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JIM BARNES

Jazz musician Jim E. Barnes offers solos with fresh and innovative harmonies, a departure from traditional church music, coupled with lovely and accessible melodies. Melding the new with the traditional, his song lyrics include well- known Bible stories and classic spiritual poetry.

Sheet Music in the Category: VOCAL SOLOS

Come Thou Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary in style with some jazz harmonies. Moderate in difficulty for the soloist with a bit more work for the accompanist. The contours of the melody reflect the meaning of the words. The words make a wonderful alternative to the usual seven poems. Words: Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p. 36. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2008 Jim E. Barnes.

He Gave Them Sight Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary with some interesting harmonies. Moderate for the singer, more work for the accompanist. A Bible story solo with many moods. Words: Jim E. Barnes, adapted from Mark 10: 46-52. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2002.

Hope Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary, innovative chording. Moderate difficulty. The tempo is very free, allowing the singer to use his or her feelings about the words to dictate the tempo, giving the solo a reflective quality. This is a beautiful, wonderful poem to add to the seven we customarily use. Words: Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p. 43. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2004 Jim E. Barnes.

Insight at Bethesda Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary, some interesting harmonies. Moderate difficulty. This is set to a poem by Jim’s daughter, Kathryn M. Barnes. Using the Bible story, the Healing at the Pool of Bethesda, as a starting point, she presents a contemplative view of a person’s thoughts before AND after a healing. It has a very agitated opening, then a flowing ending reflecting the 'before' and 'after.' Words: Kathryn M. Barnes. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2001 Jim E. Barnes.

Jacob at Peniel Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary with innovative harmonies. Moderate difficulty. A long solo with many different moods as is common with Bible stories. The solo opens with a verse by Jim about the story, then has adapted words from the Bible, and ends with another verse from Jim summing up the story. Words: Jim E. Barnes, adapted from the Bible. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2002.

Perfect Man Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary, some innovative harmonies. Moderate difficulty. Narrative solo with multiple moods to tell the Bible story, building to a strong ending; includes a paraphrase from S&H in addition to the Biblical words. Words: Jim E. Barnes, adapted from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2000.

Rise Up, Stand Tall, and Walk Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Contemporary music with a good melody. Not difficult to sing; a bit more work for the accompanist. Some innovative harmonies. Jim Barnes wrote a wonderful poem on this Bible story, 2 verses with repeat. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2001 Jim E. Barnes. Words: Poem rendition of Acts 3: 1-12.

Upward Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Fresh with some jazz harmonies. Moderate difficulty. Quiet and gentle, reflective of the words. The words make a wonderful alternative to the usual seven poems. Words: Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p. 18. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2004 Jim E. Barnes.

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BIOGRAPHY

Jim E. Barnes graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in composition and piano; he also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. He played piano with large dance bands and small combos all through college and wrote 4-part male vocal arrangements in the then-popular Four Freshman style. He served over twenty years with the government before forming his own hotel consulting company, which he still heads.

In addition to having served in various leadership capacities as well as being a soloist, Jim is currently coordinator of the church’s Music Committee. Selecting solos based on scriptural selections in each week’s Bible Lesson, he has found many opportunities to add to the existing music library. In collaboration with Susan Lindquist, eight solos have been completed, and they have plans for many more.

Courtesy of Jim’s jazz background these solos have fresh and innovative harmonies, a departure from the traditional fare, coupled with lovely and accessible melodies.

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