May 6 program at White Plains United Methodist Church featured two songs by Dr. Abe
The event called, Connecting the Dots: Community, Justice and Joy, was a fund raiser for the Appalachian Service Project, a ministry to assist one of the most economically challenged areas of the region. The celebration featured an outstanding performance of the local Viva Mexico Mariachi which played many of the favorite traditional tunes of the Mexican repertoire. In addition, two of my songs were sung, Connect the Dots and a mariachi setting of Psalm 99.
Connect the Dots is a fun, reggae tune which suggests in lyrics and dance movements that we need to connect the dots of a community of justice and joy to see the whole picture of God’s kingdom on earth.
In 2017, I was commissioned by the ELCA Tri-Synodical Conference in Texas to compose a setting of Psalm 99 for the 500th year of the Reformation. Since the event was taking place in Texas, I decided to set it as Tex/Mex corrido scored for mariachi. The 2017 premier of Psalm 99-Salmo 99 was played in Texas with a local band and was enthusiastically received. But I was thrilled to hear it on Saturday played by a full live mariachi band! The event was videotaped so I’ll post it when I get it.