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Jim Strathdee

Jim Strathdee
Short Name: Jim Strathdee
Full Name: Strathdee, Jim, 1941-
Birth Year: 1941

Many of the songs of Jim Strathdee (b. 1941) represent an important part of this genre. Mr. Strathdee and his wife, Jean, are performing artists whose concerts reach thousands of people each year. They say their songs "are a musical offering of hope and encouragement for all people, bringing a message of compassion, justice and healing."

The Strathdees' ministry was centered for many years at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Calif., where they were directors of music. Since August 2006 they have been "in ministry to the church-at-large."

The congregational nature of many of their songs springs from their connection with this church. Their concert attendees are invited to participate as singers, not just observers. This "sing-along" quality is another important gift from those who compose and perform in the folk stream.

"What does the Lord require of you?" is a Scripture song based on Micah 6:8. The three interlocking melodies form a quodlibet on the text.

This is an unassuming song that may be easily learned by a gathering, giving each of three vocal sections its own part. When singing this song, the congregation feels like a choir. As each section learns its part, they not only hear a beautiful harmony emerge, but also internalize the meaning of this text -- a verse that describes the ethical responsibility of the follower of God.

The Strathdees "treasure the musical heritage of the Christian Church and see their work never to replace this tradition, but to enrich it." The musical idioms embodied in their songs represent a variety of styles including folk, rock, jazz and international musical idiom accompanied with guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica and African drums.

The result is music with a wide range of emotional diversity, from prayerful to playful. While their spiritual roots are among United Methodists, ecumenical and interfaith settings are at the heart of the Strathdees' ministry.

Their music has been sung on six continents and appears in many hymnals. They recently finished their 17th CD, "STAND for what is right." The Strathdees often minister in Central America, where they have ties to many churches and sing in Spanish.


Texts by Jim Strathdee (18)sort descendingAsInstances
Come, let us sing to the Lord our songJim Strathdee (Author)3
Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin'Jim Strathdee (Author)3
God, we praise you for the morningJim Strathdee (Author)2
Hosanna, hosanna, Hosanna, hosanna (Strathdee)Jim Strathdee (Author)2
In loving partnership we comeJim Strathdee (Author)4
Look at the sky aboveJim Strathdee, 1941- (Author)2
Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart (Strathdee)Jim Strathdee (Author)4
Open our hearts, open our minds (Ouvre nos oeurs, ouvre os pensées)Jim Strathdee (Author)2
Our Father in heaven, holy is your nameJim Strathdee (Author)2
Send your Holy SpiritJim Strathdee (Author)2
The Lord bless and keep you (Strathdee)Jim Strathdee (Author)3
[The Spirit of the Lord (Strathdee)]Jim Strathdee (Author)2
We are a wilderness wandering peopleJim Strathdee (Author)2
We have this ministryJim Strathdee (Author)3
What does the Lord require of you? (Strathdee)Jim Strathdee (Author)7
What does the Lord require of you? What does the Lord require of you?Jim Strathdee (Author)1
When pain of the world surrounds usJim Strathdee (Author)4
When the song of the angels is stilledJim Strathdee (Author)7
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