Be Thou My Vision

Phoebe at the Window

I’ve added a spiritual category to blog-a-song!  From time to time I will upload video and audio of songs I’ve written, or that I love, about God who is such an integral part of my existence!

Here’s a flip video of my rendition of the ancient celtic hymn, Be Thou My Vision (lyrics are below the video).  I couldn’t resist including a clip at the end of Phoebe chiming in – in perfect timing at that!  So make sure you wait for the 2nd ending.  As she looks out the window she reminds me of myself expecting a visit from the Lord.  I hear a stirring and I get up to see who is there.  I can imagine myself opening the door and letting Jesus in – his presence fills the room – my heart – with peace, love and a reminder that all is well as I reach toward his guidance. 


BE THOU MY VISION (Ancient Celtic Hymn / Public Domain)

Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart / Naught be all else to me save that Thou art / Thou my best thought by day or by night / Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true Word / I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord / Thou my Father and I Thy true son / Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not nor man’s empty praise / Thou mine inheritance now and always / Thou and Thou only, first in my heart / High King of Heaven my treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven my victory won / May I reach Heaven’s joys O bright Heaven’s son / Heart of my own heart whatever befall / Still be my vision O Ruler of All  


New Ridge Band

Check out our New Ridge video! We played at The Cherry Festival in Emmett last weekend and Stan did a Flip of a few of our songs! (Thanks HK!)

I’m pleased to announce that New Ridge Band is beyond fixin’ to go public, we are now available for booking.  We are an eclectic blend of original contemporary folk, traditional folk and light bluegrass with a touch of western and classic covers.

Our group features rhythm and lead acoustic guitars, mandolin, key board and electric bass. Our lead and harmony vocals give new life to a variety of fun, toe-tapping familiar songs while illuminating our unique originals.

Available for coffee houses, easy listening venues or private events.

I will be posting songs here too, but you can also visit our myspace page for a sample of our music –

Sher Brodoski aka Emily Wilkins (see pic, left) Sher is one of the songwriters of New Ridge, singing lead and harmony vocals and playing guitar.  She brings to the group a collection of bluegrass and traditional folk, hidden gems she’s discovered along the way.  Her originals songs evoke strong western imagery.
Wendy Matson (see pic, right) Wendy is another songwriter of New Ridge, singing lead and harmony vocals and playing guitar and mandolin.  Wendy is an engaging story teller of the best tradition who blends folk, blues, jazz, rock and country into a sound that’s all her own.
Wesley Steele (see pic, obviously the guy!) Wes, the bass player and cellist of the group, has a rich musical history that reaches back to the 60’s.  He has performed in jazz, rock and classical genres not to mention that he’s played and recorded in bands with well known artists such as TC and Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead and Chicken Hirsch from Country Joe and the Fish – to name a few!
Nancy Kelly – another New Ridge songwriter, sings lead and harmony vocals, and plays piano.  Her music is layered with piano folk, hints of jazz and whispers of classical.  She’s been honing her craft since age 17.  Her song ‘New Ridge’ was the inspiration for the band name.

New Ridge Band pic