"I'll Sing" CD & mp3

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 In May & June, 2002, Michael had the incredible opportunity to record some of his music onto a CD. Words cannot express our gratitude to all the musicians and others who volunteered countless hours to bring this dream to pass. If the technology works like it is supposed to, you can listen to some of the songs by clicking below!

[UPDATE: This page, like much of this website, is old. In 2013, CDBaby put high quality mp3 files from Michael's CD on line. You can now search for "Krigline" at iTunes, GooglePlay and other music sites. You can also buy the songs at CD Baby--which is cheaper than the other website! Click: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelkriglinefriends]

To download the PDF "CD insert" with lyrics, acknowledgments, etc., click here.

If you somehow stumbled onto this site or the CD and now want to know more about the Kriglines, you should be able to find your answers on this website. Michael is an English teacher who also just happens to write music. In Shanghai, our friends kept asking for copies of the music, and thus the idea was hatched to record it. The project was far more expensive and time-consuming than we could have dreamed, but it was also a lot of fun. Most of the songs on the CD even turned out pretty nice—considering that we were all a bunch of amateurs!

Click here for a PDF file of the CD's lyric insert.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelkriglinefriends]

(Left) Here is the “band” as they appear on the CD cover. Twelve musicians from 11 different countries volunteered to help!

 

 

 

(Right) This photo was also on the original CD-mailer. Cherry was a fellow teacher at SIS.

Her instrument is called an “erhu.” You can hear Cherry and her erhu in the song "Jing Ye Si"

(see below).

This project was born here, at the Heng Shan International Church where all the foreign musicians met.

This tower is home to our recording studio (along with thousands of mosquitoes!)

Michael got to teach and sing every few weeks at the Intl Church (and also at retreats like this one), and people kept asking us to put the songs on a CD.

Tony in front of his wonderful recording equipment. You wouldn’t believe what this software/engineer team can do!

We were in the studio about 50 hours. Sometimes Vivian and Andrew acted as our caterers! Did somebody say McDonalds?

Dwayne Engh was our Producer, drummer and choir director. His wife Lynley did many backup vocals (and waited for us a lot!).

The “choir” sounded great and showed that many of these songs are easy to sing.

Michael discovered that glasses and headphones don’t go well together!

When it was all over, we hosted a banquet to celebrate and thank all the volunteers!

       If you have already got a copy of the CD, read the insert and you will see that you are welcome to copy it for your friends! Otherwise, you can only get copies from us—and almost all of the original 600 copies have been distributed! If you live near us in China, you can ask us for a copy; if not, write to me and I'll tell you how to get one.
       If you want a copy of the guitar chords for any of the songs (or if you want permission to re-record a song yourself), write to me (see below). I can attach the chords via a MS Word file when I reply. I would also be happy to answer questions about what the songs mean. Since I am generally busy teaching, please be patient! If you do not hear from me in a few weeks, ask again—sometimes e-mail never gets to us here in China.
       Thanks for visiting this web page. If I were God, I would have chosen a professional musician to pour these songs through, but His ways are not our ways. I marvel at the impact of these songs, and I am constantly encouraged to know that our friends have been inspired by the songs the Heavenly Father gives me. A great man once said “expect great things from, and attempt great things for God” or something like that. Being a “recording artist” is definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think we would all be amazed at what happens if we stepped out of the comfort zone more often! As the song says, though I feel far from “worthy” to “join in His song,” it is an awesome “joy to see what He does through me.” May you find the same thing in your own response to that still, small voice of “Heaven within us.”

Michael Krigline

Here is one of the songs in low-quality digital format (it will sound better if you get it from iTunes!). Just click on the link to play the file (to copy it, right-click while it is playing.) You have my permission to copy it for your personal use. (see our Website Standards and Use Policy)

 

Jing Ye Si MP3 file: 866KB (the words are a famous poem from Li Bai, 701-782AD); music copyright 2002, Michael Krigline

 

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In December 2007 I learned that over 1300 people had downloaded Jing Ye Si, so I thought I'd better include the words to that wonderful poem (and the story behind my writing the song) :


When I had barely learned any Chinese, our teacher told us to memorize this famous Tang Dynasty poem (about homesickness). I had to set it to music in order to succeed! Our Chinese friends asked me to include it on this CD. Don’t Cherry's erhu and voice sound beautiful!


Jing Ye Si 静夜思 李白 (poem by Li Bai, 701-762AD; music by Michael Krigline, 1985, Xiamen, China)

床前明月光, 疑是地上霜.举头望明月,低头思故乡.


Reminiscence in a Quiet Night (translation by Jin Lei)
Silver moonlight spread alongside my couch. That confused me as frozen dew.
Raising my head I saw the bright moon hanging in the sky.
Bowing my head I reminisced about my home far away.

For more information about Christianity, check out www.ccci.org/whoisjesus/interactive-journey

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