plain chant

Journey To The Past [Keith]
Journey To The Past [Keith]

i was thinking about “Journey to the past” from Anastasia and just had to do a cover of it for keith + voltron. but here’s an interesting catch: you’re gonna press play and it won’t be what you expect (what the quiznak is that doing in Anatasia, Iz?!) but stick with me just wait for it.

because i was listening to the original arrangement/instrumental and thought considering the journey Keith is on and what he’s been through, what we’ve seen him harbouring and enduring alone, maybe we could take a different approach.

So today I reworked the original, orchestrated this from scratch and out popped this version. you can listen to the instrumental version without vocals here.


Feet don’t fail me now
Courage don’t desert me
Don’t turn back now that we’re here…

CLEANER MIX HERE [new version i couldn’t replace the audio!]

orchestration notes & lyrics below:

Keep reading

Only the library angel knew
in which holy books the seeds were hid
that year they started cutting the tongues
out of the heads of the blasphemers.
One girl, a virgin, made a plain chant:
all those who heard took solace and drew
close; and we who can still speak are bid
sing it out at the top of our lungs,
seed syllables of the earth’s dreamers.
—  Paula Meehan, “The Syllables,” Geomatic

Memorare, a plain chant rendition of the popular Marian prayer traditionally attributed to St Bernard of Clairvaux.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


This is the beginning of that setting of the parce Domine I came up with at work last night, harmonised Gregorian chant.

This is a whole lot more contemporary sounding than anything else I’ve posted here before.I wanted to do something sort of like what Durufle and Dupre did, I don’t think harmonised chant is done as often as it was back in France a couple decades ago. The only other modern example I can think of is Leo Nestor’s Rorate Caeli.

Since this chant is in mode 1, I want to throw in part of the actual mode 1 psalm tone in it, and maybe some throwbacks to appropriate mode 1 chants from other sources.


Duxerunt Pullum ad Jesum (Liturgie du diocèse d'Auxerrre) performed by Ensemble Organum

Sub tuum praesidium
Sub tuum praesidium

Sub tuum praesidium, the oldest known prayer to Mary. This plain chant redition is sung by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our needs, but from all dangers deliver us always, Virgin glorious and blessed.