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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Mennonite Music-Making Bibliography

Jonathan Dueck has compiled an extensive bibliography of articles and other sources that have been written on the topic of Mennonites making music.

A Selected Bibliography for Research on Mennonite Music-Making
Jonathan Dueck, March 25, 2006

Bartel, Dietrich. A Theology of Music in Worship, Winnipeg Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1993.

Bender, H. S. "Hymnology of North American Mennonites." 1956. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006.
<http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/h954me.html>.

Berg, Wesley. From Russia With Music: A Study of the Mennonite Choral Singing Tradition in Canada, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, Ltd, 1985.

---. "Gesangbuch, Ziffern, and Deutschtum: A Study of the Life and Work of J.P. Claszen, Mennonite Hymnologist." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 4 (1986): 8-30.

---. "From Piety to Sophistication: Developments in Canadian Mennonite Music After World War Ii." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 6 (1988): 89-99.

---. "Hymns of the Old Colony Mennonites and the Old Way of Singing." The Musical Quarterly. 80,1 (1996): 77-113.

---. "Bearing Arms for the Tsar: The Soldier Songs of the Germans in Russia as a Context for Russian Mennonite Pacifism." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 17 (1999): 178-93.

Berg, Wesley, and Carol Dyck. "Musicians as Strangers: Mennonite Church Musicians in the 1990S." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 12 (1994): 156-68.

Bishop, Jim. "For a Century, Singing in the New Year." 2002. Mennonite Weekly Review (Internet Edition). <http://www.mennoweekly.org/>.

Dueck, Jonathan. "From Whom is the Voice Coming? Mennonites, First Nations People and Appropriation of Voice." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 19 (2001):

---. "The State of the Art in Studies of Mennonite Music: Worship Wars, World Music, and Menno-Nots." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 23 (2005):

---. "An Ethnographic Study of the Musical Practices of Three Edmonton Mennonite Churches." University of Alberta, 2003.

Epp, Maureen, and Carol Ann Weaver, eds. Sound in the Land. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2005.

Friedmann, Robert. "Ausbund." 1953. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 1006. <http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/a8995me.html>.

Friesen, Dietrich. The Development of Church Music in the Mennonite Brethren Churches, Fresno, CA Fresno Pacific College, 1983.

Funk, Tony. "In a Multitude of Symbols There is Reconciling Worship." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1998): 141-47.

Fyock, Joan A. Hymnal Companion, Elgin, IL; Newton, KS; Scottdale, PA Brethren Press, Faith and Life Press, Mennonite Publishing House, 1996.

Hiebert, Clarence. "The Making of a New Mennonite Brethren Hymnal." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1993): 60-71.

Hostetler, Ann. "The Unofficial Voice: The Poetics of Cultural Identity and Contemporary U.S. Mennonite Poetry." Mennonite Quarterly Review. 72,4 (1998): 511-28.

Hostetler, John A. "Funk, Joseph (1778-1862)." 1999. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006.
<http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/f87me.html>.

Isaak, Mary Anne. "Zairian Theology in Four-Part Harmony." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1993): 39-50.

Klassen, Doreen. Singing Mennonite: Low German Songs Among the Mennonites, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1988.

---. "Folk Music." 1989. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006.
<http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/f657me.html>.

---. "From 'Getting the Words Out' to 'Enjoying the Music': Musical Transitions Among Canadian Mennonite Brethren." Bridging troubled waters : Mennonite Brethren at mid-century : essays and autobiographies (1995): 227-46.

Klassen, Doreen, and Mennonite World Conference. International Songbook, ed. Doreen Klassen, Carol Stream, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1990.

Klassen, Roy L. "Church Choral Musicians: A Survey of Mennonite Perceptions." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1993): 51-59.

Kraybill, Donald B. "A Content and Structural Analysis of Mennonite High School Songs." Mennonite Quarterly Review. 51,1 (1977): 52-66.

Kraybill, J. Nelson. "Is Our Future Evangelical?" The Canadian Mennonite. (2002): 6-7.

Kropf, Marlene, and Nafziger Kenneth. Singing: A Mennonite Voice, Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2001.

Lehmann, Bradley. "Review of the Harmonia Sacra, 25Th Ed." Mennonite Quarterly Review. (1995): 117-19.

Longhurst, Christine. "Worship Music: Varied Styles, a Common Goal." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1993): 25-30.

Martens, Helen. "Singing." 1989. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006. <http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/s567me.html>.

Martinez, Juan. "Mennonite Brethren, Latinos, and Mission." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1994): 43-49.

Neufeld, Bernie, ed. Music in Worship: A Mennonite Perspective. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1998.

Reimer, Margaret Loewen. "Mennonites and the Artistic Imagination." Conrad Grebel Review. 16,3 (1998): 6-24.

Rempel, John. "Mennonite Worship: A Multitude of Practices Looking for a Theology." 2000. Mennonite Life. March 25 2006. <http://www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/2000sept/rempel_john_manifesto.html>.

Richert, Herbert C., and C. Hiebert P. Mennonite Brethren Church Hymnal : A Treasury of Hymns and Gospel Songs With Responsive Readings and Aids to Worship for Public and Private Use, Hillsboro, Kan. The Mennonite Brethren Hymnal Committee, 1953.

Sawatsky, Rodney J. "Mennonite Ethnicity: Medium, Message and Mission." Journal of Mennonite Studies. 9 (1991): 113-21.

Schellenberg, Arnold M. "A Study of Acculturation Proneness of an Ethnic Subculture Within an Urban Community; Mennonite Musicians in Winnipeg." University of Manitoba, 1968.

Schmidt, Orlando. "Music, North America." 1990. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006.
<http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/m875me.html>.

---. "Hymnology (1989)." 1989. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Sam Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006. <http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/H949ME.html>.

Slough, Rebecca. Hymnal: A Worship Book, Elgin, IL; Newton, KS; Scottdale, PA Brethren Press, Faith and Life Press, Mennonite Publishing House, 1992.

Swain, Mark Metzler. "Moving Stubbornly Toward the Kingdom of God: Mennonite Identity in the Twenty First Century." Mennonite Quarterly Review. 75,1 (2001): 89-98.

Wingender, Eric. "Quebec Mennonite Brethren Identity: A Project Underway." Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. 2 (1994): 50-53.

Yoder, Walter E. "Singing Schools." 1958. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Ed. Samuel Steiner Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 25 2006.
<http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/S5675ME.html>.

Zuercher, Melanie. "Mennonite Music At Nashville." Canadian Mennonite. 5,3 (2001): 9.

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