Category: piano

Thorny Desert

If you’ve ever spent time in the desert, you’ll know that despite the thorns there are times–especially in the moonlight when you stand there alone, very still, listening–the dew sparkles and glistens and there’s a refreshing, peaceful, soul warming breeze.

Pisgah

The title of the tune, Pisgah,” from the tune from Southern Harmony, derives from the Hebrew word for summit and was the biblical mountain from which Moses first saw the promised land. It’s also the name for a mountain in North Carolina! For the… Continue Reading “Pisgah”

The Lone Pilgrim

This repository of tunes from almost 200 years ago is so rich, so contemporary in its emotion, exploring each tune is an experience outside time itself. I’d never heard of this particular tune, The Lone Pilgrim. If it’s not in some hymnal, it’s a… Continue Reading “The Lone Pilgrim”

Bozrah

Here’s another tune from the Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion hymnal compiled by William Walker in 1835. This is a hearty, up-tempo tune alternating between minor and major. It’s a lot of fun to play.

Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion

The hyman book called Southern Harmony, and Music Companion was compiled by William Walker in 1835. It uses a form of musical notation called shaped note, which my father, born and raised in rural southern Mississippi, learned as a child. I think these songs… Continue Reading “Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion”

Hilton’s St. Patrick’s Day playlists

Here’s my St. Patrick’s Day (free streaming) playlist: https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/hiltons-st-patricks-day.

Il Pleut Bergère

This French folk song is a tribute to Simone Weil as part of this week’s Lenten series of saintly figures.

Feuilles Volantes #1 – Duparc

Today’s example of French music in honor of Simone Weil, the saintly figure of center of this coming 4th Sunday of Lent service is Feuilles Volantes #1 by Henri Duparc. He’s best known for his songs. Here’s an example sung by Measha Bruggergosman, Chanson… Continue Reading “Feuilles Volantes #1 – Duparc”

Je T’appartiens

This coming 4th Sunday of Lent the saintly figure around whom the service is centered is Simone Weil, so as you might expect the music will be all French. This beautiful pop song by Gilbert Bécaud, is one of my favorites: Je T’appartiens. I’m so… Continue Reading “Je T’appartiens”

Holy Manna

An arrangement based on the tune, Holy Manna, from Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion, compiled by William Walker and published in 1835.

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