Music for Church Services
Diane has a wealth of songs to enhance services with various themes, many particularly well-suited for Unitarian Universalist churches. She enjoys working with service leaders and music directors, and she can lead congregational singing and is very familiar with the Singing the Living Tradition hymnal. Diane sings a cappella and also accompanies herself on guitar or dulcimer.
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Several of Diane's songs work especially well for services. One -- Amaryllis -- is an a cappella beauty about the slow unfolding of life and death. (You can hear it via the "Music videos" page.)
Additional songs for services:
- Sacred Space, a gentle celebration of community
- Silver the Moon, a gorgeous lullaby with UU themes
- The Pollen Path, based on a Navajo healing chant, good for singing along
- What Is the Wind?, a reflection on the essential mystery of life
- The Children's Hour, Longfellow's tender lyrics set to a new melody
- Walk Away, an intense song about domestic violence
- Grace, about the continuing tragedy of mental illness and homelessness
- All Through the Night, the ancient lullaby, perfect for child dedications
- Gathered Safely In, ideal for congregational singing, good for Thanksgiving
- In the Bleak Midwinter, a wonderful old carol with new lyrics, perfect for Solstice
"When Diane sang at our church, the congregation was uplifted by her beautiful voice and her gentle, spiritual presence. She skillfully interwove her songs with the morning's themes and took us all on a wonderful journey."
-- Jay Lane, Music Director, First Religious Society, Newburyport, Massachusetts
"Besides having a beautiful voice, Diane Taraz has a unique style that keeps the listener engaged. She is a real storyteller, and her compositions are fresh and reminiscent at the same time; they brought me back to my childhood. We were fortunate to have her at our service."
-- John Middleton-Cox, Music Director, North Parish, North Andover, Massachusetts