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Anticipating Advent

Oct 10, 2016   //   by bcp   //   News  //  No Comments

 

Anticipating Advent

Looking for a new addition to your advent repertoire? Whether your resources are large of small, our carefully crafted selections include liturgy, choral or congregational anthems and stylish instrumentals. BCP (Braeded Chord Productions) is willing to work for YOU– tailoring our compositions to match your needs (different keys, custom changes, instrumental modifications, etc). And our already reasonable prices include instant downloads and permission to copy. It’s as easy as look– listen– click– sing/play!

Joyous Light of Glory – Evening Prayer Service – great for Advent or Lent
Long Awaited King, O Tiny Child, God Has Come to Us – exciting original anthems for Advent and Christmas
O Come O Come Emmanuel/Of the Father’s Love Begotten -intertwines these two advent carols in a fresh setting for SA and ensemble
Silent Night & We Three Kings -guitar and piano instrumentals
Long Awaited King CD -ten innovative arrangements of originals and familiar carols, from jazz to jig to joyful rock
Free lead sheets – as in FREE! includes songs and liturgical settings

“Lovely! (Evening Prayer) Simple, easy to learn by rote, and a gorgeous musical setting for the text. Not easy to find these days. To my fellow church musician colleagues: Take note of The Braeded Chord!” – Dr. Jean Boehler, Music Review Editor, Cross Accent

Staying Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Aug 21, 2016   //   by bcp   //   News  //  No Comments

Sweet Memories
In these dog days of summer, it helps to remember that a month ago we were in the beautiful country of Lebanon. Every day we shared music and enjoyed the company of the people of Heart for Lebanon, an amazing non-profit that refuses to turn its back on the plight of the refugees (mainly Syrian) within their borders. Every evening we enjoyed watching the sun set over the Mediterranean. Despite battling laryngitis and illness, we had enough voice and strength for each day, even getting through Thursday where we led in worship and devotions, taught crazy games, fun music (i.e. the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, etc), and ended the evening with a concert. BTW, that was the BEST concert we’ve ever had—the people truly made us feel like rock stars!

We also enjoyed our treks to Ft Wayne, Indiana to share our published music at the ALCM Region I gathering where Doris got to hear the whole assembly sing through “Breathe A Prayer” and “Psalm 31” while Sharon manned the booth, and to beautiful Cape May NJ where we sang at Tabernacle UMC.

On the Air
We’re thrilled to be guests on the Americana Radio Show, hosted by singer-songwriter Caroline Ferrante and broadcast by the UK’s West Norfolk Radio. The live taping will be done at the O Street Mansion in Washington DC. We’re even more excited that we’ll be joined by our friends, Jim Robeson (who is also our sound engineer and plays bass on our recordings) and Tom Teasley, world percussionist, whose beautiful sounds were on our Evening Grace CD. We tape on August 28 at 1– come on by and be a part of the live audience!

Under Construction

Jun 28, 2016   //   by bcp   //   News  //  No Comments

We’re currently updating the Store and Resources sections of this website, so you may see changes from day to day. One of the main changes is our pricing, making it more clear how to order music from single to multiple copies. We hope it will make your search easier!

We’re adding some new products, including even more singable Psalm settings and choral arrangements of BCP compositions. There are more lead sheets under the Resources tab.

Here’s where we’re different from other online music companies: we allow you to preview the ENTIRE piece before purchase rather than just showing you a snippet, to give you more of the experience of being in a brick and mortar store. When we’re done, you will be able to see the music and hear how it sounds. And we also try to accommodate our customer’s requests, whether it’s for something in a different key, the addition or deletion of parts, or change in instrumentation. This year we had requests to write violin and mandolin parts, add harmony to our Alleluia communion setting, and even change a choral work into an instrumental one. BCP Can Do!

To Be or Not To Be

May 7, 2016   //   by bcp   //   News  //  No Comments

Photo by Aaro Keipi (http://www.aarography.com)

BC or Not BC (Braeded Chord, That Is)

That is the question. After stepping down from our sixteen years of regular worship leading together, many people thought that would be the end of The Braeded Chord. Good news – we are still performing, guest worship leading, writing music, and teaching lessons and camps together. Even better news – we are still best of friends! We both have taken some time to enjoy God’s presence in other churches and clear our lives of clutter (physical, emotional and mental). I have spent many hours painting my dad’s house (who recently passed away)- breathing prayers in that quiet space, listening for that still small voice for a hint of the future of The Braeded Chord. Big hint, we’re going to Lebanon in July to lead worship at a teacher’s conference and staff retreat for Heart for Lebanon, an organization offering relief to refugees. We hope you will come along side us with your prayers and support and share in the journey!

In other news, we’ll be at the ALCM (Association of Lutheran Church Musicians) Region I conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana this July, representing Braeded Chord Productions and  offering original published music for church and choral use.  This year some of our music will be used at the conference reading session. We are busy updating this website (“Under Construction” “Coming Soon”), finalizing arrangements and adding to the library of BCP music in preparation for this conference.

FAQs
“Are you still recording?” is a FAQ we get these days. While we have songs we’ve written and plans to return, we haven’t scheduled a studio date yet.  So until then, here’s a never released song we did some years ago about a homeless girl named Mandy (true story).  Recently I (Doris) noticed a homeless man living with his dog by the Fairfax County Parkway exit of Braddock Road, and I was reminded of this song.  Enjoy this free song, and on this Mother’s Day, remember that everyone is somebody’s beloved child.

“Mandy”

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New for Advent and Christmas

Nov 12, 2014   //   by bcp   //   News  //  No Comments

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We are pleased to present some new music releases for the 2014      Advent Christmas season!

Come Let Us Turn to the Lord – arranged for SAB with piano and guitar accompaniment. Visit the BCP Store to listen to TBC’s original recording of the song and preview the score.

Silent Night – instrumental arrangement for piano, guitar and/or bells or C instrument. A medley of Silent Night and Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne. Includes guitar tab. Visit the BCP Store to listen to TBC’s original recording and preview the score.

Other Advent and Christmas Music from BCP:

Christmas Folio
Three original carols for Advent/Christmas. O Tiny Child is a tender lullaby, written in a slow tempo. Long Awaited King expresses the longings of the waiting heart and is suitable for Advent. God Has Come to Us is an upbeat, joyous celebration of Christ’s birth. Arranged for solo or ensemble/piano/guitar). Look and Listen at the BCP Store.

Joyous Light
A new setting for evening prayer by Sharon Dennis and Doris Au MacDonald (authors of “Alleluia: a new communion setting”) was written for the Association of Lutheran Musicians 2012 Region IV Gathering in Thousand Oaks California. Scored for piano, guitar, optional flute and violin, this setting uses strong melodies and modern song structure for easy sing ability. “Our second weds night using Joyous Light for our Advent Evening Prayer….love it!” Grace of God Lutheran Church in St Paul, Minnesota. Look and Listen at the BCP Store.

Long Awaited King CD
From jazz to jig to joyful rock, “Long Awaited King” has it all and is sure to become your favorite Christmas CD! Includes originals as well as innovative arrangements of traditional carols. Perfect for gift-giving or personal listening. Listen at the BCP Store.

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