School Songs

by Brent Holl

Released 2017
Beatin' Path Publications LLC
Released 2017
Beatin' Path Publications LLC
Folk songs by Phyllis Gaskins about reading, science, and social studies for children.
NOTES
Phyllis Gaskins wrote these songs (The Habitat Song was written by Jill Leaman) to help teach her second grade students about social studies, geography, reading, and science. She found that singing about the water cycle, or about Native American nations helped the children remember important concepts while having fun singing along!

The songs are performed by Brent Holl, folk singer and former teacher as well. He uses acoustic guitar, melodica, all manner of special percussion …
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Blessed Are...

by Brent Holl

Released 2016
Shen Fine Music
Released 2016
Shen Fine Music
A collection of songs and hymns used for Children's Church programs with the kids of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren in Virginia.
NOTES
While driving my 4 year old granddaughter to pre-school in New Orleans, I put on the song Moses, Moses (track 5) which was in production at the time. Little Miriam immediately began to sing the refrain and then to pepper my wife and I with questions about the story of Moses. We happily complied and began to listen to the song over and over and over at Miriam's request, a delightful memory.

Moses, Moses is just one …
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Hymns for the Young in Spirit

by Brent Holl

Released 2012
Shen Fine Music
Released 2012
Shen Fine Music
Songs for the young in heart and spirit played on acoustic instruments with sweet vocal harmony.
NOTES
Hymns for the Young in Spirit is a project inspired by my work with the children of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren in Bridgewater, Virginia. Over a period of several years, I've worked with the Children's Church program, the children's choirs and the Orff ensemble at the church.

The songs are arranged in acoustic folk style and feature several of my musical friends helping out as guest musicians. The highlight of the CD for …
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Hymns and Songs of the Brethren

by Brent Holl

Released 2006
Shen Fine Music
Released 2006
Shen Fine Music
Hymns and songs from the Brethren/Mennonite Hymnal arranged for 12 string acoustic guitar, string band and vocals.
NOTES
Several years ago, I was invited to help provide creative music resources to the
worship services with my local congregation of Brethren. Intrigued by the
opportunity to seek new forms of expression, I explored the Brethren/Mennonite hymnal (Hymnal: A Worship Book: Pew Edition
Brethren Press, Faith & Life Press, Mennonite Publishing House. 1992)
for innovative and inspirational songs and hymns.

During my exploration, I found multi-national folk songs, Gregorian chants,
traditional church hymns and contemporary tunes. …
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Hymns for a Baby Boy

by Brent Holl

Released 2008
Shen Fine Music
Released 2008
Shen Fine Music
Hymns and Songs from the Brethren/Mennonite tradition with Celtic influence done in acoustic folk guitar style.
NOTES
Christmas hymns from The Hymnal: A Worship Book and some selected songs.

To follow my first CD, Hymns and Songs of the Brethren, I focused on songs emphasizing the birth (and life) of Jesus. Many songs are from The Hymnal: A Worship Book (the Brethren/Mennonite hymnal) plus several songs from the Hymnal Supplement are included. “Three Kings” by Robbie O’Connell, “Bread and Fishes” by Andy Bell, and “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” …
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