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I’ve been progressively “doodling” through the psalms. That means that every Tuesday morning, I read one Psalm and then doodle it in my notebook. Here’s an example. This process has help me to tap into the right side of my brain when I read the psalm. I’m not just reading the content, but I’m observing the details, the emotions, the metaphors that are there. I think it helped me to write a proper Psalmist lament with “Hear My Cry”. The refrain is based on Psalm 116 (“I love the Lord, he heard my cry”) and the verses each convey a different “cry” that I’ve experienced. Verse one is the cry of the victim who is experiencing first hand pain, suffering and oppression. Verse two is the cry of the sinner who is sick and tired of his own brokenness. Verse three is the cry of the “prophet” who longs to see the church transformed into being the body of Christ. Verse four is the cry of a longing for reconciliation in broken relationships between ethnic groups, classes, families, and individuals.
I chose to “rip-off” the groove from Miles Davis’ tune “All Blues” because it taps into the long tradition of the blues and gospel in the US. WE can learn a lot from blues music about lament. It should convey the emotions that come with pain and longing but with the hope that comes from looking to the strong hand of the Father in the midst of trial. The psalms do this but modern expressions of sorrow usually fail to portray any hope without coming off trite.
Rob Hatch went ahead an uploaded the resources that I gave him before the conference, but I need to edit the chart to include some of the changes that I made. In particular, the verses and chorus should repeat the phrase “Hear my cry” each time in measure 13 and 23. That was a change that my team members pushed for the first time we used it at NCF. The 2nd ending bracket should also be the 3rd and 4th ending as well.
Hopefully before the end of the week, we can get “Anyataka” uploaded as well.
Christelle Mukendi (the second singer from the left) uploaded these videos onto youtube. Thanks, Christelle!
“Il est Bon De Louer Dieu” was a new song for our church. It’s basically about how God is good and he is able to hear our cry for help – so why not call on him?
“Ta Grâce” was also a new song. I found this one on iTunes and it appears to be from a French group called “Glorious” (They’re kind of a Hillsongs type sound.) It’s a nice balance of simple for the Americans and yet packed with “son-ship” truth that we like to use at the beginning of our services.
At this point in the service, we sang “How Great is Our God” in French with choruses at the end in English and Lingala.
“Eh Yawhe Kumama” is a BIG hit from the DR Congo. It was written by my friend Athoms in Lingala and our church has come to really love it. Here’s the clip of Athoms and his group doing this song. “Yawhe Kumama” means “Lord, be glorified.”
“Anyataka” is crowd-pleaser that we learned last summer from Athoms. It is a celebration of our victory in Christ over satan. Athoms called the style “folkloric” and the language is Lingala.
“Nitamwimbia Bwana” or “Ameniona” is another favorite of our congregation. It’s in Swahili, and Rachel is seen here leading it, but we know that it is sung in the DR Congo as well. “Ameniona” means He sees me. You can get sheet music for this song is on ncfmusic.com.
“Yesu Azali Awa” is an older, traditional song that is sung at almost every Congolese worship service that I’ve been a part of. It’s in Swahili as well. We opted to sing this more simply with voice and percussion as we were taking the Lord’s Supper. The song says, “Jesus is here, Jesus is life, Jesus is light, etc.”
Here’s a preview of the T-Shirt that the guys at Danger Schmanger have put together for ncfmusic.com. We plan to have them on hand at the New City Music Conference this weekend. If you are going to be there, bring the check book and buy a shirt.
I’m think of doing a some quick guitar tutorials for NCFmusic.com. We’re singing “Romans 11 Doxology” this weekend, so I figured that was an easy choice to start with.[youtube:http://youtu.be/9aXrQ8zihRE%5D
Here’s a PDF with tab and chord brackets for further study: Romans 11 lesson