1 Making little books runs in the family. With this small volume I followed in my fathers footsteps. In 1983 this required laborious calligraphy, typing, lettrasetting and cutting and pasting before a trip to the printer. Fifteen years later I was being drawn to web publishing, like a moth to the flame. The labour has continued - only the tools have changed.
2 The thirty copies of this booklet were numbered by hand. On the inside cover of #1 is a table showing to whom copies were given.
3 In retrospect, this booklet should have been called "the end." A year and a half after its publication our son was born, and I exchanged my church music publishing aspirations for a more common, but equally noble pursuit - that of raising and supporting a family.
4 The German text of this famous Easter hymn from which this versification arose is still at the tip of my tongue, and if the hymn happens to well up in my soul it will be sung as by Luther and Bach.
5 The verses of this hymn are so wonderfully matter of fact. I especially like the line "Es war ein wunderlicher krieg" - "It was a very curious war".
6 A three part setting by Le Maistre
7 A three part setting by Le Maistre
8 A three part setting by Le Maistre
9 A two part setting by Othmayr
10 This verse from Isaiah was our wedding text, so I tried my hand at setting it in a Renaissance, counterpoint style. This is available as a Sibelius Scorch score on my Worship aNew website. After thirty years it still awaits its premiere.
11 I was thinking of a wonderful switch to triple meter in Bach's Cantata 4 when I wrote this.
12 This versification of Psalm 42 and 43 was already a year old when it was published here and had been put to use in a couple of Psalm 42 themed services in Toronto. It was subsequently modified to give it a rhyming scheme.
13 Psalm 43 is not normally paired with 42, but this seems obvious to me.
14 My binder full of photocopied Goudimel settings of the Genevan Psalms is all in French, so I was keen to put one to English.
15 I have played this with a recorder quartet, but I would dearly love to find some singers to bring it to full life.
16 My own Psalm 42 bicini.
17 This is the only one of my versifications that still lives on, appearing in the Psalter Hymnal and again in Psalms for All Seasons. The copyright has been ceded to the CRC. This simple setting is in invertible counterpoint, and served as a supper devotional song for a while in our house while the kids were still little. This is available as a Sibelius Scorch score on my Worship aNew website.
18 A setting by Othmayr
19 A setting by Othmayr
20 I have no idea any more what compelled me to versify this song. I think it must have been the starkness of the first line and my awareness of how common death was in centuries past, even up to the time of my own grandparents' youth.
21 This has all the emotions of a Psalm, but with the mercy of Christ to fulfill it.
22 I don't think I versified any more than the first verse of this famous hymn.
Newmaker is the spirit that drives a lifetime of creativity, and is a reflection of the Creator who continues to make all things new.
H.James Company is the business name for the renovation services of Henry de Jong since 1991. Services have been offered as sub-contractor and as contractor, but primarily as a professional craftsman working alone. Working on small to medium size jobs allows a personal committment to executing every detail with the same care, and to working one job at a time, on a steady and predictable schedule.