My Australian Christian Songs
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God Version 1.0
|Moses is Growing in Pharoah's Domain||Lyrics|
|A Star, A King||Lyrics|
|If I Touch Your Clothes||Lyrics|
|God Version 1.0||Lyrics||MP3|
|I Didn't Travel Far to Find You||Lyrics|
|Sadako From Hiroshima||Lyrics|
|Wherever I go||Lyrics|
|For you, Deep Stillness||Lyrics|
|Beginning of Wisdom||Lyrics|
|Hand in Hand||Lyrics|
|While we Tear Apart||Lyrics|
|Mary, pick up your Accordian and Play||Lyrics|
|You call me to Love||Lyrics|
|Who am I?||Lyrics|
|Over to You||Lyrics|
|Bread of Angels||Lyrics|
A big subject needs a lot of songs. Not really surprising, then, that God. Version 1.0 has nineteen: Prayers, praise, love songs and blessings; also stories, dedications and creeds.
Though this collection didn’t start out as a ‘concept album’, it’s kind of ended up that way. There doesn’t appear to be (to me, at least) a single song here that doesn’t relate to the title. But perhaps all songs are written as people define what’s important for them and outline their version of God: what they believe in, hope for, trust in, and are encouraged by.
Behind many of the songs are people. A lot of them are named - Moses, Christopher, Sadako, Mary. Some people's names are unknown, like the woman who touched Jesus' cloak and the men who followed a star to Bethlehem. And others get no mention in the songs, but the songs could not exist without them, like Dorothy and Dietrich.
It pleased me to realise that so much of the music had the stories of people in it. 1 don't plan this sort of thing, but it's nice when practice and theory come together. The version of God that I believe in ('Version 1.0' - the original, needing no upgrades) is the one that Jesus shows us, the one who may sometimes be seen in the spectacular and amazing but chose to be revealed most clearly in the human and humble. And this God is always showing up in the stories and events of ordinary people.
After the words and music of the songs I add some comments about how they came to be made, where the ideas came from, and perhaps who helped the song come about. In doing this I find it easier to identify the background to the words. However, I certainly don't think that music is less important than words. The longer I've written (over thirty years now) the more I realise that good songs are not words with music added but a seamless combination of the two. The music amplifies the words, the words heighten the music.
- Thanks to Dorothy, my best friend, chief critic and most appreciated fan
- Thanks to Kristin, Jon and Thom, my editorial committee, my cultural barometers, whose lives continue to delight, inspire and surprise me
- Thanks to Monica and Ivan Christian for long encouragement and assistance
- Thanks to Andy Voigt for working tirelessly on the recording of this collection
- Thanks to Francine Schultz for some excellent arrangements, to Rob Roennfeldt for the initial cover design, and to Graeme Cogdell for bringing that design to fruition.
- And thanks to all who keep encouraging me, directly and indirectly: a lot of St Stephen's people, enthusiastic children in Lutheran schools all over Australia, old and young who pass on thanks or appreciation after services or concerts, or in letters or phone calls, and all who include me in their prayers. It's a joy to have a gift that not only can be shared but can bring such joy to so many others.
Doctor of Divinity awarded to
Last night, December 6, at the University of Divinity's Adelaide Graduation night at the Glynde Lutheran Church, I was awarded the University's highest academic award.
The citation opened by praising my "sustained and distinguished contribution to theological scholarship over the last fifty years through original musical composition that advances the celebration of Christian, communal life and identity."
While feeling a little overwhelmed by the grandeur of the event & the impressive outfit provided for me to wear, I was very pleased to receive the award, as it recognises the importance of the music of Christian communities. The award is not just for me but for the many writers & musicians who have contributed so much over many years.