[NOTE: This is post #2 about “Open Hearts.” Click here for the first post.]
“With all your hopes and dreams, with all your faults and fears,
Like EVERY child of God, you are welcome here.
Let’s get together, show the world that we believe in…
Open hearts, open minds, open doors to all the people.
Every day, in every way, let us live this love.”
And here’s a higher-fidelity recording:
To all the welcoming congregations out there, especially my fellow Methodists (whose slogan I’ve borrowed for this song), I offer this simple “repeat-after-me” song. Check out my earlier post to learn more about the song — click here. If you are looking for ways to let people know that your hearts, minds and doors are open to them, maybe this little song can help out from time to time. I hope you enjoy it. In the words of the song:
No matter who you are, no matter where you’ve been, I know you’ve come so far. Welcome home again. Let’s get together…
Once again, for the original story about the song, or to obtain a hi-def pdf of the music score, check out my earlier post here. Some of you requested a recording, so I’ve made this rough track. By “rough,” I mean it’s just a tape made over the course of an afternoon in my basement, with lots of flaws but lots of love. I hope you enjoy it, but please be forgiving for the very human performance. I hope you’ll sing this song in your own communities, and I hope you’ll embrace our shared calling to be welcoming.
Grace and peace to you.
Quick performance note: If you listen to the track while reading the music score, you’ll notice that there’s an inconsistency. Don’t let it confuse you. There’s a running debate among those of us who have incubated this song over the last few years. Have a look at measure 10 of the score, where you see the words “world that we believe in.” The debate is this: Should measure 10 be a 3/4 measure or a 4/4 measure? The score is written in 4/4 (although the final measure of the chorus is 5/4), but sometimes it has just seemed like the 4th beat of measure 10 should really be the downbeat of the next measure. When song-leading, it has sometimes felt easier to lead congregations if we sing measure 10 as a 3/4 measure, quickly reverting back to 4/4 at measure 11. In any event, that’s how I’ve played on the recording (it DOES include a 3/4 measure), but you should do the song however you feel comfortable. The score is written in 4/4, though if you request it I can send you a version with the 3/4 “excursion.” I’ve known folks whom this 3/4 habit of mine will drive crazy. I played with a bassist for several years, a really wonderful musician and even more wonderful guy, who I thought would eventually hide my guitar from me, because it just drove him crazy. In truth, sometimes the 3/4 measures sounds totally wrong to me, too, and I play the 4/4 version. One day it’ll settle into the better option. It’s not my intent to drive anyone crazy — lead the music as you feel led, but for now, the recording has the 3/4 measure. Enjoy!