Music Composers Unite!
I used to post here all the time, so I apologize for not contributing lately. The genesis of this hymn started with a simple statement from my best friend complaining about the simplicity of contemporary Christian music’s lyrics and chords. I told him if I ever wrote a hymn I would try my best to put more meat in the words especially. The following week I was contacted by a client and dear friend who is absolutely one of the greatest trombone players in the world telling me that I should write a piece for the unexpected transformation of 2020 concerning what the world is going through at this time, so I decided to write a hymn. One of my organist friends also recommended b minor so if he wanted to commission me to arrange it for organ and strings the key would already work very well. Thus this hymn was born. I decided to simply render the demo with strings for simplicity sake and did not use double basses due to the range of the human voice. The words come from the books of Job, Isaiah, and Psalms. Thank you for taking a look and listen.
I would love to hear this with the intended words. It's a very pretty arrangement. Seems more of a lament almost along the lines of " Oh Sacred Head Oh How Wounded".
I think we can under value simplicity and over value complexity. Does that make sense ? I see a few songs out there that aren't particularly meaningful in Christian music. I don't think this only applies to "contemporary christian music". There are some huge mega churches out there that have teams who put out albums in the name of the church who are making music that is very vague in meaning and in some cases I think it's intentional. I also see some odd hymns that go back hundreds of years, so for me it isn't necessarily what is or isn't "contemporary". You can put a LOT of meaning into a few simple words i.e. "I Love You". CCC covers a lot of material all the way from the early 70's until now. I think the majority of it has relevance. I agree, some of it is "out there" in terms of meaning.
Thanks Tim for your reply.