Jan 212010

It’s finally happened! I’m finally official!

The other day I got a surprise package in the mail from Alliance Music Publications. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a great big stack of published scores… with my name on the front!

You may recall that “Mick McGuire” is the Irish folk song I arranged for men’s choir a while back. It’s a very funny story about a jaunty guy (the eponymous Mr. McGuire) who falls in love with a sweet young thing named Katie Donaghue–“She was fair and fat and forty”–but discovers that romance means he has to contend with a mother-in-law. Irish humour ensues.

My quirky arrangement was premiered appropriately enough in Belfast by the Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir. (I’m told they recorded it as well, but they haven’t released it yet. I’ll keep you posted.) Alliance accepted it for publication last year, and after a long wait (and much nitpicking of proofs on my part–can’t get the copyeditor out of my blood!) it’s finally been published. This is actually my first “officially” published musical work, so I’m very excited.

So here it is: “Mick McGuire” (TTBB + piano) is now available from Alliance Music Publications (AMP 0792). For ordering information, and a preview of the score, check them out at this link. (Apparently Mick also goes by “McQuire.”) If you or anyone you know might be interested in comical Irish songs for male voices, be sure to spread the word!

In other news and updates:

  • I’m orchestrating a piece for Moody Bible Institute’s Founder’s Week (which is February 1-5 this year). It’s a hymn that was written by a student as part of a competition. They’ll probably play it on the radio, if you have that in your area, but I don’t know when.
  • Those following the progress of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” may be a bit disappointed to hear that it won’t be produced this year after all, mostly due to staff and budget shortages. This does give us a chance to spend more time making the script and songs even better, and giving Unmasked Productions time to build a solid team who can do the project justice in the future. If you’re interested (or know someone who’s interested) in using professional music theatre in ministry, check them out.
  • The day after I got the final copy of “Mick McGuire,” I got the first proofs of my arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High” from GIA. That will be my next one to go to press, hopefully in time for Christmas. More excitement!

Thanks as always for your encouragement, prayers, and support.