Song Prompt #5

Liturgical Calendar

Third Sunday of Lent

Mass Readings

Ex 3, Ps 103, 1 Cor 10, Lk 13

Saint(s) of the Day


Reflections & Song Idea

Today’s Gospel reading is about repentance and cutting down the trees that do not bear fruit. Cutting down a tree is a very visual image that could work well in a song, either as a line in a verse or the main hook of a song.

The first reading is the story of Moses and the burning bush. Again here is another very visual image that can work well in a song. In this story God reveals His own name, which is, “I Am Who Am.”

The responsorial psalm is “The Lord is Kind and Merciful.” Perhaps you can write a song about that kindness and mercy flowing though a person you know or a character you make up.

And the second reading from the first letter to the Corinthians has a lot of good imagery like “drinking from the spiritual rock” and warnings, both about complaining and also presuming that you are standing tall.

Be sure to also read about the saints of the day today – there are always stories to be found in the lives of the Saints.

The Song Form

The song form chosen for this week is a minor blues in the key of A minor at a slow tempo of 60 beats per minute. A minor blues is almost exactly like a major blues, except that the one (i) chord and the four (iv) chord used are minor instead of major. There is also a chromatic step from F dominant 7 to E dominant 7 in bars 8 and 9 of this progression.

This song form is just to get you started. Feel free to use it as is or change the chords, rhythm, time signature, or key. The song you write should be your own, and this form is just to get you started.


Sheet Music (PDF)

Audio (AAC)


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