We are all too often carried away by the complexities of modern music production and arrangements, and drawn away from the simplicity of both a song lyric and melody. The purpose of a song is, after all, to draw lyric and music into a partnership and deliver a singular, powerful message. When a song does this, it becomes our song, our anthem, our community script for things we previously lacked the ability to say well together.
As Advent Season is upon us, I had the opportunity to hear a beautiful song that so perfectly punctuates the clarity of this season it instantly captured my heart in worship. Through the song I was drawn up in waiting, in desire and returned powerfully to the coming kingship of the Christ as the song became my declaration of preparation for Emmanuel. Because the song is so poignant and timely, I asked the writer, Darrell Harris, if I could share it with others. He graciously consented, and so I am delighted to present his song "As We Wait" below for you.
Simple, yearning, stark- its a delightful song in the hopeful pattern of the advent season. Feel free to use this resource. Below are three links: the mp3 audio demonstration, a basic PDF leadsheet, and the PDF SATB sheet music. If you choose to use this song, please respect the request of the authors and record any usage of this song in your regular CCLI reports.
As We Wait
by Darrell Harris & Tyra Neftzger
© 2011 Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc. and Petaluma Music ASCAP. ALLRIGHTS RESERVED
- Listening Audio Demonstration (Download MP3)
- Basic Lead Sheet (Download PDF)
- SATB Sheet Music (Download PDF)
Again, a heartfelt "Thank you" to Darrell Harris for sharing his fine song for the blessing of the broader church!
With you in Hope