Here's a new song that I wrote with my friend David MacGregor from Brisbane. The lyrics are based on the themes of Psalm 27.
Be the light that shrouds the twilight
Be the might that holds our fears
Be the home that yearns our dwelling
Be the stone that takes our tears
Christ be our light
Whom shall we fear?
Deep in the night
Spirit, draw near
Be the cry that whispers mercy
Be the seeker when we hide
Be the taker and the giver
Be the pathway and the guide
Be the sacrifice that breaks us
Be the shelter in the flood
Be the promise that remakes us
Be the parent who is good
I wrote this at Songwrite, the first Uniting Church national songwriters gathering in Canberra in February 2014. I tweaked them a bit in the months since. Then a couple of months ago I asked members of the Songwrite facebook group if they wanted to write a tune. A couple of peoploe said yes, and a really interesting period of experimentation followed.
David's melody seemed to work really well for me, so after a little fine tuning here it is. I love the reflective yet gently uplifting mood of the melody. Thanks to Dale MacGregor for providing the vocal. I've known David and Dale for about 35 years, so it is lovely to compose a song together. Maybe there'll be more.
Download Be_Our_Light_SCORE (63kb PDF)
Download Be_Our_Light_VOCAL_[Bflat] (3.6mb mp3)
Download Be_Our_Light_Backing_Track (3.8mb mp3)
Song on iTunes as part of David Macgregor's album "More Than Dream"