Sunday, April 10, 2016
Sunday morning concert--Your blogger at the keyboard
Blogger/keyboardist/Navy vet/cat care specialist Lee Hartsfeld
I have 51 minutes before it's no longer Sunday morning, so... to the notes. For today's Sunday morning concert, some less familiar sacred tunes--though, if you're from Austria or Germany, the melody to The Lord Is My Shepherd melody should be anything but unfamiliar. And I have no idea what I just typed. Little sleep, lots of caffeine--that describes my state as I type this.
Anyway, the tune is Thomas Koschat's 19th century hit, Verlassen bin i. If you've always wanted to hear it sung in a male a cappella version in the mountains, want no more: Verlassen bin i 2003. It takes guts to put my own rendition next to this one, but no one ever said I lacked guts. Of course, just because no one said it doesn't make it not true.
I was trying for a weirder sound on O Happy Home, but the one I got isn't too shabby. It just needed more reverb. Here's a nice alternate tune, by Felix Mendelssohn, to the O Happy Home text: O Happy Home. You'll notice the pianist in the video plays with more pianistic feeling than I do--at some point, I decided that hymns work best when counted strictly. Besides, strict counting helps a lot when you're piling up tracks.
And there's the fact I'm playing a sampled piano and not a real one. (I'm a pro at making excuses.)
O Holy City, Seen of John is one of the coolest hymn tunes I've ever pulled out of a hymnal. For some reason, I want to race through it, but I made myself slow down a spell, especially this morning when I played it for our offertory.
Today's prayer: For some approximation of spring to return.
Click here to hear: Sunday morning concert
O Holy City, Seen of John (Steggall, 1890)
I Walk with the King (B.D. Ackley, 1915)
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Koschat, 1862; arr. Excell)
O for a Closer Walk with God (Dykes, 1875)
Jesu! Our Eternal King (Freylinghausen, 1704)
I Will Not Forget Thee (Charles H. Gabriel, 1889)
Who Will Gather? (Charles H. Gabriel, c. 1891)
O Happy Home, Where Thou Art Loved (Barnby, 1883)