Audio of Song Melodies and Readings

Are you an ear musician trying to learn my songs? Need accompaniment for music in my Bible study books? Or just want to hear how the melodies sound?

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  • MIDI files are generally much smaller than MP3 files, but the sound quality may be different.
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Were You There When They Crucified Our Lord? Meditations on Calvary

The songs I wrote for this Bible study are set to tunes in the public domain. The tune names (in CAPS) and composers are noted. Some tunes have been altered to suit my lyrics.

The computer-generated accompaniment files play each song’s refrains and repeats exactly as written after a brief intro, so you can open your book to the score or lyrics and follow along through all the verses.

Rehearsal files are provided for the solo, duet, and round songs. The rehearsal tracks emphasize the voice parts with oboe, to help the singers learn the melody.

God Be with You till We Meet Again  (GOD BE WITH YOU; Tomer)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

Jesus, Please Remember Me  (SOLID ROCK; Bradbury)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]
See the live recording below.

My God, Why  (TIME STANDS STILL; Dowland)
[accomp oboe+viol MP3]   [accomp oboe+viol MIDI]
[accomp oboe+viol+guitar MP3]  [accomp oboe+viol+guitar MIDI]
[rehearsal MP3]  [rehearsal MIDI]

Note: The guitar part used in the above accompaniment was converted via MuseScore from David Fraser’s midi file for lute (CPDL #17381).

A variety of other accompaniments for “Time Stands Still” can be heard on YouTube and other web sites. Here is a simple guitar arrangement for “My God, Why” based on a charming recording of Dowland’s tune by Jon Sayles.
[accomp MP3]

O My God, Please Tell Me Why  (ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR; Elvey)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]
[rehearsal MP3]  [rehearsal MIDI]

Roll the Stone Away  (ST. GERTRUDE; Sullivan)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

We Were All There (WERE YOU THERE; African-American spiritual)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

Were You There  (WERE YOU THERE; African-American spiritual)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

Where Are You, My God  (LIGHT OF THE WORLD; Bliss)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

Where Were the Twelve  (GERMANY; Gardiner’s Sacred Melodies)
[accomp MP3]  [accomp MIDI]

Where Were the Twelve (TALLIS’ CANON; Tallis)
[rehearsal MP3]  [rehearsal MIDI]

A canon is a song sung as a round. Various arrangements are possible, depending on the number of voices. Sing a cappella or with accompaniment. Chords are noted on the score.

I like this arrangement of a hymn set to the tune TALLIS’ CANON, performed by the Miller family. It starts with the entire first verse in one voice (which could be a single person or a group singing in unison). The second verse brings in a second voice, starting at mark 3 on the “Where Were the Twelve” round score. The third verse adds a voice starting at mark 2. Each verse is completed before the first voice moves on to the next verse. This conveys the message more clearly than looping the verses continuously like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

Who Is This Man  (LAZARUS/KINGSFOLD; early English melody)
[rehearsal MP3]  [rehearsal MIDI]
This solo is best sung either with live accompaniment or a cappella, not with a static accompaniment track. See the live recording below.

Live recordings

Listen to examples of wonderfully expressive renditions from the first presentation of the “Were You There” Bible study.

Who Is This Man
The lyrics have been revised since this was recorded, but you’ll get the idea. Accompanying himself on guitar, Emrys Tyler varied his timing and dramatic styling to convey a rich range of emotion as the narrative unfolded.
Be forewarned: The 13 verses took about 10 minutes as Emrys performed it (on very short notice, I might add. Thanks, Emrys!).

Jesus, Please Remember Me
This one is a mere 3 verses; also sung by Emrys Tyler.

Transformed: 5 Resurrection Dramas

Mary Magdalene, Transformed

  1. See How Far I Have Fallen (Theresa Olin, soloist)
    Tune: ES IST EIN ROS (Praetorius)
  2. O Lord, Whose Touch Once Made Me Whole (Theresa Olin, soloist)
    Tune: ST. MARGARET (Peace)
  3. Oh, How You Love Me, Jesus (A cappella; Theresa Olin, soloist)
    Tune: O MIO BABBINO CARO (Puccini)
  4. Oh, How You Love Me, Jesus (Instrumental playback)
    Tune: HYFRYDOL (Prichard)

Songs for the Lord 

The MP3 files for Songs for the Lord play each song’s refrains and repeats exactly as written, so you can open your sheet music and follow along through all the verses. You’ll hear the melody line without chords or vocals unless otherwise noted.

  1. Before Us, Alive!    (Before Us, Alive! sheet music – PDF *)
  2. Don’t Be Afraid
  3. Dyin’ to See Heaven
  4. Family Circle of God
  5. Get a Grip on Me, O Lord
  6. I Need a Real Superhero
  7. In the Armor of God
  8. Is There Room at the Cross?
  9. Jeremiah’s Song of Hope
  10. Jesus Has a Sense of Humor (For solo guitarist. As indicated on the sheet music, the pause between verses will be filled with spoken words and improvised strumming.)
  11. Lois’s Song of Praise
  12. Maybe Yes, Maybe No
  13. My Footprints on Your Life
  14. My Forever Lord  (My Forever Lord sheet music – PDF *) Updated with chords and accompaniment
  15. One Day Every Knee Will Bow
  16. Only Then
  17. People of God Keep Grumbling
  18. Sin Is God’s, Not Ours, to Define
  19. The Open Door
  20. The Uphill Road
  21. Thy Will Be Done
  22. When the Nothing I Am Meets the Great I Am
  23. You Didn’t Just Give Us Light
  24. You Loved Me First     (You Loved Me First sheet music – PDF *)

Musical Settings for New Hymn Texts

For the convenience of the music ministers who receive preview copies of my new hymn texts, I post audio files (MIDI and MP3) for the musical settings.

The list has grown quite long, so they now have their own page.


Through Two Unblackened Eyes, written and read by Linda Bonney Olin (c) 2012

Copyright Information

Song lyrics and vocal performances from Transformed: 5 Resurrection Dramas © 2014 Linda Bonney Olin; music is adapted from tunes in public domain.
All rights reserved.

“Before Us, Alive!” words © 2012 Linda Bonney Olin; music © 2012 Lauren Floden and Linda Bonney Olin.
All other songs from Songs for the Lord © 2012 Linda Bonney Olin.

Individuals, churches, and performing groups are permitted to download the Songs for the Lord audio files for the purpose of learning the songs and for personal enjoyment.
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* PDF sheet music files provided here contain copyrighted material. Individuals are welcome to print a single copy for personal enjoyment. Churches may download and print a small number of copies for noncommercial use in a worship setting, providing the proper attribution and copyright notice are displayed.

Contact Linda Bonney Olin to request her written permission if you wish to use her music for any other purpose or in any other manner.

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