May You See Diamonds

This is written for the wonderful songwriter and workshop facilitator Nick Prater. Nick died on Christmas eve 2013 and will be sorely missed by the many, many singers all over the world- but especially in the UK – who love his beautiful songs.

“It’s beautiful- I’m crying. You know what’s really brilliant about it- it’s very clearly an Alison Burns song and yet…and yet….the genre is one that we all so associate with Nick and one that will feel comforting and comfortable curled in his ear. I don’t know how you do it sweetie! You seem to have found a way to create something of both your spirits in one- and one that we can all believe in.” Jules Gibb

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Love that You Were Here With Me

This gentle harmony song meshes together with two sets of words and four harmonies. Calm and beautiful it makes for a song of remembrance or loss or a gentle lullaby love song.

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When He Passed Over

This up-beat funeral song was written in memory of my Dad. The text is a line taken from Pilgrim’s Progress: “When he passed over all the trumpets sounded on the other side”. It has a B section of Aleluya that works well as written or as a backing for improvisation

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Charm

The source of the text for Charm is from the Carmina Gadelica, Alexander Carmichael’s great collection of Gaelic hymns and incantations collected in the Scottish highlands and islands in the latter half of the 19th century. Part of the text is from a Charm for Chest Seizure and another part is from The Death Dirge and I’ve edited both from the original.

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This Great Sky

This was part of a commission from Sian Croose’s wonderful choir Big Sky in Norwich. The commissions theme was Land, Sea and Air and composers were invited to write 3 pieces on that theme and evoking East Anglia. Over the years it’s been recorded by several choirs and sung at many celebration and funerals as it evokes a strong sense of place and our place in the cycle of life.

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