Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Irving Berlin
Arranger:   Phil Mattson and Gene Puerling
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   H L 08749918
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Michael Shafer
St. Anthony Village 2009
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) is among the finest compositions of Irving Berlin. Its theme and poetry speak to one of human beings most important understanding, i.e. only gratefulness brings with it the possibility of compassion and humility. Both melodically and harmonically, the song ideally combines music and text. This arrangement was written to be done by any type of mixed choral ensemble. (Notes by Phil Mattson)