“Songs Of Micah” (1:59)
by Daniel ben Avram, from
[Production Notes: , “Songs Of Micah” contains text which, in performance, is spoken. We chose, at the time, to record just the sung text, but the full text is presented here, with the spoken text in italics. My studio chorus consisted of Angie Doctor, Eric Freeman, Jim Hale, John Paddock, Stephen Saxon and Katy Stephan.
“Beatitudes” is performed by the chorus referenced above. For “Alleluia” the pianist was Dr. Sal Ferrantelli, also vocal director for the studio sessions, and Director for Choral Music at Monterey Peninsula College. David K. Mathews added synthesized strings.
The a cappella intro to “In the Quiet Of the Day” is titled, “Jean”, actually, and is based, on the four letters of my mother’s name, using the corresponding notes of the scale (notes above an octave continuing the alphabet.) All those voices are one singer’s, that of our choir director, Mark Tuning. The other musicians in the recording are: Walter Bankovitch, piano; Jerry Cortez, guitar (In the Quiet Of the Day); Curtis Ohlson, bass; Paul van Wageningen, drums; David K. Mathews, synthesized strings. Backup vocalists are my studio chorus. The guitar on “It Seems To Me” (faintly) is mine, as is the vocal solo.
Finally, according to the speed of your Internet connection, the music may take a few moments to load. Patience will be rewarded! —Daniel]
“Songs Of Micah”
(Spoken): And many nations shall go, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths;
(Sung): For the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many peoples and rebuke strong nations afar off.
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks;
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God: shall I come before
him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy
And, seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, praise God!
We are called to be servants of God,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, praise God,
Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy
“In the Quiet Of the Day”
In the quiet of the day, the call of our passion we obey;
“It Seems To Me”
It seems to me that you and I could change the world together
It seems to me, if we could see the wounds that must be healed,
At night I dream, and in my dream above the hills I’m flying;
Yes, in the end I find, my friend, ‘tis you, my sister/brother.
Peace and love be with you all;
Copyright © 2009 by Daniel B. Zwickel