Just re-published “Then Sings My Soul” formerly known as “How Great Thou Art”.
I was asked by the music company that owns the lyrics to the words of “How Great Thou Art” to rename this arrangement or otherwise pay royalties for the use of the phrase “How Great Thou Art”.
I personally don’t feel they can universally own the phrase “How Great Thou Art” but sincerely want to stay above board on this issue. (It’s been and is still a very controversial issue with others besides myself).
The reason for my delay was trying to locate the original file to rename the arrangement. I just found the file this morning while rummaging through old files that I had searched before numerous times. (I was thinking the file had been lost a couple years ago when I accidentally deleted alot of my music files)
I’ve had MANY requests for this arrangement since taking it offline for awhile during the re-naming process.
Thanks for your interest! I truly enjoy writing for you all!
The following excerpt was taken from my Easter arrangement “Were You There” (to be published sometime in Feb. 2017)
Many have asked how I play runs so fast and smooth.
My answer: fingering and body movement are important factors in creating a smooth and fast run.
Keep hands close to keys…wrist level with hands. Allow hands to follow shape of the note groups….turning thumb ahead of time to make smooth transition into next group of notes. (The thumb starts each group.) The body…waist up… should also follow the run….bend slightly at the waist to the right… and lean toward keys a little for full body support.
One of the many activities of a church pianist may include playing for weddings. I enjoy finding fresh new piano music that truly fits the occasion.
A couple of weeks ago while playing through James Michael Stevens’ recently published collection entitled… “Dreams of Jewels”… I realized the songs would be perfect for a wedding! All of the pieces are lovely but I especially like “Opal Dreams” and “Aquamarine Dreams”. (I’ve always loved James’ style!)
“Dreams of Jewels” would make a nice piano collection for any church pianist needing prelude or reception music for a wedding. The collection provides 15 pages of music. James has other collections as well that would probably be very appropriate for a wedding. His music can be found at the following link: SMPress
Samples of my favorite selections from “Dreams of Jewels”…
Gearing up for Easter music! Planning ahead is the key! How many of you church pianists are involved in planning for your church’s Easter service?
I’m trying to decide on a nice Easter ensemble medley for maybe three to four pianos, flutes and clarinet for an offertory. Feeling the creative juices flowing too! I think I’ll adapt my trio piano version of “Power in the Blood Medley” for this group.
Concerning choir music…we usually don’t have a full-fledged program due to time limitations but try to learn new songs for these special occasions.
One of my favorite Easter cantatas is “The Bread of Life” by Lloyd Larson. All of the music is very well done! I found a fairly decent recording of this very cantata on youtube. It helps to hear a good representation of the music before tackling a new song…also provides the director with the interpretation ideas of the song such as word coloring (emphasizing certain words to elevate the meaning of the text)…. and also….what tempo is most effective.
At this point, the one song we’ll be learning from this cantata is “Taste and You’ll See” a nice upbeat piece on the Christian’s experience of God’s salvation.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing other resources for Easter offertories and vocal specials along the way as we look towards an effective Easter service for God’s glory!
So…start getting ready now for your Easter service while you have ample time! 🙂 Not counting the last week of December….Easter is 15 weeks from now.
Sounds like a long time but not when you’re preparing new music or a cantata….even if it’s an easy program. Have fun as you seek out Easter music!
I just published an early advanced piano arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and a beautiful rendition of “What Child is This” for violin solo w/ piano accompaniment.
“O Come All Ye Faithful” is written in more of a prelude style but can suffice as a Christmas offertory. This particular arrangement was also one of my homespun pieces…featured on the Christmas CD entitled “Simply Christmas”. I did make harmonic corrections here and there in the written version because I couldn’t help myself! 😉
We hope to create youtube videos for both of these arrangements by the weekend.
I plan to publish two new Christmas arrangements by this weekend:
O Come All Ye Faithful (early advanced piano solo) and What Child is This? (violin solo w/ piano accompaniment
One of my daughter-in-laws needed a violin solo for Christmas….so…to save time…I adapted an earlier piano solo version of What Child is This into a piano and violin special. I REALLY enjoyed creating this one!