in the wilderness, scored for SAT(B) or SSA(A).

Suitable for congregational or audience participation.

Lyric:

I’m a-gonna walk into the unknown.
I’m a-gonna walk, but I’m not alone.
I’m a-gonna walk, put my faith to the test.
I’m a-gonna walk in the wilderness.

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A Good Time is a Taste of God (SATB or SSSA chant)

Song for Worship or Ritual

Sheet music download and example audio files available.

This SATB or SSSA chant was created for a moment of gratitude in a worship service.

Suitable for audience/congregational participation.

Words by John Fr. Aurelio:

Lyric:

A good time is a taste of God.

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Let Us Rest (SAT or SSA)

A chant written for a Taize-style service at Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI, designed in collaboration with Rev. Suzelle Lynch.

Lyrics:

Let us rest in the Mystery, where songs and silence dance.
Let us rest in the Mystery, where certainty meets chance.
And now here in the twilight, the whisper of the One,
Calls us all to the Mystery, where it’s finished and begun.

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All Motion is Love (Unison Chant)

Song for Worship or Ritual

Sheet music download available.

This unison chant is suitable for audience/congregational participation.

Words inspired by Rumi:

Lyric:

“All motion is love.
We follow the love we are given.”

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Bring It Close: A Response to the Akeda

Song for Worship or Choral Performance

Example audio file and sheet music download available.

“Bring it Close” is my response to the story of the binding of Isaac (the Akeda) and is arranged for women and youth voices.

The piece was created for the inaugural Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar at Butler University/Christian Theological Seminary.

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Gather Us In

Song for Worship or Ritual

Sheet music download available.

This simple chant features four parts and a descant. Great for use as an invocation or call to worship.

Suitable for audience/congregational participation.

Lyric:

Gather us in for a time of peace
Gather us in for a time of joy
Gather us in to the heart of the center
Gather us, gathering us in

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It’s Time (SATB Choral Piece)

SATB piece for worship or choral performance written to honor Unitarian Universalists around the world.

Sheet music download and video file available.

Chorus Lyric:
That you are loved today just exactly as you are,
So take my hand, let’s play.
Together we’ll go far.
We’ve got a new world to build,
Hungry spirits to be filled,
as we’re loving the hell out of the world.

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Let the Way (Lead Plus 4-Part Chant)

Song for Worship or Ritual

Sheet music download and example audio files available.

This SATB or SSSA chant was created for a moment of gratitude in a worship service.

Suitable for audience/congregational participation.

Chant by Abigail McBride, arr. Pam and Letha Hinkle

Lyric:

“Sing through my voice, play through my hands.
Let the way be open.”

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There Is More Love (SATB)

Song for Worship or Performance

Sheet music download and example audio files available.

This is an SATB arrangement of an African American hymn.

Lyric:

“There is more love (peace, joy, etc.) somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on til I find it. There is more love (peace, joy, etc.) somewhere.”

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