Psalm 63​-​I Long for You, O Lord​-​4​|​4

by Richard Schletty

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I said I would post the 4/4 version of Psalm 63-I Long for You (as written in 1981 for Damean Music). Here it is. It was captured live with my good old Zoom H2 recorder at St. Mary's Church in St. Paul today. Larry Strom at piano.

The alternate 3/4 version is posted here: richardschletty.bandcamp.com/track/psalm-63-i-long-for-you-o-lord-3-4

Here is what I wrote for the 3/4 version: I lead singing (often with both voice and nylon guitar) at one and sometimes two churches on weekends. I keep trying to improve my breath control and guitar playing. I love the Psalms of King David. A psalm is sung at a Catholic Mass after the first scripture reading. Here is Psalm 63 for the "12th Sunday in Ordinary Time." This setting was written in 1981 by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote (for the Damean Community). However, they wrote it in 4/4 time. My keyboard player at St. Mary's, Larry, did an adaptation in 3/4 (waltz) time several years ago for a Polka Mass. Well, we were on for 4:30 Mass this weekend and he sent me his Sibelius score and a practice MP3 he had made "for accordion and piano." I did not like the feel of it. I did this practice recording in order to convince myself that it could be smoothed out with less oom-pa-pa. Then after I did the recording, I discovered the original 4/4 arrangement online and figured we better do it the way it was intended by the original authors. Bottom line: both meters work for the song.

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released June 19, 2016
Composed by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote. © 1981 Damean Music. Voice: Richard Schletty.

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