When Death Was Behind Me

This song was inspired by the dreadful closure of the Italian charity Mare Nostrum in January 2015. The organisation was charged with rescuing African migrants from abandoned ships and in the one year it ran rescued over 100,000 people. The words are based on quotes of 2 rescued people. The song is written to a blues chord progression and fits with other African American blues like Wade in the Water and Sometimes  I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Special for this summer: £5 no license to buy. All money from the sale of this song will be donated to the Refugee Camp at Calais

The package contains a pdf but if you would like sound files as well just email me and I’ll send them over. Thanks.

 

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Love Like a Harbour

A love song written for a wedding – 2 simple backing parts with a ‘solo’ voice added and then a ‘descant’ added. Layer it up

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The Measure of my Heart

This little song has been sung at many weddings and civil partnership ceremonies over the years. It works well for womens voices or a mixed voice group. I encourage tenor men to sing the top or bottom part and basses to sing the tune when doing it with a mixed group.

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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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May your Cup Always be Full

A four part ‘toast’ or ‘blessing’ for New Year or for the year ahead. Although it’s often sung at Christmas and New Year it’s suitable for anytime of year.

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Raise the Cup of Kindness

I wrote this thinking about all the friends I see only once a year at events or workshops. I’ve always loved the line Robert Burns uses in Auld Lang Syne, “We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne”, and based this song on it. I teach it in English and in Scots.

Some friends from a singing group in Ullapool have written a lovely second verse for it, transforming it to a great performance song – especially for Burns night!

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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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