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Hi God Gesture Book, Vol. 2 from OCP
Rise Up & Sing, 3rd Edition from OCP

Hi God Gesture Book, Vol. 2

January 12, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore.--A new book with audio CD by Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn-Landry is designed to bring music to life and get children moving. Now available from OCP, Hi God Gesture Book, Volume 2 clearly presents signs and gestures with photographs and detailed explanations—for familiar songs aimed at getting children excited about their faith.

"In the past few years, many people have asked us to prepare a second volume of gestures since they enjoyed the original Hi God Gesture Book and have found it so useful," said Landry. "We are so grateful for this response."

The audio CD included with the book offers engaging and fun songs like "I Know That God Loves Me" and "Peter and James and John" and quietly prayerful songs like "At the Center of My Heart," "I Believe in the Sun" and "Sing a Simple Song." The gestures, signs, mime and motions flow freely from the music and reflect not only the words but the piece's entire mood.

"In Hi God Gestures, Volume 2, we concentrated on our newer songs (from Hi God 4, 5 and 6)," said Kinghorn-Landry. "Our goal was to enable students to express themselves more fully by using their hands and feet as well as their voices. We hope the gestures we have created for the second volume will add a new dimension and sense of participation and joy as they sing these 14 songs."

Product details:

  • Audio CD included (inside plastic pocket in the book)
  • Two new songs ("Who Is This" and "We Receive the Lord") join 12 of the most popular selections from the Hi God series
  • Gestures demonstrated by actual grade school students, not "professionals"
  • Composer Notes offer a background on all of the songs
  • Movements vary in level of difficulty, allowing you to adapt to the ages and abilities of your students

Hi God Gestures Book, Volume 2 provides teachers, catechists and parents with a variety of songs for different liturgical and catechetical occasions throughout the year. The songbook with CD ($28.00) is available at

About OCP OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship materials produced by OCP are used in thousands of churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. More information is available at 1-800-548-8749 and

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Rise Up & Sing, 3rd Edition Children's Music Resource

December 1, 2009

Reviewed by Jim Logue, Jr.

OCP has just released this new music hymnal for childen. It contains 330 Scripture-based, liturgically appropriate songs for children. It's an excellent book for children--big enough print for them to read, easy to handle (paperback!), and within your budget.

Songs are arranged by season and topic, with songs for the school year, the Sacraments, for seasons like Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, music for Psalms and canticles, and more. Composers include Owen Alstott, Carey Landry, Bernadette Farrell, Suzanne Toolan, Christopher Walker, and more.

In addition to the assembly book, there are accompaniment books for keyboard and guitar, comprehensive indexes in the accompaniment book, and you can also get a full CD library of all the songs, including instrumental-only tracks to use as accompaniment.

Visit to learn more about this great new resource!

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