The Music of Keith Miller

Few of my songs have ever been heard outside the small circle of my church and friends, which seemed to me to be something of a shame (you might disagree). In any case, I figured that I really ought to make an effort to share them more widely, and this page is the result.

In some cases, you can listen to a recording
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Don't expect an award winning performance - I have neither the voice nor the recording technology - however, if you like what you hear, please feel free to share it, subject to the very modest restrictions described at the foot of this page. If you reckon you could make a better job of recording any of them, please go ahead - I'd be delighted to hear the result.

Above all, enjoy them, and please listen to the message. That is what these songs are all about.
Amen To That -  My great grandfather, Aaron Barnes, was a local preacher in the Methodist ChurchAaron Barnes for over 60 years. He died when I was about 7, so I never heard him preach, but I vividly remember how he used to sit in church, proclaiming "Amen" frequently and enthusiastically throughout the service. At the time, I (along with the rest of the Sunday School) thought he was absolutely "barking" (and, secretly, I think most of us were just a little scared of him), and it was several years before I came to realise that he knew exactly what he was about ... and he probably knew his bible better than most of the preachers. This song is the story of Great-Grandad Aaron, and contemplates the changing pattern of worship over the years. Listen
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Bitsa Rag - This instrumental piece is pretty much "what it says on the tin", a collection of bits and pieces that never quite became a song. So instead, I put them together into a sort of ragtime piece. Listen out for a passing classical reference to Greig (well, almost). Listen
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Bricks And Mortar - On Boxing Day 2008, Hollington Methodist Church was gutted by fire. This was the church that I grew up with, where generations of my family worshipped. It is true to say that the church is the people, and the building is only bricks and mortar, but neverthless buildings such as this hold precious memories for many people. This song was inspired as I stood inside the blackened shell of the chapel just days after the fire. The air was still heavy with the stench of smoke, but for me, the overpowering sensation was that of the prayers of generations still working in this place. The chapel has since closed, but its legacy lives on. Listen
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(The) ChaseThis is what comes of too much involvement in panto! It started off as a simple piano piece to accompany a camel chase in a Christmas musical (what else?). Subsequently, I clearly had too much time on my hands, and it seemed like a good idea to add a few sound effects. Apart from helicopters, dogs, telephones and miscellaneous other noises, listen out for contributions from J.F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis and Martin Luther King. Approximately two minutes of utter mayhem.Listen
Final Moments - This song tries to paint a picture of the final moments of the life of Christ, as he hangs on the cross at Calvary. The words offer no new insights nor any surprises, but I hope that the mood of the piece will help listeners to enter into this extra-ordinary event, which can be easily taken for granted as a result of over-familiarity. Video
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Fit To Burst - One of my earliest attempts at song writing. I wouldn't describe it as accomplished, but I guess that it does portray something of the excitement of new-found faith. Sheet music
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Food For Thought (or the life and reminiscences of a recently departed and much loved Brussel Sprout) - Not a song, but a poem. There is a serious message in here somewhere, but I sometimes wonder what planet I was on when I wrote it.Listen
Foolishness - "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1, v18).
This song came to me so easily, that I begun to wonder whether somebody else has already written it, and I had simply recalled it from somewhere in my deep sub-concious. But no ... I don't think so.
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Harvest Hymn - These words were written by Geoffrey Etherington, a former member of our church, and the man who carved the lovely shepherd figure that can usually be found in the sanctuary area of the chapel. Discovered by his widow, some years after his death, I was asked if I could set the words to music. This turned out to be quite a challenge, since the meter changes from verse to verse. However, I did my best, and I hope that Geoffrey would approve. Sheet music
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I Am Judas - This song attempts to put into words what I think might have been going through the mind of Judas just before he hung himself. It isn't a happy song - it is a song of despair and self-loathing and yet, at its heart, there shines a tiny ray of hope, which should serve as an encouragement to any of us who have ever been guilty of betrayal. Listen
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I Got Christ (What Have You Got To Shout About?) - A great song for kids (or for adults who like to act like kids) based on Paul's assertion that he will boast in nothing but Christ crucified. Sheet music
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In All Things, Love - Written for my parents on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2003, this speaks about love and commitment - the sort that keeps two people together for 50 years (over 60 by the time that Dad died in 2015), or the boundless love of Christ and our response to it. Sheet music
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It Matters! - In simple terms, this is my Testimony in music. Brought up in the church from a very young age, and benefitting from the example of my family who have served the Church faithfully for generations, it wasn't until I did the Alpha Course in my early forties that the penny suddenly dropped. All these stories that I had been brought up with - they were actually true! The Bible isn't just a great book of stories - it is a history book too - this stuff actually happened! And consequently - "It Matters!" Sheet music
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It'll Take A Little More Than That (To Really Worry Me) - I always wanted to write a blues song, but the trouble is, to write authentic blues, you have to be really miserable, and I can never stay miserable for long enough. While trying to write a blues song, this one sort of fell out. I call it the "Unblues" and, while it doesn't have a specific message, I guess it describes my general attitude to life. Listen
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I Wanna See (The Light Of Jesus Shining Down On Me) - A "Rock 'n Roll Prayer" for the gift of the Holy Spirit - and no less sincere for the fact that it rocks. I am certain that God hears all prayers, but I just like to think that, just maybe, he enjoys tapping his feet at the same time. Sheet music
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I Want To Follow Jesus - Partly inspired by a story entitled "A Tandem Ride With God." It could easily be sub-titled "be careful what you ask for." You really shouldn't sing the chorus unless you
a) really mean it, or
b) are trying to convince yourself that you really mean it.
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Look For The Best - A simple little ditty that contains a powerful truth. Sadly, many people are conditioned to look for the worst in other people. But the fact is, if you can recondition yourself to look only for the best, you'll generally find it. And that not only makes you feel better about them, but better about yourself too! Trust me - I've tried both approaches! Listen
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Lord Jesus, Think On Me - Sadly, I can't take the credit for these words, which were written in the 5th Century by Synesius of Cyrene. I discovered them during a bible study session, but was horrified to discover the dreadful tune to which they were set in Hymns & Psalms. I just had to write a tune that I thought would do Synesius some sort of justice. The result is probably the most beautiful tune that I have ever penned. I hope that you agree, and if you do, please give Synesius all the credit. After all, he provided the inspiration. Listen
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No Strangers Here - Inspired by a sign outside the door of an Irish pub. At first glance, rather intimidating, the sign read, in big letters, "NO STRANGERS HERE", but then, slightly smaller, "Just Friends Who Never Met." It struck me that this should describe the sort of welcome that people should be entitled to expect when they come into our churches. And if they don't get it, it's hardly surprising that you'll find them all down at the pub instead! Listen
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Now Let Us From This Table Rise - A well known hymn, often used after the sharing of bread and wine in a Service of Holy Communion. I have never particularly liked the set tune, and figured I could do better. Whether I succeeded is not for me to judge. Sheet music
One More Step - This hymn is very popular among young children, and with preachers who think they know what young people like. Sadly, I have always detested the tune (sorry Sydney, nothing personal … some of the other stuff you wrote is absolutely cracking), so I figured I ought to do something about it. As it happens, Sydney Carter died in the same year that I wrote this tune, so I hope my offering will be considered to be a tribute to the man and the great contribution that he made to church music, rather than a reflection on the one tune that I didn’t like. Sheet music
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Praise To The King - A rare item - I don't write many hymns, and this one started with the tune. I was just fiddling about at the piano one day, a nice chord sequence came out, so I wrote it down, only to find out subsequently that there was not a hymn in the book that would fit it. So I had little option but to write some words.
After a whistle-stop tour of Jesus's birth, teaching and crucifixion, the hymn is ultimately about commitment (note how the last verse changes from the third person to the first person), and is especially suitable for use at a Covenant Service.
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(A) Prayer - A gentle tune which reaches a slight crescendo in the third verse before fading away. From the time that I wrote this I always felt that it should sit behind a spoken passage (rather than words being sung) but I have never yet found the right words. I'm open to suggestions. Listen
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(The) Ransom - A musical interpretation of the passion and resurrection of Christ. 
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Square Peg - This is the blues song that I started to write when I was feeling really miserable (see "It'll Take A Little More That That"). It took me about two years to finish it, by which time, it had turned from a blues song into something more like a commentary on the blues. Still, it's the closest I've gotten to the blues yet. Listen
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To The Promised Land - I’m always heartened to read about some of the great bible heroes who suffered from doubts and fears, just the way that most of us do. Think of Jonah, who did his very best to avoid what God wanted him to do. Think of Moses who, in not so many words said to God “What me? You must be joking.” This song is inspired by just such people, and is for anyone who ever felt inadequate. Sheet music
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Trust In Me - This is not the story of how I met Jesus … though it could have been. In the main, it’s a strong message packaged with a heavy sprinkling of humour and a few oblique bible references. Listen out for the “Wombles” influence in the tune. Sheet music
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Who Are You? - This song is a story, which takes us back to the time of Jesus to see events unfold through the eyes of an eyewitness. He’s a fictional character, but who knows?
Our story begins in the synagogue at Nazareth where Jesus is teaching. Our man is one of those listening who reject Jesus and his teaching. After all, they know him as just the local carpenter’s son … what makes him special? However, something that Jesus said or did must have struck a chord, and he just can’t get Jesus out of his head. Although still sceptical, he follows Jesus’s teaching with some interest. Sadly, it is only in the last verse when, as we find ourselves at the foot of the cross, the penny drops. As he suddenly recognises Jesus for who he really is, he realises the awful truth that he is among the crowd that has just crucified … the Son of God!
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Who Will You Serve? - A rowdy piece of rock ‘n roll, ideal for a youth service or similar gathering.
Probably not the deepest piece of theology, but just about the most important question that any of us can face during our lifetime.
(Joshua 24, v15)
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A word about copyright. You are welcome to use this material as you wish for any non-profit purpose, and especially in the service of Jesus Christ. Please be sure to acknowledge the source by means of a reference to this website. If you happen to make a recording of any of these songs (and especially if you can make a better job of it than me) I would be delighted to hear the result. Although I retain the author's rights in respect of any commercial sales (should that ever happen), most of all I would like to think that something here might be a blessing to somebody else, and I would welcome any feedback via the Contact page of this website.

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