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PRODUCTIONS FROM THE PANDEMIC
When singing in public became a literal public health hazard, many music programs turned to creating "virtual" productions. These projects required each musician to record their individual part in isolation, and a poor, unfortunate, audio mixing engineer to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Matthew was such an engineer for many programs across the Southland.
Below is a collection of pieces that were performed, recorded, and produced entirely remotely by Matthew and his colleague, Bill Schmidt, during the pandemic
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Seek Ye First / Scarborough Fair Traditional English Folk Melody Popularized by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel Base Arrangement for Strings by Brian Hardy Orchestration, New Lyrics, Vocals, Virtual Instruments, and Audio Production by Matthew Ian Welch Created for Oneonta Congregational Church, July 2020 Inspired by a new translation of Amos 5:14-15 by Justin Berkobien Lyrics: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God And His righteousness And all these things shall be added to you Allelu, Alleluia Hate all wrong, love goodness, be kind. (Truth I say to you: all who would live must die). In your heart, no evil bear. (So God loved the world that he gave us His Son). His grace your soul and heart shall find. (That who so believes in Him may not perish, but share in life eternal). Allelu, Alleluia (Blessed are those who in spirit are poor) Ask and it shall be given to you (Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven) (Blessed are those mourn) Seek and ye shall find (Blessed those who hunger and search for what’s right) Knock and it shall be opened for you (Blessed are the poor in spirit) Allelu, Alleluia (Rejoice! Be glad, for the Kingdom is near!) Seek ye first the Kingdom of God And His righteousness And all these things will be added to you Allelu, Alleluia
The Road Home - Stephen Paulus
"The Road Home," adapted by Stephen Paulus to the tune "Prospect" from Southern Harmony (1835). Lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne. Commissioned for the Dale Warland Singers by Timothy and Gayle Ober in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary with matching funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. (c) 2005 Performed by the Oneonta Congregational Church Men's Quartet: Steve Hill - Lead* Abram St. Amand Poliakoff - Alto and Solo Bill Schmidt - Tenor Matthew Ian Welch - Bass *Steve Hill also rearranged this for four male voices. Recorded individually under quarantine. Mixed and mastered by Matthew Ian Welch. Lyrics: Tell me, where is the road I can call my own, That I left, that I lost, So long ago? All these years I have wandered, Oh, when will I know There's a way, there's a road That will lead me home? After wind, after rain, When the dark is done. As I wake from a dream In the gold of day, Through the air there's a calling From far away, There's a voice I can hear That will lead me home. Rise up, follow me, Come away, is the call, With the love in your heart As the only song; There is no such beauty As where you belong: Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.
Your Grace Still Amazes Me
Your Grace Still Amazes Me Phillips, Craig and Dean Songwriters: Connie Harrington and Shawn Craig Lead Vocals and Production: Matthew Ian Welch Instrumental and Vocal Accompaniment: Bill Schmidt Verse 1 My faithful Father, enduring Friend, Your tender mercy's like a river with no end. It overwhelms me; covers my sin. Each time I come into your presence, I stand in wonder once again. Chorus Your grace still amazes me. Your love is still a mystery. Each day I fall on my knees, 'cause Your grace still amazes me. Your grace still amazes me. Verse 2 Oh patient Savior, You make me whole. You are the author and the healer of my soul. What can I give You? Lord, what can I say? I know there's no way to repay You - only to offer You my praise. Chorus Bridge It's deeper, it's wider, it's stronger, it's higher ... It's deeper, it's wider, it's stronger, it's higher than anything my eyes can see. Chorus
Let There Be Peace on Earth - Matthew Ian Welch
Let There be Peace on Earth Words and Music by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson Based on an arrangement for Piano and SATB choir by Jay Althouse New arrangement for virtual orchestra by Matthew Ian Welch Keyboard accompaniment performed by Bill Schmidt Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on Earth; the peace that was meant to be. With God, our Creator, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment, now. With ev'ry step I take, let this be my solemn vow: To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on Earth. And, let it begin with Me.
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Traditional German Carol from Kölner Gesangbuch, 1599 Translation by Theodore Baker, 1894 Arranged by Richard Walters Instrumental Accompaniment Bill Schmidt Produced/Sung by Matthew Ian Welch "Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse's lineage coming As men of old have sung. It came, a flower bright, Amid the cold of winter When half-gone was the night. Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind: With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind. To show God's love aright She bore to men a Savior When half-gone was the night."
Make Them Hear You
"Make Them Hear You," from the musical, Ragtime (1996) Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Terrence McNally, based on the 1975 novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow Matthew Ian Welch, Vocals Bill Schmidt, Accompanist Lyrics: "Go out and tell our story Let it echo far and wide Make them hear you Make them hear you How Justice was our battle And how Justice was denied Make them hear you Make them hear you And say to those who blame us For the way we chose to fight, That sometimes there are battles That are more than black or white And I could not put down my sword When Justice was my right Make them hear you Go out and tell our story to your daughters and your sons Make them hear you Make them hear you And tell them, "In our struggle, We were not the only ones" Make them hear you Make them hear you Your sword could be a sermon Or the power of the pen Teach every child to raise his voice And then my brothers, then Will justice be demanded by ten million righteous men Make them hear you- When they hear you, I'll be near you Again."
Psalm 29 / Holy, Holy, Holy - Matthew Ian Welch
Song Title: Holy, Holy, Holy Reginald Heber (1783–1826) Based on the original melody, "Nicaea" by John Bacchus Dykes Original arrangement by Matthew Ian Welch and Bill Schmidt. Introduction (Spoken) - Psalm 29 3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion[b] like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c] and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” Music (Sung) Holy, holy, holy Lord, God Almighty Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee Holy, holy, holy Merciful and mighty God in three persons blessed Trinity Holy, holy, holy Though the darkness hide Thee Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee Perfect in power, in love, and purity Holy, holy, holy Lord, God Almighty All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea Holy, holy, holy Merciful and mighty God in three persons blessed Trinity.
Voice of Truth
Voice of Truth Steven Curtis Chapman / Mark Hall Originally popularized by the band, Casting Crowns Released in 2004 as the second single from their self-titled first album Piano: Bill Schmidt Vox/Bass/Drums/Production: Matthew Ian Welch Lyrics: Oh, what I would do to have the kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I'm in - onto the crashing waves ... to step out of my comfort zone into the realm of the unknown, where Jesus is. And, He's holding out His hand. But the waves are calling out my name, and they laugh at me, reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed. The waves they keep on telling me, time and time again: "Boy, you'll never win! You'll never win!" Chorus But, the voice of truth tells me a different story. The voice of truth says: "Do not be afraid!" The voice of truth says: "This is for My glory." Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth. Oh, what I would do to have the kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant with just a sling and a stone ... surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors, shaking in their armor, wishing they'd have had the strength to stand. But the giant's calling out my name, and he laughs at me - reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed. The giant keeps on telling me, time and time again: "Boy you'll never win! You'll never win!" Chorus But, the stone was just the right size to put the giant on the ground. And, the waves - they don't seem so high from on top of them looking down. I will soar with the wings of eagles when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus singing over me. Chorus
Be Ye Glad
Be Ye Glad Michael Kelly Blanchard Matthew Ian Welch, Vocals and Production Bill Schmidt, Piano In these days of confused situations In this night of a restless remorse When the heart and the soul of a nation Lay wounded and cold as a corpse From the grave of the innocent Adam Comes a song bringing joy to the sad Oh, your cry has been heard and the ransom Has been paid up in full, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Every debt that you've ever had Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad So be like lights on the rim of the water Giving hope in a storm sea of night Be a refuge amidst the slaughter Of these fugitives in their flight For you are timeless and part of a puzzle You are winsome and young as a lad And there is no disease or no struggle That can pull you from God, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Every debt that you ever had Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Oh, be ye glad Every debt that you ever had Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad
Offering, Third Day
"Offering" From the album, Third Day - Offerings II: All I Have to Give Written and popularized by Third Day: Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Bradley Avery, Tai Anderson, and David Carr Piano, Bill Schmidt Vocals and Production, Matthew Ian Welch Magnificent, Holy Father, I stand in awe of all I see. Of all the things You have created, Still You choose to think of me... And, who am I that you should suffer your very life to set me free? The only thing that I can give You is the life You gave to me. This is my offering, Dear Lord. This is my offering to You, God I will give You my life for its all I have to give, because you gave your life for me. I stand before You at this altar. So many have given You more. I may not have much I can offer. Yet, what I have is truly Yours.
Hard Times Come Again No More - Stephen Foster
"Hard Times Come Again No More" (1854) Stephen Foster Original arrangement and instrumental performances by Bill Schmidt. Orchestration, vocals, and audio production by Matthew Ian Welch. Verse 1 Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears, While we all sup sorrow with the poor; There's a song that will linger forever in our ears; Oh! Hard times come again no more. Chorus 'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, Hard Times, hard times, come again no more. Many days you have lingered around my cabin door; Oh! Hard times come again no more. Verse 2 While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay, There are frail forms fainting at the door; Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say Oh! Hard times come again no more. Chorus Verse 3 'Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave, 'Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore 'Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave Oh! Hard times come again no more. Chorus
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" African-American Spiritual arranged by Harry T. Burleigh and Richard Walters Chorus Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel, and why not every man? Verse 1 He delivered Daniel from the lion's den, Jonah from the belly of the whale, and the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace, and why not every man? Chorus Verse 2 The moon runs down in a purple stream. The sun refused to shine. Every star did disappear. Yes, freedom shall be mine. Chorus Verse 3 I set my foot on the Gospel ship, and the ship began to sail. It landed me over Canaan's shore, and I'll never come back anymore. Chorus/Coda Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel, and why not every man?
The Spirit is Willing (But my Flesh is Weak)
Original Version by Babbie Mason From the Album: "Right Where You Are" (c) 2004 Spring Hill Music Group Piano part arranged, recorded, and performed by William (Bill) Schmidt. Vocals and mixing/mastering by Matthew Ian Welch Inspired by Matthew 26:41, from this week's Scripture selection. Lyrics: If my tears were enough to pay the debt I owe From weeping eyes in torrents they would flow For I find my condition brings me to my knees For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak Too much like the sea, my spirit will not rest A thousand storms are raging deep with my breast Sweet peace like a river is all the cure I need For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak I turn my eyes and look within To deeply grieve for all I see Your love compels me to surrender I lay my burdens at Your feet Your feet So I abandon my ambitions vain And I take up Your cross Oh, bless that sweet exchange Never let me be moved from this divine retreat For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak
If I can help somebody
"If I Can Help Somebody" Words and Music by A. Bazel Androzzo Bill Schmidt, Piano Matthew Ian Welch, Vocals and Production If I can help somebody as I pass along, If I can cheer somebody with a word or song, If I can show somebody he is trav'ling wrong, Then my living shall not be in vain. Then my living shall not be in vain. Then my living shall not be in vain. If I can help somebody as I pass along, Then my living shall not be in vain. If I can heed my duty as a good man ought, If I can bring back beauty to a world upwrought, If I can spread love's message like the Good Lord taught, Then my living shall not be in vain. Then my living shall not be in vain. Then my living shall not be in vain. If I can help somebody as I pass along, Then my living shall not be in vain.
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