David Kai | Songs of Faith, Hope and Love

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Songs of Faith, Hope and Love

by David Kai

A collection of the composer's works over many years. Most of the songs are faith related, based on biblical themes and written in a Contemporary Christian style, although we do take a little jaunt into folk and country music as well!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wherever You May Go
2:30 $0.99
2. Micah's Song (Seek Justice)
2:01 $0.99
3. Christ Is Born
3:56 $0.99
4. No Greater Love
4:15 $0.99
5. Our God Goes with Us
4:52 $0.99
6. With Respect in Creation
2:52 $0.99
7. We Are a Rainbow
3:44 $0.99
8. They'll Be on the Rock This Christmas
3:48 $0.99
9. Just a Little Snowbird Song
2:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
David Kai: Songs of Faith, Hope and Love

The logic behind the order of the songs is that he first four follow the order that they would be found in the Bible, with the stories of Ruth (Wherever You May Go), the prophet Micah (Micah’s Song) and from Jesus’ life (Christ is Born, No Greater Love). We then move into songs about the life of faith and the work of the church (Our God Goes With Us, With Respect In Creation, We Are a Rainbow). Two popular songs follow, the kind you hopefully might hear on a pop or country radio station (They’ll Be On the Rock This Christmas, Just a Little Snowbird Song).

Words and music for all songs are by David Kai.
Vocals: Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6: Mariko Bown-Kai; Tracks 3, 4, 8: Pat Perry; Track 7: Seaton Brachmayer; Track 9: Walter Gallant
Photographs: Marly Bown (CD), Richard Choe (cover)

1. Wherever You May Go tune: Renaud
This song is based on the book of Ruth, chapter 1, verse 16. The song was originally written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a couple who had used this scripture passage at their wedding. They were a military couple, so the reference to going "wherever you may go" was particularly appropriate; the hymn tune reflects their name. This song is found at #216 in the More Voices hymn supplement.

2. Micah’s Song (Seek Justice) tune: Popoff*
This song is based on Micah 6: 3, 6-8. It was originally written as a part of the Bible Quest church school curriculum. The chorus is easily learned as it is written in a call and response form. Popoff is the name of an internment camp (at first a tent city) in the interior of British Columbia where my uncle and family were held.

3. Christ is Born
A contemporary Christmas song based on Luke 2: 8-20. This is probably my oldest song on the CD, with some sketches begun in 1973. It was first performed at a Christmas Eve service at the Centennial Japanese United Church in Toronto in the mid 1970s. The song was first recorded by the Contemporary Christian group "Whitestone" in the early 1980s.The recording heard here was made in a home studio in Orleans, Ontario and appeared on Pat Perry's album, "Gifts From Friends".

4. No Greater Love
A song for Good Friday based on John 15:13 (NRSV): "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." Sketches for this song were also begun in 1973. This recording was also made in a home studio in Orleans, Ontario and appeared on Pat Perry's album, "Gifts From Friends".

5. Our God Goes With Us tune: Lemon Creek*
This hymn reflects the history of my home congregation, the Centennial Japanese United Church (now Bayview United Church). The form of the hymn is similar to “Spirit of Gentleness” by Jim Manley, which focuses on the work of the Spirit throughout the Bible. In this hymn the work of the Spirit is depicted during Japanese-Canadian history and the ongoing story that led the Toronto Japanese United Church Nisei to worship at, and eventually amalgamate with the Centennial United Church. Lemon Creek is the name of a camp in the interior of British Columbia where Japanese-Canadians were interned; it gave rise to a large United Church congregation.

6. With Respect In Creation tune: New Denver*
The title of this hymn is drawn from A New Creed of the United Church of Canada, where it proclaims that "We are called to be the church... to live with respect in creation"; sections of Romans 8 are also referenced. This hymn received an honourable mention in Moderator Mardi Tindal's creation hymn competition and also in the Pax Christi hymn competition.

7. We Are a Rainbow tune: Slocan*
This new hymn is especially appropriate for Affirming Ministries.The hymn draws on rainbow and rainbow-coloured imagery in the Bible, and the imagery of light which is composed of rainbow colors. The hymn suggests that Affirming Ministries have a badly needed light which they can proudly share with the world.

8. They’ll Be On the Rock This Christmas
A song about most Newfoundlanders' desire to be back on the Rock at Christmas time. This song was written as a Christmas present for my spouse Marly, who was born and raised in Newfoundland and will always consider it to be "home". The song contains many references to life in Newfoundland, including mummers, yarnin', wood stoves and partridgeberries.

9. Just a Little Snowbird Song
A fun song for and about snowbirds, some who might be lovebirds as well! Snowbird is a term used to describe those from Canada and the northern USA who seek warmer southern areas during the winter.

*It is my custom to name my hymn tunes after camps and ghost towns where Canadians of Japanese descent were interned during the Second World War. In this way I hope to ensure that these places will not be forgotten.

Notes about the recordings:
The most recent recordings (1, 2, 5, 6 & 7) were done at home using a Yamaha P-155 keyboard, Ensonic SD-1 keyboard, Rode USB-NT microphone and recorded with the Audacity program on a Windows computer. Song 8 was recorded at home in Orleans, Ontario in the 1990s using an Ensonic SD-1 keyboard, Shure SM57 microphone and a TEAC 3340 4 track reel to reel tape recorder. Song 9 was recorded in 2018 in a home studio in Zephyrhills, Florida using Logic recording software on an Apple computer; many thanks to vocalist, guitarist and engineer Walter Gallant for this recording. There are also some supplemental vocals not listed on the CD jacket: Mark Allen provided harmonies on No Greater Love and I do some croaking for the responses in Micah's Song.

More details, samples and links to videos are available at www.sites.google.com/site/davidwkaismusic



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