Robin Mann - Australian Christian Music Artist
I write songs.
I was going to be a minister, a preacher. Maybe I had the wrong kind of name. Perhaps my brain, or my personality didn’t fit the bill. Anyway, I liked songs, playing the guitar, singing harmonies to the radio.
So writing Australian Christian Songs is what I do.
(I also support the Adelaide Crows football team, drive a grey Ford Territory, and own a lurid pink electric guitar. But I’m not especially known for these things. Well, maybe the guitar!)
Christian Church Music | Christian Songbooks
I write Australian Christian Songs, perform them, lead people in singing, put song collections together — of my own songs, and lots of other people’s too — record songs, and try to spread them around. Especially songs that Christians can sing together.
My songs have been sung by lots of people for a long time. Mostly by people in churches and church schools. I’ve written a host of songs for Christians to sing. More than a hundred of these have been published in various collections. The biggest number have appeared in the 7 All Together Songbooks produced between 1980 and 2014. (1-5 by Openbook Publishers, 6 & 7 self-published - business name, Curly Music) 8 are in the current Australian Hymnbook, Together In Song. A lot more have appeared in the songbooks of the biennial NCYC (National Christian Youth Convention).
Making Australian Christian Songs
Born and bred in southern Australia, I’ve lived in Adelaide most of my life. Making music is my main occupation but I’ve also been a schoolteacher (briefly) and worked for churches.
Since 1969 I’ve been married to Dorothy. We’ve got 3 adult children: Kristin, Jon & Thom, son-in-law Shane, grandson Owen, daughter-in-law Karen & step-grandson Oscar.
Dorothy’s a schoolteacher. Also a singer, musician, editor, critiquer and avid supporter of Robin’s song-making. Her voice has been ideal for leading singing and for many recordings. Her sparkling presence and great sense of humour complete many a picture.
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One by one, you call us home
I was pleased that this song was used as the memorial hymn at the SA-NT Convention of the LCA last weekend.
The convention was held at the Tatachilla College at McLaren Vale.
I told several people that, curiously, the song was originally written for the baptism of two children, Simon & Sarah. It was based on a line from John 10 ('the Good Shepherd' chapter): 'one by one he calls his own'. The tune is by English folk singer, Cyril Tawney. Many baptism songs are also excellent songs for funerals & this one, because of its chorus line, is more apt than most.
Like autumn leaves upon the ground
we know not where we should be bound.
The rain comes hard and night rolls in,
the sky is black and it's cold within.
And one by one you call us home.