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Anybody WRITE SONGS for their COMMUNITY?


Jul 26 2005
05:46 pm

i wanted to start a grass-roots songshare with people who write for their faith communities.

My wife and i started writing songs for a very odd community in Portland, OR called The Bridge about 7 years ago. We’ve written about 45 songs that all speak from a vernacular somewhat unseen in current worship songwriting.

if you want to hear our songs, here’s a link to them.. Otherwise, i’d love it if we could use this topic to just share links of our community songs with each other..

and be inspired. If you don’t have anything online yet, i’ve found a great free .mp3 indie-musician site called i’ve posted, like, 23 songs on it…

hope to hear from someone soon..


Aug 05 2005
03:04 pm

wow, it’s really interesting that you’ve posted on this topic. writing songs for the *cino community was something I was talking about last summer, but no one else—particularly those with song-writing skills—was really as excited about it as i was. i hope we’ll get into a more regular schedule with ^camping is not optional in the future and then it would definitely add to the experience of community to have shared songs.

i’ll send a link to you site to our music director (who also happens to be one of my housemates) to see what he thinks of the style and content, though our community is pretty traditional Lutheran. they have been receptive to Taize, Iona and world folk styles as we break away from the hymnal in a new combined service. i’d be interested in how someone might set Stephen Mitchell’s translations of the Psalms to music. my current leanings are decidedly less rock than yours, agentsoffuture.