Flying Free

For June 4, 2022 Bob Stevens’ funeral at 10:00 am Waitsfield Church
Rehearse at 9:00 am (?) across street at Masonic Lodge

Below find:
Music to use till you get one of our purchased copies
Recordings from YouTube groups
Hymns that will be sung at the service

The MRC library has purchased copies of this piece we will sing at the funeral June 4
The copies here are available only for rehearsal.
They are copyrighted and you should not keep them.
You can pick up a legal MRC copy at Tempest Book Shop or at the rehearsal.

Flying Free   Don Besig

There is a place I call my own
Where I can stand by the sea
And look beyond the things I’ve known
And dream that I might be free
 Like a bird above the trees
Gliding gently on the breeze .
I wish that all my life I’d be without a care and flying free.

But life is not a distant sky
Without a cloud without rain.
And I can never hope that I can travel on without pain.
Time goes swiftly on its way .
All too soon we’ve lost today.
I can not wait for skies of blue
Or dream so long that life is through .

So life’s a song that I must sing
A gift of love I must share
And when I see the joy it brings
My spirit soars to the air
Like the bird up in the sky
Life has taught me how to fly
And now I know what I can be
And now my heart is flying free

Audio Files you can click to play or right click three dots on right to download to your device.
We have sung it two or three times in the past with flute, but probably not this time.

Southhampton University Choir piano
Cornwall Community Choir flute/piano

Woo Lam Secondary School, lauded by Don Besig flute/piano

Solo Nancy Price (composer Don
Besig’s partner) flute piano

Click the dark oval Download button just above this,, or the printer symbol in the upper right of this image to download the 9 pages sheet music. (Better scan coming soon.)

The following hymns are part of Bob Steven’s funeral service, and if Mad River Chorale members can be familiar with them, we can help the attendees by singing from our places in the pews, perhaps at the back, to help out.
Below the sheet music are recordings of Psalm 121, On Eagles’ Wings and May the Road Rise. Psalm 121 is a popular psalm to be sung, most often by the Scottish Dundee tune. I have not been able to find a recording of this tune by John Bacchus Dykes (famous for other hymns as well, like Holy Holy Holy). So I quick recorded it on my phone- well enough for MRC singers to learn it.

Psalm 121 (tune- Dykes Beatitudo)
On Eagle’s Wings Piano flute solo voice (Joncas)
On Eagle’s Wings Guitar solo voice (Joncas)
Parting- May the Road Mars Hill College Choir
Parting May the Road Organized Chaos Quartet