My Complete Christian Lyric & Lead Sheet Songbook
After I heard the Beatles sing I Wanna Hold Your Hand on the radio in 1964, I started to write lyrics. As soon as I could, I acquired my first six-stringed guitar, and began to set my lyrics to music. Later, I switched to a twelve-stringed guitar since I liked its more mellow quality. Now, fifty-odd years later, I've written close to 1000 songs and composed music for over half of them.
I took music theory and a couple of years of piano and singing lessons when I was a child, but I'm basically self-taught. From 1965 to 1973, I sang my songs--as well as top ten hit parade songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s--in public parks, private parties, on radio and television, in hotel lounges, restaurants, and anywhere that people who wanted music were willing to invite me.
In December 1973, I became a Christian. I began to write Christian songs, and soon began to sing my music, as well as lead praise and worship, in various denominations and congregations--Full Gospel, Pentecostal, Catholic Charismatic, Anglican, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, Baptist, and others--and in various Christian coffee houses, at Bible studies, and other spiritual venues until 1987.
This book contains the majority of my Christian music written between 1973 and 1990.
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