Two Psalm Settings

Here are two psalm settings that may be of listening interest. My sister requested a recording of the psalm I composed for my brother’s funeral. Her first request was that I get someone to video me playing and singing. That wasn’t going to happen. But I’m happy to provide an audio experience for outside the memorial service back east. The piano/vocal score is here.

Here is Psalm 36, “To The Clouds.”

I have a wedding at which to play next month. The bride requested a setting of the psalm she and her fiance chose.

Here is Psalm 33, “The Goodness of the Lord.”

A few notes on this last one … I wrote the original in 1985 for the wedding of friends. I was away that summer studying liturgy and music, so while I was unable to celebrate in person that July, I enjoyed the assistance of friends in making a fine recording–alas, on cassette tape. You are not hearing that on the link. The old text had the Y-name, and I found the new Grail text was a neat fit. I had to change very little of the music to make it fit.

Going into recording Thursday night, I realized as I sat down at the piano I had never played this piece on the keyboard before. Two rehearsals and two takes later, I think I got on top of the music. There are a lot of things I would do differently in composing this text today. But sometimes I just need to go with it and not overthink the music too much.

Recording credits: Jolie on flute, Katherine on voice. Always great to work with such fine musicians. I realize with gratitude the very golden place God has put me to be in my parish, and in the Church.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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