Dust to Dust | Ash Wednesday Music

Feb 17
Dust to Dust | Robb and Ruth Sutherland

Ruth and I have recorded this wonderful Ash Wednesday Hymn. The words are courtesy of the amazing Ally Barrett, set to the tune Picardy.

We were hoping to get this done in plenty of time for people to use in online worship but everything takes so much longer in Lockdown. Please feel free to use it as part of any services you do this year. If you give us a name check that would be great but don’t feel like you have to. The visuals are from Dan Stevers who we subscribe to so please go and pay him for the rites if you use the visuals.

I am having a massive rejig of our online presence. Too many different pages for too many different projects. Ruth and I have decided to try and stash everything we do together in one place under my name. I will probably come up with a vlog about why in the next few weeks. For now, subscribe to the YouTube account with my name on in – and the custom url I set up years ago. Everything video related is going to migrate across there.

We’re also hoping to start releasing some material via streaming services like Spotify in the coming weeks and months. I’ll try to keep you up to date.

O Gracious Dwelling | Epiphany Music to Use Online

Dec 30

We’re quickly (I am on annual leave) putting together an online service for Epiphany. Over in Sanctum Connect, Fr Eddie shared an Epiphany hymn set to plain chant by Adam Michael Wood. We decided to set it to O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Robb and Ruth Sutherland playing O Gracious Dwelling.

It is under a creative commons license. Feel free to download our version from YouTube and use it in your online sevices. The background is from Dan Stevers (using our subscription) so if you could pay him for it’s use, that would be cool.

If you would prefer just the audio, it is over on our Soundcloud account.

Here is the plainchant version if you just fancy having a go at it. I used to love singing plainchant with the monks at Mirfield when I was at theological college.

Mary’s Lullaby 2020 | Free to Use Christmas Carol

Dec 9

It is all in the vlog.

And there is the song itself.

But if you’d just like the audio…

And of course if you want the lyrics….

Mary’s Lullaby (Away in a Manger)

Away in a manger, asleep on the hay,
I will watch over you at the end of the day,
The stars in the bright sky shine down where you lie,
As angels sing ‘Glory be to God on high’.

My spirit rejoices, for news of your birth
Like wildfire will spread over all of the earth;
A light in our darkness, a hope for the poor,
God’s gift to all people of life evermore.

Your name shall be Jesus, for this holy night
Is fulfilment of promise through God’s saving might;
But now sleep in peace, as I sing lullaby,
I will stay by your side til your dawning is nigh.

– Lyrics adapted by Ruth and Robb Sutherland

If you could give us a credit if you use it, it would be much appreciated.

If you would like to read our original rational/rant about Away in a Manger it is here.

I Started a Vlog

Nov 24

I bit the bullet and decided to stop shooting footage and edit something cohesive together. My plan is to keep this as the work vlog and have a personal vlog for things like travel. But step one. Actually complete something!

The reason I got it up today despite recording it a week or so ago is that in theory I am dropping a load of content tomorrow. Advent music videos you can use in online services.

We See the Fruitful Harvest

Oct 19

We did a simple version of We See the Fruitful Harvest by Sam Hargreaves. It is a wonderful set of words for the modern world to the tune of We Plough The Fields and Scatter.

We have done a lot of more complicated recordings since March but we decided to do this with just an acoustic guitar and a couple of vocal tracks. We expected it to be very simple but once we heard the finished product decided to upload it to YouTube as a stand alone song.

If you would like the resources to do it yourself, they are all available from Resound. if you would like to use our version, please feel free. Atribution would be nice but not essential.

Rethinking the Future

Aug 13

They say time flies when you are having fun. I’m not sure whether anyone would categorise 2020 as fun but it is certainly flying.

In the last few months, Ruth and I have been 99.99999% confined to each other’s company. It has given us opportunities as well as time to pause for thought. One of the things we have not been able to do is play music live. But it has given us chance to take writing and recording more seriously – not least because we have had to do it for Holy Nativity.

We have been talking about how we need to be more intentional with what we prioritise. In the past we have had a tendency to say yes to everything which has left us over worked and unable to do a lot of the things we long to do with our lives. Writing and recording has been something we have said we want to do more often and then another year passes.

We have also decided we need to be more intentional about how we share things online and make them available for others to use. With that in mind, I am thinking about how to rework Changing Worship as a website as well as Metanoia’s site. I think things need to be a little more cohesive. Or at the very least I need to finish building Metanoia’s site….

Lockdown has forced me to get used to seeing myself on camera and getting over myself and being self conscious. I haven’t had time to finish any of my personal projects – videos of Route 66 for example – but I have been forced on camera and that should now spill over into some of my personal projects. I should get over myself.

I came here to share a post about Metanoia. I guess I should stop rambling, change the title of this post and start a new one about that…..

Send the Fire | Metanoia

May 31
SEND THE FIRE!!

Lockdown has given us the impetus to do some serious recording. With a heavy live gigging schedule with both Silverthorn and Metanoia, Ruth and I talk about “finding the time to record” but in reality, you need an extended period of time to do it.

This week we took our favourite hymn* and did a full on Metanoia production of it.

With a distinct lack of drummers in our house, we created them from scratch ourselves one afternoon in software. Then guitars, bass and vocals and the addition of a crowd shouting faintly in the background.

I think we successfully channeled the spirit of Britain in 1977.

We’ve been talking on messenger about our next lockdown project. We think we can work out how to get CJ on drums and Bex singing backing vocals all through the power of the internet. Watch this space!

*favourite hymn is a movable feast.