They were always there...
Unflinching in the face of every human experience
Ancient Hebrew poetry and prayers authored by 5 individuals & 2 families just waiting to be discovered, cherished, arranged, and sung by this modern American man. Buried beneath a pile of three millennia of other hymns and songs that have been chanted/sung by God's people through the ages, the Psalms lay dormant (at least for me) until a few years ago. I grew up reading (and even memorizing) them but only recently discovered what had been "hidden in plain sight", so to speak.
After converting to Catholicism (I was received into the Catholic Church in 2011) I became exposed to "Responsorial Psalms" being sung in the liturgy and was immediately captivated by the richness, beauty, and relevance of that tradition. Yet as a music director I noticed a conspicuous dearth of rich, beautiful, relevant musical settings to accompany the sacred texts. That led me to start writing my own arrangements to use in Mass - and led to the founding of singapsalm.com as, I hope and pray:
- A valuable resource hub for music ministers, both liturgical and non-liturgical
- A ministry of encouragement to anyone who stumbles upon this site