Monday, December 05, 2011

05 Allen Pote - A Reason To Rejoice





This musical by Allen Pote and Carole McCann (who just passed away this September) dates from 1976, and apparently still gets performed by youth choirs today. There don't seem to be any other recordings of it (based on an admittedly brief google search). Here it is performed by The Joyful Noise, a group of high school singers formed by Pote in Houston, TX.

The composers describe this musical as "mov[ing] through lyrical melodies to the upbeat rhythms of today." Though the Sex Pistols released their first album in 1976, don't expect any of those kind of "upbeat rhythms" from '76 - it's strictly soft rock as the upper limit of upbeat. The use of flute gives it a feel of the more pastoral Jethro Tull moments at times. The finale gives us a bit of tamborine-driven Fifth Dimension-ish pop/soul (and a short drum solo).


Allen Pote - A Reason To Rejoice

Hallelujah (Kristen Philbrook and Tom Merrill, soloists)
All Things Bright and Beautiful
The Song of Advent (Mike Lazo, soloist)
Is This The Savior?
Mary's Lullaby (Kristen Philbrook, soloist)
Teach Us, O Lord
I Am The Vine (Kirby Lee, soloist)
Easter Song
A New Law In The Land
A Reason To Rejoice

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