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Sing the Word: Credo I Believe CD
This recording is filled with dynamic and colorful songs tailored to eight Scripture passages. Many of the Scriptures are longer than previous recordings, as this CD is targeted for ages 11 and up. Bible versions used are NAS, NKJV, and KJV.
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About the Sing The Word Series:
I (Joy) am not a big fan of children's music. The simple ditties seem trivial at best, and all too frequently become unbiblical in an effort at simplicity. The music ranges from tedious to obnoxious, and even if the humor was funny once, it quickly becomes exasperating as it is repeated over and over during the course of the day. Thankfully, this series is very different. Sung by and for children, the words you'll hear are taken directly from the scriptures and the music itself encompasses a wide range of musical styles and is neither tedious nor grating.
After listening to the first CD once we were surprised to find ourselves singing the verses around the house, complete with the correct references. For a family with chronic poor memory, this was notable! Perhaps this was because the words are repeated several times in each song, or perhaps because the children's voices are so pleasing to listen to and the tunes are catchy and easy to sing. If your children are still at that young adorable stage, you can use the included instrumental-only tracks for a family recital.
Produced by a musically enterprising couple and their clutch of young children, the Harrows found that the musical sophistication and depth grew with their children. They suggest that Sing The Word A to Z is geared for 1-7 year olds, A New Commandment for ages 6+, God Our Provider for ages 7+, Great In Counsel for ages 8+, The Heavens Declare for ages 9+, All Nations Shall Worship for ages 10+ and Credo I Believe CD for ages 11+. While this is helpful to know, the scriptural content and wide musical variety (a Baroque string orchestra, a rhythmically intense Salsa band, an Irish jig, an Israeli Hora...) lend appeal to a much wider age range. The Bible versions vary too, including NIV, KJV, NKJV, RSV, and NAS. I find that even the versions I normally wouldn't prefer are a refreshing change from most of today's supposedly Christian music.
Be sure to listen to the downloadable clips taken from each CD. It is often hard to get an accurate feel for music from a clip, but the Harrows have done an excellent job with these samples. If you like the clips, I'm confident you'll really enjoy the CDs!
We are pleased to announce our seventh release in the Sing The Word CD series: Credo. This recording is filled with dynamic and colorful songs tailored to 8 Scripture passages. Many of the Scriptures are longer than previous recordings, as this CD is targeted for ages 11 and up.
The title derives its name from the first song, "The Apostle's Creed". We use the traditional creed that is most often recited in our churches today, dating back 1800 years! This musical setting is guaranteed to captivate your imagination: it begins with the first line of the creed sung in Latin by a children's vocal ensemble in Gregorian-chant style, followed by a bass flute solo (our daughter Naomi). Hannah (also our daughter) beautifully sings through the entire creed (in English of course!). The finish includes an "army" of snare drums with the chorus resounding in 3-part harmony.
This collection includes hallmark Scripture passages to be sure. The 1st Corinthians 13 "love" chapter is a colorful arrangement for orchestra. The "Ten Commandments" setting harkens back to the drama of Sinai with its striking array of cymbals, gongs, and men's deep choral sounds. There are two entire psalms included: 15 and 90. Psalm 90 is a remarkable text with its variety of mood and message. We have captured the opening declaration ("Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations"), the acknowledgement of God's displeasure ("…all our days have declined in Your fury"), and the final mournful appeal ("do return, O Lord") with three unique musical accompaniments. Our goal here (as in all our recordings) is to tailor the music to the text so that the listener receives insight into its meaning. We trust that our Psalm 90 continues that vision as each section illuminates the Scripture for you. The "Word Made Flesh", from John 1:14, features the captivating sound of Roger Nye's bassoon. (Roger is a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). "My Son Do Not Forget" is a light-hearted upbeat discourse with father (me) and daughters each taking a verse. Micah (our son) drives this one along with his cajon – a wooden box that is played with the hands while sitting right on top of it. The CD closes with the song "The Resurrection and the Life". The final phrase is Jesus' arresting question "believest thou this?" Since this last line of the entire CD is a question, we end it using a chord that makes the song sound like a musical question as well (the song ends with the "5" or dominant chord, instead of the tonic or "1" chord).
The CD starts with a declaration of the creed of the faith, with the words "I believe". The CD ends with a question to the listener, posed by Jesus himself: "do you believe?"
These 8 Scripture songs are recommended for ages 11 and up, but Credo will be enjoyed by the entire family. Instrumental-only tracks are included for memory practice, and performance.
Bible versions used: NAS and NKJV, KJV.
Composer/arranger, trumpet/flugelhorn, synthesizer, recording engineer, father
Steve earned his Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he majored in jazz studies/trumpet performance. After teaching college music, he toured with the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich Big Bands as solo trumpet. Steve then free-lanced in New York City and attended the Brooklyn Tabernacle, where he played trumpet with the renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Subsequently, he was the Director of Arts and Worship at Bethel Christian Fellowship in Rochester, NY for 7 years. Currently, Steve dedicates his musical life to developing the Sing The Word series.
Flute, piccolo, alto flute, recorder, mother
Anne earned her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she is now Assistant Professor of Flute. She is solo flute with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, a professional chamber orchestra in the Adirondack mountains of New York State. She performs with the Eastman Virtuosi and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Formerly, she was principal flute of the Florida West Coast Symphony and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, the Florida Wind Quintet, and the Spoleto Festival. Anne has taken her talents to France, Italy and Germany as a performer and recording artist. Her most significant (and challenging) accomplishment is home-schooling her four children.
The Harrow kids
along with their cousin are all budding musicians who sing on their recordings.
Instrumental tracks are also included!
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