Peter Kearney | Where Is Your Song, My Lord?

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Where Is Your Song, My Lord?

by Peter Kearney

A collection of Peter's early folk-hymns, written 1966-1970, recorded 1985. Includes his best known compositions 'Fill My House' and 'The Beatitudes'. His well-loved hymn 'Where is Your Song my Lord?' was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Song of the Lord's Travellers
4:14 $1.70
2. Come to Me
3:19 $1.70
3. Good You Were
3:20 $1.70
4. A Conversation
4:44 $1.70
5. Resurrection
3:47 $1.70
6. The Beatitudes
2:25 $1.70
7. Good Morning Good People!
5:28 $1.70
8. Martha and Mary
3:45 $1.70
9. Fill My House (Version A)
3:46 $1.70
10. A King in Rags
3:07 $1.70
11. Where Is Your Song My Lord? (Live)
5:19 $1.70
12. Fill My House (Version B)
3:07 $1.70
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Peter Kearney's most popular collection ever.
Lyrics, melodies and chords for all songs in this collection are on CD-Rom, available through Peter Kearney. For contact and Peter's online-store see the links on his CD Baby 'Artist Profile'.

At the time these hymn-songs were written (1966-1970) Peter had not yet realised importance of using inclusive language. Some songs use the word 'men' to refer to human-kind. For contemporary performance, Peter has alternative lines to avoid such outdated usages. The variations are included in the CD-Rom mentioned above.
In 'Where Is Your Song, my Lord' verse one, Peter now sings 'Peaceful and joyful always".

1. THE SONG OF THE LORD'S TRAVELLERS: - Relating the Exodus story to our own lives
2. COME TO ME: - "Come all of you here who are weary and I will give you all the rest you need"
3. GOOD YOU WERE: - Whatever you do for the least . . . you do for me
4. A CONVERSATION: - Based on the story of the disciples meeting the stranger on the road to Emmaus.
6. THE BEATITUDES: Originally published 1966 by J. Albert & Son, Sydney, Australia. Publishing copyright now held by BMG AM Pty Limited
7. GOOD MORNING GOOD PEOPLE!- (The Greeting of St. Francis). This song is also title song of Peter's major-work, a full length musical-narrative on the life of St. Francis of Assisi. This work 'Good Morning Good People - a Journey in Song' is available on double-CD through Peter (see Artist Profile links) and also through digital distrubutors CD Baby, iTunes etc.
8. MARTHA AND MARY:- The active and the reflective - two sisters and two sides of each one of us.
9. FILL MY HOUSE - VERSION A: This the recording that was included in the original 'Where Is Your Song, my Lord?' album. However, with its complex guitar accompaniment and Peter's arrangement for recorder consort, this is not the 'usual' version. Track 12 below is more like the usual version. 'Fill My House' is Peter's best known song/ hymn, originally published 1966 by J. Albert & Son, Sydney, Australia. Publishing copyright now held by BMG AM Pty Limited.
10. A KING IN RAGS: - The poverty of Jesus - born in a stable, slept by the roadside, numbered with thieves
11. WHERE IS YOUR SONG, MY LORD? - Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House with choir and small orchestra. This song was used as the theme song for 'Rejoice in the Word', an evening of liturgical-arts that happened in 1984. When Peter wrote this song in 1970, the word 'gay' still meant 'light-hearted and carefree'. Since then, that meaning has been overtaken. So in live performances these days, Peter sings: "Peaceful and joyful always".
12. FILL MY HOUSE - VERSION B: - A simpler three-chord version of Peter's best known song/hymn. This is the way the song was originally composed and usually played. 'Fill My House' was originally published 1966 by J. Albert & Son, Sydney, Australia. Publishing copyright is now held by BMG AM Pty Limited.

Recorded 1985 at Restless Studio, Balmain, Sydney. Engineer Roger Ilott.
Jan Arie - lead vocal on Martha and Mary, group vocals and percussion
Steve Arie - group vocals
Linda Berry - flute and electric piano
Penny Davies - group vocals, percussion
Roger Ilott - acoustic guitars, bass guitar, group vocals
Peter Kearney - lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, recorders, percussion', instrumental and vocal arrangements
Nic Lyon - double bass on 'Where is Your Song, my Lord?'
Bob McKinnon - improvised violin part on 'Fill My House - Version B'.
Claire Parkhill - lead vocals and group vocals
Clive Smith - piano arrangements
Christopher Willcock - arranged strings and extra vocal parts for 'Where Is Your Song, my Lord?

COVER ARTWORK: Karin Donaldson

Peter Kearney's earliest folk-hymns were published as a music book Songs of Brotherhood' by J. Albert & Son, Australia in 1966. Two songs from this collection 'Fill My House' and 'The Beatitudes' are Peter's most widely known compositions. 'Fill My House' in particular is still popular in many countries, including the USA. The other songs in the 'Where Is Your Song, my Lord?' album were written in a sustained burst of creativity in late 1970, while Peter was living in Basildon, Essex, U.K. This was just four years after the publication of 'Songs Of Brotherhood'. In the meantime, Peter had travelled overland from Australia to England, a trip which took him through twenty countries in a period of six months. His original title for this collection of new songs was 'Songs Of The Lord's Travellers'. In 1978, the new songs were published, as music book only, by J. Albert & Son. By that time the religious music market had become crowded and Peter's new songs made little impact. They were not effectively published until 1985 when cassette-tapes and music books were released by Crossover Music with a new title: 'Where Is Your Song, My Lord?'. The title song was 'in demand' after being featured as the theme song in 'Rejoice in the Word' - big liturgical-music evenings at the Sydney Opera House and the Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne in 1984. As a result, the 'Where is Your Song, my Lord?' collection became and still remains Peter's best-selling album ever.

"Unlike most contemporary liturgical music around, these songs are genuinely folk songs and as such have their own special appeal. I recommend them for your parish folk group, for your school, for your retreat team or for your own personal prayer." (Fr Kevin Bates SM)

"They are in no way instant songs, quickly learned and as quickly forgotten. Words and music together take root gently but firmly and grow to become part of people's very lives. They have been used in liturgy, in hospital, in prayer groups, in school assemblies. They express the gladness and sorrow, the hope and anxiety of every human heart. Try them and you will see." (Sr. Eileen Carroll, UK)

"I was given 'Where is Your Song, my Lord?' by my parents. I have since lost my father to leukemia and find it most comforting to sit quietly and listen to the tape when I am feeling a bit miserable." (Cheryl)



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