Haven’t posted in a while… Been a bit down due to the injury. I really miss playing guitar. Turns out that when I broke the wrist, I also tore my rotator cuff and it went undiagnosed for 10 weeks bacause no one thought to check out my complaints that my shoulder still hurt. Oh well, life goes on, but physical therapy hurts a lot.
Anyway, I have two new CD’s available for anyone interested. The first, Before the Break, is a recording of the last concert I did at Bear Creek Coffee in Omaha prior to my injury… Thus “before the break…” The next is a recording of a concert I did at the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, NE after the injury, hence it is all a cappela. If anyone might be interested in purchasing these, please email me at smtefft @ gmail . com (minus the spaces). They are $10 each. Personally, and this is a totally unbiased opinion of course, I think these songs are some of my strongest. I really like Before the Break and I’m having trouble deciding which song I should share first. I’ll go with this one for the following reason…
I’ve given away 15-20 CD’s to friends, family and co-workers with the request to let me know what they thought of it. Crickets. I even asked a co-worker what she thought of it, weeks later: “Oh, I haven’t listened to it yet… But I will!”
It really makes me wonder why I do this.
One exception. My friend, David, (may the good Lord abundantly bless him) told me he really liked this song. So, for him, I share it here where no one will listen to it.
I guess it’s better that no one listen to my music here than no one listening to my music on the CD’s I give them.
As a writer I get ideas for certain projects. I wrote songs for the mysteries of the rosary. I wrote songs for Bishop Guglielmo Giaquinta’s book The Cenacle. (available online, see the side bar) I will, one day, write a song for all 150 Psalms… So I got this idea one day to write songs based on the 12 step program for AA. Don’t know where the idea came from but there it was. This one, Heal Me, is for step 7 and is the only one of the 12 steps I have recorded. I like it. It’s got kind of an old-timey feel to it. Almost an “O Brother, Where Art Thou” vibe. Or it would if I had better instrumentation and Allison Krause’s awesome voice on it. But this is a live performance CD and I only had myself. It’s still a good song.
Next: I had been scheduled to perform at the Holy Family Shrine last year. I got cancelled due to some construction projects there. They rescheduled and… I broke my wrist. My thought was, no guitar means no concert. The wife said differently. I even tried to cancel it myself. The wonderful people at the shrine said no, they needed me to do this. So I did. I tried to get some friends to accompany me… no luck. Too busy or not interested or too shy. So I went through my songs and picked out some I could sing without accompaniment. Still not sure if I did a good job of it but I did the best I could.
Intro_How Sweet the Very Thought of You - How Sweet the Very Thought of You
If you are interested, you can get the full concert of me @ the Holy Family Shrine or a CD with just the songs, no talking. Email me.
Heal Me! (Tefft)
Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
1) From my every sin / From my every stain / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / From my every fault / From my every pain / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / Come and heal me…
Chorus: In humility and in all sincerity / O Lord, hear my plea and heal me… / I’m down on my knees, I’m asking You to see / O Lord, hear my plea and heal me…
2) From the bad I’ve done / And from each regret / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / Help me to atone / For I can’t forget / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / Come and heal me…
3) From my selfishness / From each sad mistake / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / For the ones I love / And for heaven’s sake / Come and wash me clean / Come and heal me. / Come and heal me…
HOW SWEET THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (Tefft)
Based on Jesu Dulcis Memoria by St. Bernard of Clairveaux / Trans. Fr. Edward Caswall
1) How sweet the very thought of You / With joy You fill my heart / The sweetness of Your presence, Lord, / Surpasses all earthly art.
2) Mere words cannot express Your love. / No tongue can quite explain / The sweetest sound in all the world / Is our Savior’s Holy Name.
3) O Hope of ev’ry contrite heart / And Joy of all the meek, / How kind You are to all who fall / How good to all who might seek.
4) For You can hear each childish prayer. / You know each foolish thought. / Yet, what great gifts; all grace and love / Are given freely when sought.
5) All glory be to Father, Son, / And to the Spirit, blest! / In You alone, my Joy and Prize, / My soul can finally rest.
6) How sweet, how wondrous is the Lord / Whose love sets sinners free. / Let all the world His praises sing / For now and eternally!