Shepherds Make A Difference

Two contemporary songs for your choosing to move one into the “Theological Thirty-Two.” One is a setting of Psalm 23 recorded with piano quintet and a small SATB schola. The other is one of the top Catholic songs in the Praise & Worship genre.

No poll of Christian music would be complete without a setting of Psalm 23. In fact, if we were to do an elimination preference poll on the psalms, it’s very likely that the twenty-third would be a men’s Kentucky or women’s Baylor–a solid favorite. Marty Haugen’s setting of Psalm 23 was commissioned by a New Jersey parish in the mid-1980’s, and as a title listing from his third GIA album, has been a favorite ever since. Why? Mainly because the piece works well in big music and small music settings.

Steve Angrisano was even earlier in his career as a church composer when “Go Make A Difference” appeared on his first album, a collaborative 1997 effort with Tom Tomaszek. The man is the genuine article:

Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve has a keen intuition regarding the needs of any audience and engages them with his unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction.

Choose away.

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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