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This song is drawn from Psalm 131, that can be found in Evening Prayer of Tuesday, Week 3 (as well as some other places in the Liturgy of the Hours).
O Lord, my heart is not proud nor haughty my eyes,
I have not gone after things too great nor marvels beyond me.
Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace.
As a child has rest in its mother’s arms, even so my soul.
O Israel, hope in the Lord both now and for ever.
Because it is a short psalm, I made it a short song! Barely two and a half minutes. It was nice to not feel “pressure” to extend it more than it needed to be, either with a dramatic bridge or a lot of repetition. I tried to keep the music as simple as the psalm itself.
That being said, there is some complexity to the music, though hopefully it adds more “texture” than something that draws attention away from the message. As usual, the Brewer sisters add killer harmonies, and Mary does a great job on piano complimenting my classical guitar. This is one of my favorite songs on the new album… .
..which I hope we get to make! We are a little over a thousand dollars short with a little under two weeks to go. Please contribute if you can, and thanks to all who have already gotten us so close to the finish line!