Thursday, May 18, 2017

Singing Welcome--New Hymn Society resource

The Hymn Society in the US and Canada has just issued a new collection of "songs of hospitality to refugees and immigrants." Take a look and make good use of the resources therein--including several of mine!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New recordings from Marty Haugen and David Haas

David Haas and Marty Haugen have released new recordings. Both feature Tice texts, along with many other wonderful selections. To support their work (and mine) please consider purchasing directly from GIA by visiting the links below.

On Marty's Pilgrims and Companions, check out "For God So Loves the World," track 4; "Seek Peace with All Creatures," track 8; and "With Sweetest Music," track 11. (The individual song links go to the sheet music pages for each peace.)

David's When We are Weak, We are Strong includes "Christ is There," track 1; and "Why, O God?" track 11. Sheet music will be available in the summer. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Has Jesus Stood in Front of Me

Here's a new text reflecting on the news of late. I imagine singing it to HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, which would require going back to stanza one at the end to get the ABABA form. But it could be combined with any number of familiar CM tunes, such as NEW BRITAIN (Amazing Grace) or McKEE. Use it freely through February, 2017; report use if you have a account. (You will need to manually enter it.)

Has Jesus stood in front of me,
unseen before my eyes?
He comes, a weary refugee,
and calls through strangers’ cries.

Has Jesus met me in the street
in someone I found strange—
in one who seeks a bite to eat,
or asks for extra change?

Has Jesus knocked upon my door
and sought a place to stay?
If I refuse to bless the poor,
will God turn me away?

Will Jesus find us puffed with pride,
or humble, last, and least?
He calls all hungry souls inside
to share in God’s great feast.

Adam M. L. Tice, January 31, 2017; ©2017 GIA Publications, Inc.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Hymn: The Morning After Jesus' Birth

Here is a hymn for this Christmas season. If you download the graphic, it should be large enough to reproduce well.

The morning after Jesus’ birth
no angels hovered near the earth;
the shepherds left to tend their sheep
and Bethlehem awoke from sleep.
The world was changed when Jesus came,
and yet, too much remains the same
as evil seems to keep its hold,
despite what prophet songs foretold.

We sing the angels’ song of peace
and wait for rage and war to cease.
And wait, with faith the world finds odd,
to greet the promised reign of God.
That reign is here, but upside-down,
for Jesus claimed no earthly crown
and shunned the use of hate and might
to turn the world from wrong to right.

At times that reign is hard to see,
and not where we would have it be.
It grows among the poor and weak
in places most refuse to seek.
As seeds take root in barren ground
so can the reign of God be found,
for Love has come and blossoms still
when we have faith and do God’s will.

LMD; suggested tune: YE BANKS AND BRAES
Adam M. L. Tice, December 7, 2016; ©GIA Publications, Inc.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Column in Reformed Worship

Reformed Worship has published a series of columns by Dr. David Music on hymn writers and composers. My work was featured in the December 2015 issue, which is now available online.  It is an insightful and detailed analysis.  Read it here:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Sally Morris collection

Ok, I'm pretty biased because there are more than a few of my texts included... 25, to be exact...
But Sally Ann Morris' new tune collection is spectacular.
Her setting of Mary Louise Bringle's text "You Search Me and Know Me, O My God" alone is worth the cost of the book.
I love that Sally finds a "voice" for each writer she works with. (For my texts she leans towards jazz.) That means there is substantial stylistic variety in the collection. Some future musicologist should compare how she sets her various writers' work.
Many of the tunes for my work have been previously published in my last few collections; however, there are still several new discoveries to enjoy; newly written tunes for my older texts, and one text never before published.
Head over to GIA to order your copy.
See also Sally's previous two books: To Sing the Artists' Praise, and Giving Thanks in Prayer and Song.
Sally and I also collaborated on a recording: Walk in Peace.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Let Speeches Fall Silent--a hymn after the Orlando massacre

Permission is granted for free use of this hymn during October, 2017.

Here is a new text, along with two possible tunes. Click on the tune images for full-sized versions.  This hymn may be freely used through July 31, 2016.

Let speeches fall silent and platitudes cease
from hawkers of violence they brand as “peace.”
Let people who suffer find places to speak,
and holders of power give way to the weak.

Let teachers of hatred, suspicion, and fear,
and those who would kill for the views they hold dear,
be turned from their ways and disarmed of their wrath
to walk on a new, more compassionate path.

Forgive us the times we neglected to act;
forgive our excuses for courage we lacked.
God, teach us the wisdom that leads us to grace:
your image is found in our enemy’s face.

Adam M. L. Tice, June 15, 2016
©2016 GIA Publications, Inc.