Sheet music download: I love writing songs for children because really I am writing for myself. To put things simply but not simplistically: to speak of God in real terms without technical ‘insider’ language is a challenge – and one that children will punish you for if you are not keeping them engaged and entertained.
This song and the others in the ‘Every Single Creature’ collection all began with particular children in mind: ‘I’m gonna give’ was written for a stewardship campaign in Stockbridge in Edinburgh. ‘Every single creature’ emerged from an impromptu discussion about whales during a children’s talk in Barclay Viewforth Church, Edinburgh. ‘God’s love is big’ began in trying to keep my young son awake in the car; whilst ‘I want to walk with God’ is the most personal song, inspired by a university course on Christian-Muslim relations.
So all of the songs have been extensively road-tested with real living children, none of whom were harmed in the manufacturing process, but many of whom have been found humming the tunes or asking for them to be played over and over again in the car. You have been warned.
Royalties from this song and the collection will go towards recording further songs (an EP and album are in the pipeline).
David McNeish is minister at Milestone Community Church in Orkney, and trained as a minster in Edinburgh. He has been a hospital doctor, a worship musician and a campaigner for the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Sheet music and words – 3 pages
Cover artwork: Rachel McNeish
All songs written by David McNeish © 2015 stonesongmusic firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The songs as they appear on the CD and in the samples on the ionabooks.com website are slightly different in detail from how they appear in the sheet music. The samples are provided only for guidance and to give you an idea of how the songs sound.
The CD of Every Single Creature, containing the four songs, is available from stonesongmusic:
Vocals and keyboards: David McNeish
Guitar, bass and programming: Lewis Rumney
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lewis Rumney: www.rumneyrecords.com
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