The first St. John’s choral CD in recent memory is of live performances, culled from our archives which have become so essential to our ability to stream worship during the pandemic. Over the past months, sifting through these archives has unearthed much treasure and given new perspective to years of choral growth. Selecting just 20 pieces was its own challenge, in order to represent a complete liturgical year. In it you will find a healthy dose of Advent and Christmas (early in the disc), including many things that make St. John’s so special!
Some of the audio might be thought less than “iTunes-worthy” in the recordings. However, we’ve left all the “human noises” moments intact … partly as there is no way to remove most of them without a second quiet take to insert as a replacement, and partly as a reminder that (to quote Fr. H) these are real shared moments, fostering “a deeper appreciation for life in community.” A few of the tracks, just four, are entirely “fabricated” in our Guild Hall studio, created for worship this past fall. Even these have the imperfections of small noises, reminding us of those who have worked over months of recording sessions to put these moments together for posterity.
A fundraiser for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and St. John’s restoration of our historic 1894 Hook & Hastings organ, proceeds will be split equally between the two, and that half which goes to the organ will be matched dollar for dollar. In what other universe can you give away half your money and be right where you would have been otherwise (in fact, richer)? In the universe of the amazing Kingdom of God, of course, where God’s agents scheme to make such things wondrously possible. This is certainly a year to remember, and this stocking-stuffer will be treasured for years to come. Perhaps some track or other will find some measure of international digital fame out there, and a gazillion downloads of it will pay for the organ. We can only hope, but meanwhile we can listen to God whispering in our ears through our recent history, sweetened by the miracles of modern technology. Enjoy!
For digital downloads, please use the link above. To order CDs for pickup in the church office or delivery by mail, please email Director of Administration Melanie Ventura at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20 for one or $90 for five, plus shipping if you would like them mailed. Digital downloads also may be purchased at the point of sale at iTunes or Amazon Music. We will provide the link here once available.
To reserve your hard-copy CD, please pre-order at the email above, and send your check, memo line “CD,” to:
St. John’s Church
61 Poplar St.
Newport, RI 02840
Checks also may be dropped off through the Poplar Street mail slot.
To download the CD flyer, please click here or on the image at right.