Encouraging saints around the world since 1991 !!
MIDI & KARAOKE
Born 1949. Grew up
on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota.
Played tuba in school band from 4th-12th grade. Had a few accordion
lessons at about age 10, then later self-taught the accordion,
piano and organ. Played tuba with several polka bands before joining the Navy in 1970.
Family were not strong
church-goers, but my sisters sang in the choir at the country
Methodist Church near us, and I got my first exposure to sacred music this way.
My mother played piano, and even gave lessons, but not in my recollection. I used to
beg her to play a couple of my favorites whenever she was at the
keyboard, but arthritis took away her abilities when she was only in her 40s.
After a short Navy career
in electronics, I worked first in
electronic instrument calibration, and then as a computer programmer. My interest in
music was always present, and I played keyboards well enough to perform for a
few weddings, funerals, and other functions. When I discovered the MIDI world, my two
great interests came together wonderfully. After becoming disabled in 1999,
I have more or less dedicated myself to this pursuit. Active in my church from the
time I joined the Navy until ... about the same time I became disabled.
I live alone (in a northern Minneapolis suburb) and have few responsibilities,
so I enjoy helping others via the internet. I feel blessed to
have the God-given gift of music appreciation and a smattering of talent.
Left click on any link below to hear the MIDI.
Right click and "Save
to download the file your computer.
Ralph Merrifield songs
Note: These files contain karaoke lyrics as well
Amazing Grace Round
By Your Abundant Love
Christ Has Risen From The Grave
God Is Everywhere
God Made You
Have You Ever Heard...?
Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 1)
Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 2)
How Blessed Is The Man
I Am An Ax
I Am Satisfied (with Johan Komrij)
I Have Loved You
I Love You, Lord
I Wait For The Lord
I Was Glad
In My Father's Hands
Into The Darkness
Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem
Jesus, You're The Way
Let Your Light Shine
Like A Seed
Make Your Way Clearer
May God Be Gracious
More Of You Lord
Not By Might
Oh What A Sight
On This Your Birthday
Peace I Give To You
Praise The Lord All Nations
Sleep, Dear Loved One
Sleep, Sweet Sarah
and Shield Round
The Word Of The Lord
To The Quiet Town Of Bethlehem (with Johan Komrij)
We Are Called
We Are Called - organ
We Are Free
We Love You, Lord
We Serve A God
We're The King's Kids
Who May Ascend
Wonderful Couns'lor, Rod Of Jesse
Worthy Of Our Praise
You Are My Shepherd
Is The Day
You can hear and download hundreds of
Bob Sorem MIDI arrangements at these wonderful sites
(includes dozens of New Hope Music songs!)
Bob's MIDI Christmas Site
Bob's Web Site
Visit our Karaoke Video Page
All songs copyright Ralph Merrifield
New Hope Music, PO Box 1612, Westboro MA 01581
You have our encouragement and permission
to duplicate and share these song for all "not-for-profit" purposes
(web site background, recordings, corporate worship, give-away copies).
Please contact New Hope for other uses. Thanks !!!
If any of you have the
time and resources
to create MIDI files,
I'm looking for people to help arrange
100+ more New Hope songs!
My general approach for background/accompaniment MIDIs is
1) Use a brief Intro
2) Keep the melody out front, but the accompaniment interesting enough to support it. Descants, countermelodies and a variety of instruments are fun!
3) Have sufficient repeats to cover all verses. OK to use an occasional, brief interlude between verses.
4) When appropriate, repeat the chorus at the end.
5) A simple ending after the last verse/chorus helps wrap things up...
Yes, it's a very basic approach, but these MIDIs serve well as backgrounds on our web sites, and as accompaniment in group singing around the world. They are also popping up all around the Internet!
Other types of arrangements of our songs are encouraged (classical, jazz, SATB), and each finds its place in our web sites.
Want to use our MIDIs on your web site ?
Karaoke version of some NHM MIDIs
New Hope Music MIDI page
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