Song Prompt #9 – Easter Sunday

Liturgical Calendar

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, The Mass of Easter Day

Mass Readings

Acts 10, Ps 118, Col 3, Jn 20

Saint(s) of the Day

St. Anicetus. See for more information and other saints of the day.

Reflections & Song Idea

Happy Easter! Today is the biggest celebration in all of Christianity. All of the Christian faith and life hinges upon the resurrection of Jesus. So what’s your favorite Easter song? What? You say you don’t know of any? Well, maybe it’s time you wrote one.

Easter is about transformation, new life, and the redemptive quality of suffering. Imagine the way Mary and the Apostles must have felt after seeing Jesus arrested, condemned to death, then crucified, and to then see Him again alive in His glorified body. Think about that amazement and overwhelming joy.

So write a song about that kind of amazement and overwhelming joy. Jesus Christ is risen today, and you can write a song that communicates pieces of the Easter story along with the emotional joy that we feel on this day.

The Song Form

The song form chosen for this song is what is known in jazz circles as the “Rhythm Changes.” It is the chord progression used in Gershwin’s tune, “I Got Rhythm” and is found is hundreds of other songs. We are indeed feeling rhythm changes as we transition from Lent to the Easter season.

In the MIDI and audio we are providing for you to get started, this progression is set in a bossa nova rhythm. See what you can do with it to write a song about or related to Easter.

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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