Skip to main content

Jazz Psalms, now Psalms Reborn, is a project within a vision much larger than originally imagined by Chuck Marohnic in 2011.  The WORD Reborn In Modern Music includes the one hundred and fifty Psalms Reborn compositions along with nine new songs from the Beatitudes Reborn Project added in 2020. In future, The Word Reborn In Modern Music will include many Parables of Christ. Stay-Tuned because Chuck has more in store for you. Read on to learn more about Psalms Reborn's "BEGINNINGS." 
Explore the Psalms Resources here.

Explore Music and More

Explore all charts & tracks. Each arrangement package includes full score and/or lead sheet, with individual instruments, one or more mp3 demo versions (some suitable for accompaniment).

Need help finding just the right Psalm?  Use this search tool to identify Psalms by title, style, skill level and Psalmic theme.  Click on "style" descriptions to see a sheet music preview for each song. Try our ADVANCED PSALM SEARCH TOOL
Or see the NUMBER QUICK SEARCH

Check out the latest music videos from Psalms Reborn!  Some are from Church worship events and fundraisers, others were shot during the studio recordings, and still others are more "conceptual." 

THE PSALMS REBORN ENCOUNTER 
A 16-song collection showcasing the wide variety of musical styles of Psalms Reborn.  Featuring vocalists Tom BoothCarol Rogers and many others.

PSALMS REBORN WITH CAROL ROGERS
Vocalist Carol Rogers and composer/pianist Chuck Marohnic have teamed up to create a remarkable CD, featuring twelve original songs inspired by the Psalms.

PSALMS REBORN WITH CARL HERRGESELL
Vocalist Carl Herrgesell teams up with Chuck Marohnic to create this CD featuring thirteen original songs inspired by the Book of Psalms.

Psalms Reborn features musical artists and guest vocalists who offer their talents to the glory of God. Meet some of them here.

Listen Online

Beginnings...

In the summer of 2011 I came upon the idea of composing original music for the Book of Psalms.  The Book of Psalms was written 3000 years ago by King David, Asaph, his musical director and the sons of Korah who were working under David.  Asaph, while not getting much recognition, functioned much like Billy Strayhorn did for Duke Ellington.

One morning while meditating on Psalm 27 and using the ancient technique of Lectio Divina where one slowly repeats a Scripture passage,  I began to hear the text in musical terms.  The music of rhythm and melody emerged and I decided to follow composer's instincts and and write it down.  This led to a full blown composition.  Now 3 1/2 years later I have completed 108 of 150 of the psalms.

Chuck MarohnicI first began composing music in 1966 while working with the legendary jazz trumpet/sax player Ira Sullivan in Miami, Fl. Most compositions would begin with a sound from the piano, a chord progression, melodic fragment or a rhythmic idea. The Jazz Psalms always begin with the sacred text of the psalm.  I work with Music Serving the Word Ministries, Scottsdale, AZ. The name of the ministry clearly states the mission to "serve the Word". Through the practice of Lectio Divina,  a particular phrase or word will stand out and become the seed of musical thought. From there, the text is extracted, form is decided and musical style reveals itself and the necessary steps to composition completion. The result is a sort of snapshot of the theme of the psalm.  It is important to realize that the Jazz Psalms are just a reflection of one of the multiple themes of the psalms .  The Psalms are complex and often long and not easily ready for jazz composition.

The Jazz Psalms (now Psalms Reborn) are songs, written in the language of modern music with various styles and ensembles that are meant to be sung as were the original psalms written by King David and his musical staff.  In fact, the Book of Psalms is the only book of the Holy Bible that is musical.  The intention of the Jazz Psalms is to lead people to discover the richness of the original Book of Psalms considered to be the prayer of the church.

Suffice to say that the Jazz Psalms Project and the gift of the Book of Psalms has led me to the most spiritually fulfilling endeavor of my life.  It is truly a gift from God and I invite you to share in this experience by listening to this work at Music Serving the Word.

Blessings, Chuck  (BEGINNINGS  cmarohnic blog 03/2015) 

Share this page
Facebook
Twitter
Email
Add to favorites
Contact us

Mailing:
P.O. Box 72408
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Phone: (480) 575-1303
Email: info@msw.org

admin login

Music Serving the Word is an outreach of MSW Ministries is a 501 (c) 3 organization 

Powered by Sitebuilder