Playing in Puerto Rico

March 21, 2015
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My Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday, I am playing at la Iglesia Evangélica Unida (United Evangelical Church), in Rio Piedras, PR.  Rio Piedras is part of the Greater San Juan area.  I feel honored to be playing in the church where my cousin, the late Rev. Juan Antonio Franco, used to preach. Among the songs I will.. read more →

How Good, Lord, To Be Here!

February 10, 2015
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Brothers and Sisters, ELW 315 (LBW 89) is a popular hymn for Transfiguration Sunday.  I have always loved the text,  but the setting never spoke to me.  If you like the old setting, may it continue to bless you.  If you’d like to try something new, my new setting is a type of contemporary Cuban.. read more →

To Our Grandchild: Fruit of the Fruit of Our Love

December 8, 2014
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Brothers and Sisters, My life recently changed.  My wife’s life changed, too.  We became grandparents!  Our lovely daughter, Elise, and wonderful son-in-law, John, gave us an absolutely adorable granddaughter, Mila Gabriela,  whose presence in the word inspired the song, “Fruit of the Fruit of Our Love.”  The lyrics and piano vocal score are available on this site:.. read more →

Children at the Border – Lead Sheet and Piano Vocal Score now available

August 4, 2014
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Brothers and Sisters, I was blessed to be the musician in residence for the Summer Missionary Conference of the ELCA which was held in Naperville, Il this past July.  Actually, I’ve been blessed to be the musician for this event for the last dozen years or so, and it is always one of the highlights.. read more →

Children at the Border

August 1, 2014
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Brothers and Sisters, I just finished a song which reflects on the current border crisis with refugee children.  The lead sheet (melody, lyrics and chords) is now available for download on this web site.  Click on “sheet music.”  It is free for congregational use, and to anyone who supports the cause. Peblejah! – Dr. Abe read more →

Chinese Gongs Ring in Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church

April 18, 2014
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Because We Are One – Disaster Relief Song

May 25, 2013
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This is a rehearsal of the Mt.Mary College choir preparing for a Haitian relief event.   read more →

“All Are Welcome! Feel the Spirit! Eight World Music Choral Anthems for Youth, Adults and Congregation” is now available!

May 18, 2013
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Exciting news!  The spiral bound edition of the book and CD can be ordered online or purchased locally at several locations in Milwaukee, including White House of Music and Netzow’s Pianos, both in Wauwatosa The paperback edition can be also be ordered online or through any retail book store.  Please visit the store on our.. read more →

New Collection of Choral Anthems, “All Are Welcome! Feel The Spirit!”

September 6, 2012
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My Brothers and Sisters, IT’S FINISHED! My new collection consists of eight anthems for youth, adults and congregation. This collection of flexible mixed voice anthems provides opportunities for children, youth, and adults to participate in fun, intergenerational music making. Together with the congregation, the entire worshiping body contributes to the musical offering. These choral works.. read more →

First entry to World House Music blog!

August 27, 2012
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My Brothers and Sisters! Welcome to the World House Music blog!  This is my very first entry, and as I learn how to use this, I will be communicating with you regarding recent activities, compositions, performances and more!  Let me start with an explanation of my sign off,  “Peblejah!” For years my traditional sign off.. read more →