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The settings in this collection have their origin in the crucible of an innercity faith community. Prepared for our annual 5-week Summer Youth Program, the Luther Academy of the Rockies, special worship services and retreats, private devotions and even lullabyes for my children, these settings are another step in the direction of retrieving an overlooked pearl of great price. May they equip your devotion, worship,s tudy and spiritual growth!
The selections in this recording span the breadth of human emotion from ecstasy to sorrow, despair to unbridled hope and dedication. Musically, the span is nearly as broad for the instrumentation ranges from simple piano/guitar with a vocal, to full-throated 4 part harmonies, to “Psalm-Rap” chants supported by multi-continental percussion. Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers are joined by the Australian didjeridoo.
The Psalms have long held a special role for worship and devotion for adherents to Jewish and Christian beliefs. “When I studied Hebrew, their original language, in seminary, my Indian professor helped us to experience them by chanting and dancing to them,” Eulberg recalls. “When I was working in an innercity setting I began to set these Psalms to rhythmical “Rap” settings to help the children in our Summer Youth Programs to learn them. And they did! After only one or two repetitions, they were rapping, chanting and singing these psalms all on their own!”
The Companion Recording to the Book of the Same Title.
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1. Make A Joyful Noise (Ps 1)
2. There Is A River (Ps 46)
3. Confío en Dios (Ps 56)
4. Happy Are You (Ps 146)
5. O Come, Let Us Sing (Ps 95)
6. Though the Mountains Shake! (Ps 46)
7. Teach Me, O Lord (Ps119)
8. Let My Prayer Rise As Incense (Ps 141)
9. God’s Laws Are Perfect (Ps 19)
10. City Under Siege (Ps 31)
11. Wait for the Lord (Ps 27)
12. For I Have Walked With Integrity (Ps 26)
13. The Lord Is My Light (Ps 27)
14. Blest Be the Lord (Ps 28)
15. The Earth Is the Lord’s (Ps 26)
16. Even Though I Walk (Ps 138)
17. Do Not Let the Downtrodden (Ps 74)
18. How Great Are Your Works (Ps 92)
19. Come, Bless the Lord (Ps 134)
20. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates (Ps 23)
21. Sing Praises to God (Ps 105)
22. At All Times (Ps 34)
23. I Lift Up My Eyes (Ps 121)
24. Let All Who Breathe (Ps 150)
25. Against the Wicked (Ps 94)
26. I Will Give Thanks to You (Ps 9)
27. Those Who Do These Things (Ps 15)
28. Happy Are Those (Ps 1)
29. Make Me Know Thy Ways (Ps 25)
30. Straight and Narrow (Ps 125)
31. Yo Me Acuesto/ I Will (Ps 4)
32. Bless the Lord (Ps 103)
33. Let the Words of My Mouth (Ps 19)
34. We Give Thanks (Ps 75)
35. Teach Me the Way (Ps 143)
36. Restore Us, O God (Ps 80)
37. God Is Faithful (Ps 146)
Of the 37 Psalm settings on this CD, 16 are rap, 2 are barbershop quartet, 2 are in Spanish, and the rest present a variety of accompaniments, including mountain and hammered dulcimer, piano, guitar, flute, and didgeridoo. These are highly original songs to help listeners worship God and, as a bonus, learn verses from the Psalms. A treat!
I’ve taught piano, Sunday School, children’s groups, summer camp, and am currently a reference librarian at a public library. This is a useful CD for any of these groups. –Donna Moss, Apex Publishing Services