Peter Mayer

Embodying one of the most individual voices and viewpoints in contemporary music, Peter Mayer writes "music for the soul," according to Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His work has been praised as "breath-taking," "beautifully-crafted," "mind-spinning," and "transcendent."

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Church Of The Earth (Solo voice, choir, piano--E major (original key; suitable for medium voice).)

Church Of The Earth is a new classic. Deeply-felt and Gospel-tinged, it persuasively urges our recognition of the too-often unrecognized holiness of this Earth. This arrangement, in the original key of E major, flatters a medium voice. It can be performed as written, or (as Pete performs it) with guitar (ad lib--chord symbols included).Youtube Church Of The Earth rehearsal video

Preview sample of "Church of the Earth."

Text (chorus):
Gilded in gold, gilded in rust,
Heaven below, Heaven above,
The Heaven we know,
Here in this world,
Here in our holy Church Of The Earth.

(Duration: ca. 4:45.)

Church Of The Earth (Solo voice, choir, piano--G major (High voice).)

Church Of The Earth for high voices. Choral parts are slightly rewritten to keep them in 'friendly' tessiturae for each part. Otherwise identical to the original, excepting the transposition, of course!

Church Of The Earth (Solo voice, choir, piano--C major (Low voice).)

Church Of The Earth for low voices. All parts are transposed down, but otherwise this is identical to the original version--but deeper and more sonorous!

God Is A River (Piano Vocal, Medium Voice)

God Is A River persuades with vivid word pictures, delicious harmonies, and warm empathy for the human condition that God is 'not just a stone.'  In the original of E major, suitable for medium voices.

Youtube God Is A River live performance video
Preview sample of "God Is A River Piano Vocal (Medium Voice)"

Text (Excerpt):
God is a river, not just a stone
God is a wild, raging rapids
And a slow, meandering flow
God is a deep and narrow passage
And a peaceful, sandy shoal
God is the river, swimmer
So let go

God Is A River Lead Sheets

Preview sample of "God Is A River Lead Sheet"
God Is A River Lead Sheet in the original key of E Major (medium voice).  Straight-forward melody with guitar chords.  3 pages.
God Is A River Lead Sheet in G Major (high voice).
God Is A River Lead Sheet in C Major (low voice).

Holy Now (Solo voice (Medium) & Guitar Tab.)

Holy Now Voice & Tab for medium voice, in the original key of E Major.  In some ways similar in theme to Church Of The Earth, Holy Now takes a more nostalgic, confessional approach to proclaiming the holiness around us.

Youtube Holy Now live performance video
Preview sample of "Holy Now Voice & Tab."
Text (First verse):
When I was a boy, each week
On Sunday we would go to church
And pay attention to the priest
And he would read the holy word
And consecrate the holy bread
And every one would kneel and bow
Today the only diff'rence is
Every thing is holy now


Holy Now (SATB & Piano)

Holy Now SATB & Pno in the original key of E Major.  Written as a stand-alone choral version, this arrangement can also combine with the vocal/guitar version--but it substitutes a climactic 'choir solo' for the original guitar solo.

Holy Now (Lead Sheet)

Holy Now Lead Sheet in the original key of E Major.  Straight-forward melody with guitar chords.  Verses are written separately to facilitate reading.  5 pages.

Molly O'Malley's (Solo voice (Medium) & Guitar Tab.)

Text (Excerpt):
Over the doorway, painted bold
A question begs your pardon:
Is this a place of many souls,
Or just one very large one?

My Soul (Solo voice (Medium) & Guitar Tab.)

Text (First verse):
There are a hundred billion snowflakes swirling in the cosmic storm
And each one is a galaxy, a billion stars or more.
And each star is a million Earths, a giant fiery sun
High up in some sky, may be shining on someone.
And deep inside a snowflake, I am floating quietly
I am infinitesimal, impossible to see
Sitting in my tiny kitchen in my tiny home
Staring out my window at a universe of snow.

For additional Peter Mayer guitar notation & tabs, check out Peter's sheet music page,!