Stories Behind the Songs

The Story Behind “The White Goddess”

Listen below: Free download – pdfs/mp3 – White Goddess Two hundred friends and family gathered under the tent outside the Guilford Community Church on a hot Saturday, June 25, 2022.  After a prelude of traditional tunes played by Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy, the Celebration of Life for

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Land on the Shore – a journey

Becky Tracy, Zara Bode, Keith Murphy, Peter & Mary Alice & Stefan Amidon perform: Land on the Shore Maybe forty years ago I first came across this remarkable recording of Buna Hicks singing “Father’s Now Our Meeting Is Over” on the Folk Legacy “Traditional Music of Beech Mountain

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Alouette Iselin’s “Solstice Song”

Solstice Song by Alouette Iselin Mary Alice and I have been singing Alouette Iselin’s “Solstice Song” for thirty years or so. Alouette is a New Hampshire-based therapist and singer and songwriter.  I was always thrilled when she led a song at our pre-pandemic monthly Brattleboro pub sings with

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Amidons’ musical settings of scripture

We have a tradition at our Guilford Community Church UCC of arranging and composing songs as needed for our services.  Here are eight of the musical settings of scripture: seven newly composed, and one arrangement of an old hymn.                 *                *  

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Arrangements for Advent and Christmas

Here are some of our Guilford Community Church Choir favorite anthems for Advent and Christmas: Watts Cradle Hymn words by Isaac Watts – traditional American tune “RESTORATION” Watts Cradle Hymn Simple SATB harmonization with an easy piano part. We sing this in our Christmas Pageant when Mary comes

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Two Winter Songs for Children

Here are two winter songs for children that Mary Alice and I have sung for a long time that I turned into simple choral arrangements that are now available on our online choral sheet music download library/store.  Both include guitar chords and composed piano accompaniment. Stopping by the

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The Story of Eli, Eli

Eli, Eli The Short Story The Hebrew poem “Eli, Eli” was written by Hannah Szenes in 1942, and was set to music by David Zehavi in 1945.  I sang it with the Brattleboro Music Center Children’s Choir in 1991, and arranged it for piano/SATB in 2010. The Longer

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The Story of “Bright Morning Stars”

August 26, 2021 Bright Morning Stars The Short Story I arranged this traditional Appalachian spiritual for the Guilford (VT) Community Church UCC Choir in 2006. More I met Mary Alice at the weekly Tuesday evening contra dance held at the YWCA in Cambridge Massachusetts’ Central Square in September

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