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Five Books You Need to Do the Work

Posted on July 12, 2010 with 1 comment
Why did I say "five?"  I could have said "three" or "twelve" or two hundred.  What I'm getting at is the idea of certain books which will get you through each Sunday.  Gee, I wish I would hear from you on this subject.  Here's what I suggest and why:
World Library Publications, Voices as One, Volumes I and II
Among other reasons, this is where you'll find Paul Tate and Joe Mattingly.  If I don't mention John Angotti it's because he started one of his songs with the words, 'You brood of vipers.'  Avoid songs which begin in this fashion.  J.A. is pretty amazing, though. 
Spirit and Song, Volumes I and II.
Here's where you find Matt Maher and Jesse Manibusan.
You also need Traditional Choral Praise.  Dude.  Randall DeBruyn works very hard and if you've ever presented his Passion according to St. John, you realize he is inspired.  So his arrangements of the traditional pieces are important to have at your fingertips.  Think of it this [...]
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Eliza's recent thoughts.

Posted on June 22, 2010 with 1 comment
Eliza has sung with Shantigarh for some time.  She lives in New York and now is the director of her own ensemble (or is it the Parish? Let me know, e.p.)  Her recent e-mail has some good information for the contemporary Christian culture in which we all live.
EILIZA'S E-MAIL:
We do the psalm 63 by angrisano that's in one of the spirit and song books ( http://www.spiritandsong.com/compositions/16822 ) -the harmony part they wrote sucks, HAHA, and I like to do it faster than they do it on the recording, but I'm sure you could adapt it and avoid doing a chant psalm :0)On another note, you know what Shantigarh.com is majorly missing? A blurb about Shantigarh! You need a little "about us" paragraph with a little Shantigarh history in there :0) Heaven knows Shantigarh has history!Miss you,ElizaP.S. My dad mentioned something about how you don't know about the box drum! Well, technically, it's called a "cajon drum" and it's AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I work at an echo plagued church where [...]
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Another Road Trip

Posted on May 20, 2010 with 2 comments
Why am I doing this?  Because there is too much music out there for you to listen to.  No one has this kind of time.  Listening is now part of my self-designed job description.  For my second road trip, I stayed with OCP's (Spirit and Song) Volume 2.  And I still didn't finish it.  Perhaps, next time, when I get to Berkeley, I should have lunch with Celia at the Mariposa cafe and move on to Portland, Oregon.  My own standards can afford to be stretched by consultation with a smart Cal girl.  One time, we were crossing a street during her first year of school.  "Hey, look both ways, Berkekely."  I said.  She replied, "It's a one-way street, UCLA."  Ouch.  Go bears.
Here's our picks:
Spirit and Song, Volume 9, Disc P
Track 1:  Fish with me (cool chorus, odd verses)  ***.5
Track 3:  Go Out and Tell (closer; Celia liked it.  So I am adding to paternal decimal points to my own 3.0 for a  3.3.  I avoid [...]
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Shantigarh gets away with a lot.  Basically, our defense is that "we are teenagers.  Don't blame us."  It's a good defense except that I am not a teenager.  I am the director.  I am 57.  They say you are as young as your spine.  That would make me 58.  My ankles hurt from arthritis, so it becomes increasingly difficult to spin around like Diana Ross during "Let It Rise!" or, say, "Go Out In the World," our favorite Easter season "closer." 
We'll get to Ms. Yearwood in just a moment.
We allow ourselves a certain amount of liturgical wiggle room because we, as teenagers, are expected to make mistakes and although I am not a teenager, I feel comfortable with this arrangement on two counts:  One, I make mistakes.  Two, the Church has recognized that the correct approach to a global community is acculturation; that is, an approach which seeks a profound compatibility with the village, the barrio, the shetl, whatever, and accepts into its [...]
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Road Trip

Posted on April 10, 2010 with 2 comments
I have rented a Ford Focus with a single-chamber CD player and in the passenger seat I have recordings of every song in World Library's Voices as One, Volumes 1 and 2, and OCP's Spirit and song, Volumes 1 and 2.  Our problem is not that we don't have enough good music, it is that we have too much good music.  Liberally mixed in with the bad, it is sometimes difficult to find the time to separate the wheat from the chaff.  But maybe that's why God made the Insterstate 5 and gave me a week off. 
My system is simple.  I listen.  If I like the song, I write down the track number.  Then, I listen to the whole CD again.  I write down the track numbers one a new sheep of paper.  If the same number pops up twice, that song will be used in a Shantigarh Liturgy.  I have neglected these collections building on our reputation for culling the music of unusual sources; but these are Catholic sources and, in my experience, one out of every ten songs from [...]
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