It’s Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, or here in Philly “Fasnacht“. One of my lenten observances this year will be to attempt to turn off my internal editor and post one creative thing from tomorrow through Easter. It may be as simple as a quick photo or as expansive as this post, but I’m going to try and do it everyday even if I’m not in the mood, or my internal editor is telling me “you could do that better if you’d just wait and give it more time and attention”. Giving something more time and attention is my default mode. It’s certainly not a bad thing to do, but it also gives me an excuse for not completing so many of my creative projects… well, not this lent.

On Sunday evening I sat down to re-read the assigned texts for Ascension Sunday and plan the music for Monday evening chapel at LTSP. I was also lamenting the fact that in a few short days we’d be putting away our “alleluias”; there’s a tradition in our church that we do not say “alleluia” during the season of Lent. I could tell that by the time I got through the two Psalms assigned for Sunday that it was going to be a long night. There was this buzzing starting to form in my brain, and it wasn’t going to let me sleep until I gave it some attention. That mindfulness became this tune: I Will Remember This Alleluia.

I sent a quick email to new friends A.J. Houseman and Elizabeth Peters and 15 hours later I was setting up microphones to record this new tune with A.J. Elizabeth, and Aimee in our seminary apartment. We debuted this tune last night at chapel. It’s based mostly off of Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, and Matthew 17:1-9.

I got so wrapped up in the recording last night before chapel that I forgot to take a photo of the four of us sitting ’round the microphones. Here’s the only photo I have from yesterday. I hope this listening is a blessing to you as the little community that formed around these microphones was a blessing to me… Alleluia!

I Will Remember This Alleluia
I will remember this though my lips have been sealed
The glory of the Lord transfigured and revealed
The thunderous cloud said this is my beloved son
And through these trembling lips this one word now has sprung
Alleluia… Alleluia…
Get up and do not be afraid is what he said
The valley’s low and that is where we’ll make our bed
Until the dawning day when your heart’s fire is lit
Tend to the lamp of this word and remember it
Alleluia, we have heard the voice of heaven
Alleluia, while up upon the mountain
Alleluia, dazzling sunshine was his face
Alleluia, as a lamp in a dark place
So as the nations rage, their leaders plot and scheme 
The poor have no home left to lay their head and dream
Lover of justice come, push past the fog of war
Reveal your glory here, now and evermore 
Alleluia… Alleluia…
Alleluia, dazzling sunshine was his face
Alleluia, as a lamp in a dark place
Alleluia, we have heard the voice of heaven
Alleluia, while up upon the mountain
I will remember this though my lips have been sealed
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