I first heard Brighter Than the Sun, written by Ray Makeever of Minneapolis, while staying at Holden Village in the summer of 1999, where Ray was serving as village musician along with his wife, Linda Breitag. The song was sung at an evening gathering, and the tune stayed with me for weeks afterward. Upon my return to Minneapolis I made this arrangement which was published in the fall of 1999. It has kind of a “down home Southern gospel” feel to it, and can be used for Epiphany season, baptisms, or as a general anthem. Accessible to traditional choirs as well as contemporary ensembles.