DAVID KAI: MUSIC

 

BACKGROUND

David Kai grew up in Toronto attending the Centennial-Japanese United Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Humber College music program where he specialized in arranging and composing, and The Centre for Christian Studies. Commissioned as a diaconal minister in 1987, David has served in pastoral charges in Birtle, Manitoba and Orleans, Ontario; he is currently a diaconal minister at Pickering Village United Church in Ajax, Ontario just east of Toronto.

 

David has written hymn tunes and arrangements in collaboration with authors and composers such as Brian Wren, Ruth Duck, Linnea Good, Neil Lemke, Jeeva Sam and Doreen Lankshear-Smith. He was a member the United Church’s Hymn and Worship Resource Committee that produced Voices United, and also provided music for the Bible Quest curriculum. As a musician, David has performed with groups and musicians such as Linnea Good, the Union United Church Gospel Choir, and in bands playing styles from calypso and reggae to Christian rock and gospel with groups such as Whitestone, the Sellwoods and Spirit.calm. He has served as a musician at gatherings such as Berwick Camp, International Diakonia, Annual Meetings of the Bay of Quinte Conference, the Ethnic Ministries Council and General Council Youth Forum.

 

David and spouse Marilyn Bown live in Whitby, Ontario with and have three children.

 

 

COMPOSITIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS

 

CHOIR ANTHEMS

 

Auroras Sigh   words: Neil Lemke  music: David Kai

available from Canadian International Music in Winnipeg, MB   204-786-1814

or from Lorenz at www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=CIM1033

 

In the Dragonfly O’er Clear Rivers   words: Neil Lemke  music: David Kai

available from David Kai: copying license available

 

Mary, Did You Know Him?  words: Flora Irwin  music: Wayne Irwin

arrangement: David Kai

available from David Kai: copying license available

 

May the words of my mouth (Psalm 19)  words and music: David Kai

available from David Kai: copying license available

 

Psalm 51 (Have mercy, Lord)  words: Flora Irwin   music: David Kai

available from David Kai: copying license available

 

Spirit of Our Jesus   words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai

available from Canadian International Music in Winnipeg, MB   204-786-1814

or from Lorenz at www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=CIM1019

 

Sing to God a Joyful Song (Psalm 98)   words and music: David Kai

available from Canadian International Music in Winnipeg, MB   204-786-1814

 

 

HYMNS

 

All who hunger*   words: Sylvia Dunstan   music: James Langran

arrangement: David Kai

 

By grace reborn   tune name: Manzanar

words: Brian Wren  music: David Kai

available in Supplement 99 by Hope Publishing

www.hopepublishing.com/html/main.isx?sub=31&workid=923

and Christ Our Hope by Hope Publishing

http://www.hopepublishing.com/html/main.isx?sub=31&workid=2500

 

From this time on    words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music:  Jeeva Sam

arrangement: David Kai

available from DLS music: www.web.net/~doreenls/sfmw2.htm

 

God remembers pain*   words: Brian Wren   music: Jeeva Sam

arrangement: David Kai

available in Visions and Revisions from Hope Publishing: www.hopepublishing.com/html/main.isx?sub=31&workid=892

and Supplement 99 by Hope Publishing

www.hopepublishing.com/html/main.isx?sub=31&workid=923

 

Greening Hope (Each rising sun)  words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam

arrangement: David Kai

available from DLS Music  www.web.net/~doreenls

 

Hovering over snow-swept fields           words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai       

 

Jubilee call (With the trumpet call)        words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith  

music: Jeeva Sam   arrangement: David Kai

 

Long before the night (This ancient love)*   words and music: Carolyn McDade 

arrangement: David Kai

 

Make a joyful noise (Psalm 100)*   words and music: Linnea Good

arrangement: David Kai

also available from Borealis Music:

 

Micah's song (Seek justice)   words and music: David Kai

available from David Kai

 

Midnight sharpness, starfields, fading*  tune name: Tashme

words: Neil Lemke  music: David Kai

 

My heart is stirring            words: Neil Lemke  music: David Kai

 

O smile that flung the stars to waltz   words: Neil Lemke  music: David Kai

available from David Kai

 

Our God goes with us (commissioned by the Centennial-Japanese United Church)

    words and music: David Kai   available from David Kai

words and melody available at www.cjuc.org/OurGod-melody.pdf

 

Out of the depths*  words: Ruth Duck   music: Jeeva Sam  arrangement: David Kai

 

Praise to God*   words: Nobuaki Hanaoka   music: traditional

arrangement: David Kai

 

Shadows gather, deep and cold* (tune name: Kalso)

words: Sylvia Dunstan   music: David Kai

also published in “Hymns of Universal Praise”: Chinese Christian Literature Council Hong Kong 2005

 

Sheep fast asleep*   words: Genzo Miwa (trans. John Moss)   music: Churgoro Torii

arrangement: David Kai

 

The least expected ones (Sometimes it’s hard to understand)

words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam   arrangement: David Kai

 

We are one*   words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam

arrangement: David Kai

also available in Spirit Anew, Wood Lake Books 1999

www.woodlakebooks.com/product_detail.taf?site_uid1=5310&hallway_uid1=17498&search_id=&catalog_uid1=381&link_type_uid1=&person_id=&u_currency_id=127

 

Wherever you may go (Whither you will go)   tune name: Renaud

words and music: David Kai

available in More Voices www.morevoices.ca and from David Kai

 

*available in Voices United, published by the United Church Publishing House (UCPH) 

www.united-church.ca/sales/ucph/voicesunited

 

CHILDREN’S SONGS (Bible Quest curriculum)

David's song (Now David was a shepherd boy)   words: David Kai   music: traditional

In the beginning (part 1)   words and music: David Kai

In the beginning (part 2)   words and music: David Kai

Let's be friends again (I'm sorry)  words and music: David Kai

Micah's song (Seek justice)   words and music: David Kai

Rappin' with the bible fax   words and music: David Kai

Stories of the early days (Creating, creating)   words and music: David Kai

Ten, Ten Commandments   words and music: David Kai

 

SOLOS

Christ is born   words and music: David Kai

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GskJCyfuON0

No greater love   words and music: David Kai

www.youtube.com/watch?v=agsTNidFXLw

O Christ you rise within our hearts  words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai

Seven days without prayer   words and music: David Kai

The Great Healer (I've had a heart transplant)   words and music: David Kai

 

OTHER SONGS

Sam’s Hockey Song  (entry for the CBC’s Hockey Anthem Challenge)

http://anthemchallenge.cbc.ca/mediadetail/309304?channel=389&sort=upload+DESC&filetype=2%2C3&moderationstatus=1&offset=2

They’ll be on the rock this Christmas

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsHuzCXgO14

You can’t tell a Newfie

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHED WORKS

 

“A Holy Week Broadcast”

drama in Staging the Story

Sally Armour Wotton, editor

 United Church Publishing House

 

Five Reflections in Birthing the Promise:

Advent Reflections and Worship Resources from Many Cultural Realities

Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng and Kim Uyede-Kai, editors

United Church Publishing House

 

“Walking and Working Together in Hope”

worship service, Seeds and Sowers 2004

United Church Publishing House

 

“The Official Board”

drama in “That All May Be One”

United Church Publishing House

 

“With Voices United” 

article in Fire and Grace: Stories of History and Vision

United Church Publishing House

 

 

Please contact David at kairos@sympatico.ca for more information.