When I moved down and expressed an interest in psalm recordings, Jesh decided to put me to work. He went through the church hard drive, located all the psalm recordings, and dumped them into one folder with the ambitious title "full psalter." He then assigned me the task of identifying them all and replacing file names like "DS02983" with names like "032 v 1-5 St David." Once they were all identified, I had to delete duplicates, and where there were multiple recordings of one section of the psalms, I had to pick out the best and remove the others to an "alternates" folder.
It took me a while, but when I was done, we had a nicely organized folder of (once the psalm sing recordings were added to the list) about two hundred recordings. A lot of the recordings overlap a bit, and many of them are not of good quality, since the recorder was positioned to record the sermon, not the singing. But the idea is that over time, we can produce more recordings to replace the poor ones, and to fill in the many gaps where we have no recordings at all.
Fast forward a few months: Jesh has decided that it is high time we make a new set of psalm CDs to replace the old set. Since he is quite busy, of course the task has fallen to me. First I went through all of the recordings and selected the ones of better quality, to be included in the CDs; and now I am having to edit most of the recordings I selected, to fix volume and other issues.
This task has involved lots of poking around in the depths of the church hard drive. In the process, I stumbled across a folder of sermons from an Edinburgh communion season that Jesh attended in 2007. At the end of one was this recording of the Edinburgh congregation singing from Psalm 145. I thought it was nice and decided to share it with you. Enjoy!
Psalm 145:17-21 to Sheffield