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Encouraging people around the world since 1991 !!






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.

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Ralph Merrifield songs

Note:  These files contain karaoke lyrics as well

Amazing Grace Round

Ask, Seek, Knock

Blessed Is The Man

But Seek First The Kingdom

By Your Abundant Love

Christ Has Risen From The Grave

Create In Me


Doxology Round

For God So Loved The World

For I Know

God Is Everywhere

God Made You

Have You Ever Heard...?

Heal Me

Hear, O Israel: The Lord

Help Me To Appreciate

Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 1)
Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 2)

How Blessed Is The Man

How Precious Is Your Love

How Sweet Are Your Words

I Am An Ax

I Am Satisfied (with Johan Komrij)

I Have Loved You

I Love You, Lord

I Meditate On Your Precepts

I Wait For The Lord

I Was Glad

If You Love Me

I'm A Child Of The King

In Every Single Situation

In My Father's Hands

Into The Darkness

Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem

Jesus Wept

Jesus, You're The Way

John 3:16 Round

Lead Me To The Rock

Let Love And Faithfulness

Let Our Adventure Begin

Let Your Light Shine

Like A Circle

Like A Circle (God's Love)

Like A Seed

Like Newborn Babies

Make Your Way Clearer

May God Be Gracious

Mealtime Prayer (Grace)

More Of You Lord

Not By Might

Oh What A Sight

On This Your Birthday

Open My Eyes

Our Welcome Song

Paul Planted

Peace I Give To You

Pleasures Forevermore

Praise The Lord All Nations

Remember Me

Romans 4: 19-22

Romans 6:23 Round

Seek The Lord

Seek Ye First The Kingdom

Sleep, Dear Loved One

Sleep, Sweet Sarah

So Long Ago, In Bethlehem

Some Boast In Chariots

Sow With A View To Righteousness

Sun and Shield Round

That Ye Might Walk

The Lord Is Compassionate

The Word Of The Lord

These Are Written

This Is His Commandment

To The Quiet Town Of Bethlehem (with Johan Komrij)

We Are Called - piano
We Are Called - organ

We Are Free

We Do Not Cease To Pray For You

We Love You, Lord

We Remember

We Serve A God

We're The King's Kids

"When I Survey" Round

"When I Survey" Round (SATB)

Who May Ascend

Wonderful Couns'lor, Rod Of Jesse

Worthy Of Our Praise

You Are My Shepherd

You Are Of God

Yours Is The Day (SATB)

You can hear and download hundreds of additional
Bob Sorem MIDI arrangements at these wonderful sites

Bob's MIDI Hymn Site
(includes dozens of New Hope Music songs!)

Bob's MIDI Christmas Site

Bob's Web Site


Visit our Karaoke Video Page


"Chris Has Risen From The Grave" Copyright Ralph Merrifield and Daisy Augustine.

All other 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
50+ more New Hope songs!

Ralph Merrifield's E-mail

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.


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