Take Cover #2

Due to lack of time because of so many rehearsals and church services to play in these days, I’m not quite content with this week’s installment of my Take Cover series, but anyway, this is what you get with one-take recordings.

Brother’s Keeper
Music and Lyrics by Rich Mullins & Beaker
originally recorded by Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins was one of the great Christian musicians in the 80’s and 90’s, but sadly died in 1997. He was a great musician, and also a wonderful lyricist. So many things he wrote and said have touched me deeply, and reading his biography An Arrow Pointing To Heaven had a huge influence on my life. I never would have thought it would be possible to get to know yourself so much better by reading another man’s biography …
As you may know, I’m currently working on a first songbook of Rich’s songs, and I think Brother’s Keeper was his first song I ever transcribed – though it won’t be in the first book.

Here’s another list for you – my favourite Rich Mullins songs at the moment:

  1. Peace (A Communion Blessing From St. Joseph’s Square)
  2. Elijah
  3. Sing Your Praise To The Lord
  4. Alrightokuhhuhamen
  5. Bound To Come Some Trouble
  6. The Color Green
  7. The River
  8. My Deliverer
  9. Screen Door
  10. … And I Love You

New Sheet Music: Dougie MacLean

A couple of months ago I got to know the music of Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean. I had come across his name several times before because he wrote the songs Ready For The Storm, of which I knew and loved the Rich Mullins cover version, and The Gael, which became the main theme for the brilliant soundtrack of the movie The Last Of The Mohicans.
When I finally decided to learn more about this Dougie MacLean, I was blown away by the soothing beauty of his songs, his voice with the slight Scottish accent, and the longing for the homeland of my forefathers I could sense while listening to the music.

I then contacted him to see if he would be interested in having sheet music created for his songs, and it turned out that he is already working on that with a team in Scotland. So I was a little late with my approach, but instead I was allowed to publish the transcriptions I had sent him on this site.

You can listen to the songs on Spotify and freely download the sheet music here:

Take Cover #1

As promised, this is the beginning of my new video series. Every Saturday there will be a brand-new video of me recording a cover song, live and uncut.
I thought it would be a difficult decision which song to start this series with, but after playing some of the songs I do when I go busking, this one felt just right:

For No One
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
originally recorded by The Beatles

Come to think about it, it absolutely makes sense to start with a Beatles song, as the Beatles were the first band I ever was a huge fan of (and still am). I don’t remember For No One particularly standing out to me when I listened to the Beatles as a child, but now I consider it to be one of the most beautiful songs Paul McCartney has ever written (John Lennon actually wasn’t involved at all in this song).

The Beatles’ recording didn’t contain any guitar whatsoever, but I think it works rather well as a guitar song; although I have to say it’s not quite the same without the beautiful horn solo.

Let me conclude with a list of my favourite compositions by Paul McCartney, one of my most appreciated songwriters:

  1. C’mon People
  2. The Long And Winding Road
  3. The Fool On The Hill
  4. Your Mother Should Know
  5. For No One
  6. Here, There And Everywhere
  7. Drive My Car
  8. Maybe I’m Amazed
  9. Here Today
  10. Eleanor Rigby