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The beginnings of a modern psalter. First installment in a crazy ambitious plan to set all 150 Psalms to music.
The beginnings of a modern psalter. First installment in a crazy ambitious plan to set all 150 Psalms to music.
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'Psalms 1-10' is the first volume in our attempt to put all 150 psalms to new music. We’re shooting for an album full of songs you want to sing on Sunday mornings, while still being the kind of thing you want to listen to while washing dishes or driving to work. And we intend to make chord charts and lead sheets available for FREE for worship leaders and churches around the country. 

We can’t live like Christians until we learn to feel and think and sing like Christians. But not much modern Christian music captures the power and the wonder and the terror of God. Or expresses the inner life of a Christian, both the triumphs and the sufferings. At least not the way the psalms do. The Holy Spirit inspired these songs and put them in Scripture and they’ve been sung by the people of God for thousands of years—and for good reason. 

[Note: This might disappoint or it might relieve you, but we're not advocates of exclusive psalmody. Hymns are great. We sing them in worship and plan to continue. However, it is our belief that no true and lasting reform of the church is possible without a revival of Psalm singing. And thus our emphasis on the Psalms just now].

Andrew, Jody & Philip
Andrew, Jody & Philip

My Soul Among Lions is a group of guys who grew up feeding on Bob Dylan and gospel music and Pink Floyd and Hank Williams and the Beatles. Then we became professional musicians, trading in our guitars for violins and drumsticks for choral wands. But it turns out that God only wanted us to get our masters in violin so we could play fiddle. He wanted us to study voice so we could sing songs for His glory. It’s been a wild journey, but somehow we’ve each found ourselves back where we started, with our guitars and drumsticks. Some of us are pastors and worship leaders. Some of us are professional theologians and amateur poets. Maybe one day we’ll even get ourselves a professional poet. 

This is the first in maybe fifteen or so volumes. We’re approaching the project ten settings at a time (yeah, we’ll cross the Psalm 119 bridge when we get there). We’re producing everything in-house. It takes time, energy, and effort. And lots of equipment. And also your generous financial support, which we either have, or are in the process of soliciting. With your support, together we’ll be able to produce an album (along with charts, lead sheets, and everything else you might need to use the music in your own life and worship) that we hope will serve you and the church well. 

Yes, we have multiple versions of the first ten Psalms. Many of the alternates are as good (some might say better) as the ones going on the album. If we manage to raise $13,000 dollars we'll issue Vol. 1 as a double disc, including the B-Sides.

Music doesn't promote itself. If we hit the $16,000 mark, we'll spend that additional $3000 on a promotional campaign to help spread the word about the Psalms online, and to get the band into churches and other venues around the country. (A good way to help us reach this goal is to tell your church leaders to take advantage of our sweet $1,200 Reward!)

If through your generosity the Lord brings in $19,000 for the project then, my goodness, I guess we'll just have to issue 'Psalms 1-10' on 180gm vinyl LP. Because wouldn't that be sweet! Also, our top 50 supporters will get a free copy. So give early, give often, and give big.

Be sure to tune in regularly to our YouTube Channel for more demos from this project.

Risks and challenges

Any time you set about a self-produced project like this, there are challenges. But there are no permits standing in our way. No studio scheduling obstacles. The only real risk we see is that something catastrophic and unforeseen could happen. And it could. That's why God teaches us to say, "If the Lord wills, we will do this or that."

But outside of something catastrophic, the only thing standing between us and this project is the time and money we need to complete it. And if you've got the money, honey, we've got the time.

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    All of the above + invitation for two to CD release BBQ featuring J. Allan’s legendary Texas-style brisket and live performance by My Soul Among Lions (location: Bloomington, IN)

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    All of the above (even the complimentary show) + we'll write and record a song for you on a (family friendly) theme of your choice. It could be about anything at all. Your favorite furry woodland creature, the mole behind your ear, that time you laughed so hard milk spewed out your nose. Or, I don't know, maybe your favorite passage of Scripture? Whatever. We trust you'll make a mature choice.

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