Not long before I moved to Norway, the contemporary music group at Prince George recorded an album of new songs. It took longer to finish than anticipated, but now it is finally released!
For anyone that has not visited Prince George, the title (in part) refers to the ‘boxes’ in which the congregation fit, and into which the band is squeezed. The boxed are numbered (the cover image is the door to number 2 – the band box) and were originally sold or rented to parishioners as a way of funding the church. Inevitably the wood work has acquired many ‘carvings’, courtesy of generations of young people – hence the font.
Full information can be found on the Prince George website and background information about the songs is here. The following is taken from the website, including details of how to get a copy!
An Album of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Out of the Box is a collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs written by Jon Blamire at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, and recorded by the worship group in 2012.
- Download from iTunes
- CDs are available from the parish office for $10.
- Sheet music can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format using the links below
- CD booklet in PDF format can be downloaded here
- Song lyrics and background information is here
Prince George has a strong tradition of preaching from the Lectionary (a three year cycle of Bible readings). This creates a unique challenge for music directors to find appropriate music which fits the liturgical season, the readings and is appropriate to the congregation. For me, it led, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, to writing quite a lot of music.
The songs on this album are selected from over 80, and I pray that they will be a blessing to you, and find a wider application than the services for which they were originally written. The lyrics are a mixture of Bible texts and paraphrases, commentary on the Bible texts and existing lyrics. All the music is original. Thank you Andy Morgan & thank you band for your input!
I’m deeply indebted to the vestry, staff and congregation at Prince George for giving me the opportunity to develop this aspect of my ministry.
For Paul and Becky.
Without you and your love of worship, none of this would have been possible. Thank you!
About this recording
10 of the songs were recorded ‘live’ on a Saturday afternoon in February 2012, with the band squashed into our normal ‘box’ (hence the album title), using our new digital mixing desk (thanks to the ladies of the ECW). The other 6 are archive demo recordings from our regular Wednesday evening band practices, made using very basic ‘old technology’. Some vocals have been re-recorded in the studio (well in the music office!), and extra vocals and / or keyboards have been added to a few songs.
All songs are copyright of Jonathan Blamire and Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, but are made available free of charge for use in worship. If you use the songs, we would love to know! If you want to record or publish them, please contact us for permission. All rights reserved.
Out Of The Box Musicians
John Stalvey – Guitar and Vocals
– John you paved the way for contemporary worship at PG!
Duane Demello – Bass and Vocals
– What a musician!
Jeremy Vause – Keyboard / Vocals
– Georgetown’s own pop sensation!
Lauren Winslow – Vocals
– A solo at last.
Kitty Morgan – Flute / Vocals
– The creative one.
Joey Pittman – Trumpet / Vocals – Trumpet lifts everything.
Susanna Blamire – Euphonium / Vocals
– The youngest member of the team.
Troy Hight – Drums
– At just the right time . . .
Sarah Blamire – Piano / Vocals –
…… The other music director.
Jason Hamshaw – Vocals
– Your love for the Lord shines through your voice.
Jon Blamire – Bassoon / Whistle / Recorder / Keyboards / Bass / Vocals / Tambourine (!)
– Just filling in.
In listing the musicians, I also want to honor those who have played with the band in the past, including Julie and David Oberst, Caroline Stalvey, Sally Lumpkin, Chelsea Hamshaw, Ruth Blamire, Drew Pittman, Pam Dickson and the Gates family. Thank you all.
Recorded and mixed by Jon Blamire.
Mastered by Dave Aston at The Digital Audio Co.