Psalm 3 from Simple Song

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January 2021 began with tremendous uncertainties in my life.

Psalm 3:1
“O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!”

In the bible, King David cried out to God because he had to flee from his rebellious son Absalom. He left the palace in the middle of the night with a few of his faithful followers.

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in my life resulted in my small business loosing work from all my clients and inevitably moving out of my lovely apartment. After packing every inch of my Kia with the last load of my things, I was finally ready to leave. As I drove out of the parking lot at 1:30 a.m., I was teary-eyed saying goodbye to the apartment and great neighborhood I lived in. This was not my plan but it was the logical choice of action for me.

From Charles Spurgeon’s bible commentary, King David’s foes were rebellion from his son and attacks from his enemies.  The foes haunting me at the time were: I thought my life was out of control, no place to call home, no source of income, losing my small business, and only some savings left to sustain me. Thankfully, my sister and brother-in-law opened their home as a temporary place for me to stay until I can get back on my feet.

Psalm 3:2
“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.'”

One night while trying to fall asleep, doubt and worry overwhelmed me to sleeplessness. So I started praying. Completely surrendering my life and will to God, I cried for the Lord God to intervene and help me, asking Him to show me the way I should go, even if it meant letting go of my small business dreams, goals, and plans. In the last week of January, this was my prayer in the wee hours of the morning: “please Lord God help me, please intervene and show me the way, I surrender all!”

Psalm 3:3
But you, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”

Psalm 3:4
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.”

The following week, my heavy heart was lifted and replaced with assurance and confidence to begin searching for employment and a new place to call home. The 1st week of February I submitted my CV and application to several employment opportunities. The 2nd week I received an invitation to interview. The 3rd week I completed a personality questionnaire. On the last of week of February, I received an offer of employment. Praise the Lord! for His Faithfulness to provide. I started my new role in March.

Psalm 3:7
“Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God!”
Psalm 3:8
“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

How amazing and wonderful to realize that this song, recorded a few years ago, would be so meaningful and relevant to me today because I can personally relate to it’s message. This song now serves as one of my daily reminders to “Trust in the Lord” all the days of my life. My faith and love for the Lord God Almighty is deeper and stronger now than it was when I first recorded this song.

I was inspired to write this blog when Peter Vantine, the composer of this song and my collaborator, created the official video of Psalm 3 along with other videos of his solo vocal music compositions featuring my Soprano voice. Watch the video recently published on YouTube.

 

 

 

Loving You (Blog)

Loving You by Julie-Ann JoyHappy 2021! Warm Greetings to you and Wishing you a year filled with Unexpected Joy and Blessings!

Many years ago, while grieving from a broken heart, the Lord God inspired me to write Loving You to tell me He is my Provider, Protector, and Lover of my Soul. Though my future was uncertain at the time, it was the beginning of surrendering my Independent Life for God-Dependent Living.  Read the full story

In January 2018, the Lord God blessed me with an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to produce my second album “Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY!When my producer Peter Vantine suggested that I record one of my original songs, I decided to include “Loving You” in the album. I believe the Lord God wants me to share this song with the rest of the world, so that others can be inspired to love God and live a God-Dependent Life.
Mark 12:30-31

In addition to the album,Loving You” is also the first single I released as Julie-Ann Joy.

You can listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Jan. 1st and final Song Blog in (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Thank you for reading my blog and listening to my playlist.

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Here With Us

Silver Bells Song List
Silver Bells Song List

Psalm 8:3-4 says:

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

As I was looking through the “100 Most Beautiful Christmas Songs” songbook, I came across this song published in 2005 by Joy Williams, Ben Glover, and Jason Ingram. Before I even listened, I read the lyrics and it immediately touched my heart and I was overwhelmed with reverence for God’s Gift of Love. This song reveals God’s salvation plan for all mankind. Here’s my recording of “Here With Us” and I encourage you to listen with your heart, mind, and soul.

(Chorus)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah, son of God, servant King
Here with us, You’re here with us.

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 30 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Sing Joy!

Silver Bells Song List
Silver Bells Song List

This medley arrangement by Mark Hayes includes the following Christmas carols and songs:

  • Joy To The World
  • For Unto Us a Child is Born
  • O Come All Ye Faithful

The bells orchestrated into the medley by Peter Vantine, adds a majestic ring to the entire medley that weaves in the message of Christmas beautifully! Listen and reflect on the words and let them breath new life into your heart and soul.

Joy to the World the Lord is Come! Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given
And His name shall be called:
Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!

O Come all ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant
O Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and Behold Him born the King of Angels
O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 28 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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O Holy Night

Silver Bells Song List
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Early edition blog since it’s already Christmas Eve in Asia and Australia. Merry Christmas Eve! This is my recording of “O Holy Night” in music collaboration with Peter Vantine on the piano.

It was the 1st week of July in Boston when I recorded this song for my first Christmas album. While I was there, I was able to visit and catch up with my dear friends Diane, Jantina, Karen, and Tracy in between recording sessions. Fortunately, our schedules worked out so that I can be in Boston when 4th of July events were happening all over the city. We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge and I watched the 4th of July fireworks along the Charles River on the Cambridge side for the first time. Instead of Boston where I used to live.

My Mom also taught me this song when I was a young girl. She often accompanied me whenever I sang this on Christmas Eve. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow below. Happy listening!

This is the Dec. 23 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

Thank you so very much!

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Gesu Bambino

Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY! by Julie-Ann AguhobPietro Yon composed this Italian Christmas carol in 1917. And then Frederick H. Martens set his English carol “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snow” to this melody. Italian born Yon was an organist who is remembered today for his sacred music for the Roman Catholic Church. When he came to America, he settled in New York City and served as the organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1927 until his death in 1943.

Pietro Yon is considered among the most important American composers of sacred music for the Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century.

While selecting songs for my 1st Christmas album I wanted to record a variety of songs  encompassing several genres and style of music. In addition, my mother taught me this song when I was a young girl and it’s one of her favorites. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow to listen to my rendition of this Italian Christmas Carol. I hope you enjoy and like! It’s always encouraging to me when you do. Thank you.

This is the Dec. 19 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

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The Christmas Waltz

Lyricist Sammy Cahn and British-American composer and songwriter Jule Styne purposely wrote this song for American treasure – Frank Sinatra. It was first recorded in 1954 as the B-side of Frank’s new recording of “White Christmas.”
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This weekend my Christmas lights turned on. In my household, this officially begins the Christmas Season and I listen to my favorite Christmas albums all day long. As the candles are gleaming and painted candy canes, decorations, and lights adorn my Christmas tree, my home is filled with the aura of this season.

Arranged by my producer and music collaborator Peter Vantine, here’s my rendition of this lilting song in 3/4 time! If it’s not already playing, press the play button on this blog to listen. Go ahead and waltz with your loved-one while listening. I hope you enjoy and like it!

You can also listen to the entire album on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.

This is the Dec. 7 song of the day from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Merry Christmas, Darling

My Christmas Love Songs weekend series ends with one of my favorites. The lyrics were written in 1944 by Frank Pooler who was the choir director of Karen and Richard Carpenter at California State University. Richard Carpenter composed the music for this beloved Christmas ballad recorded by another American Treasure. Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY! by Julie-Ann Aguhob

As a young girl, I listened to The Carpenters and loved Karen Carpenter’s voice. When I received the Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to record my first Christmas album, I had to include one of Karen’s classic Christmas songs. This was one of the first songs on my list to record in my 1st Christmas album.

Though I’m not attempting to sound like Karen Carpenter, I am performing this song the same way as the original recording. Sit back, relax, enjoy!

If you like or love this song, please share with others or share your comments below. Thank You. This is the Dec. 13 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

Thank you so very much!

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