I’ve been working on a new project with the King’s Heralds quartet. Russ Hospedales, their extraordinary baritone, is their gifted music arranger. Russ sends me an electronic link to songs he wants to include on the project. I listen to them, determine the key(s) they’re in and craft a piano arrangement. I then record the arrangement with engineer Jeff Dykhouse on either the Steinway or the Bechstein and send it to Russ. Russ designs the vocal arrangements for the King’s Heralds to record over the piano tracks. It’s quite a process!
So far, I have recorded four songs, including “I Know Where I’m Going” a gorgeous scottish ballad with a wonderful message. The words are in a previous post, below. This was originally arranged by Wayne Hooper in 1970. I modified the piano arrangement and Russ will shape the vocal arrangement. I can’t wait to hear the new arrangement with the rich tones that only the King’s Heralds’ voices can deliver.
I also recorded “Teach Us to Pray.” This is a lush melody with a poinant message. “Teach us to Pray, Teach us to Pray. We are your children; help us know just what to say. Teach us to worship, love and adore Thee with your understandin, Teach us, Lord teach us to pray.” It’s a beautiful piece of music that I believe will touch hearts. I am Glad Russ included it.
I also recorded my own arrangement of “My Jesus, I Love Thee / Oh How He Loves You and Me.” This was my selection for the guys. It opens with arpeggios which weave around the vocals; “My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou Art Mine; for Thee all the follies of sin I resign; my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.” We transition to a new key for the verse “I love Thee in life; I will love Thee in death…” After that verse, we transition again to a fresh key for “Oh how He loves you and me! Oh how He loves you and me! He gave His life, what more could he give? Oh how He loves you! Oh how He loves me! Oh how He Loves you and me!” And we move to the final key for “In mansions of Glory and endless delight…” I play some lush chords with an arpeggio up to the ending which repeats to fade for featured vocals. Can’t wait to hear warmth and unmatched harmonies of the King’s Heralds on this arrangement.
Finally, I recorded the vintage favorite,”Yes, He Did!” “He took my feet from the miry clay; Yes He did! Oh Yes He did! And He placed them on the rock to stay, Yes He did! Oh yes He did!”
Finally, in October, I’ll be recording “Since I have been Redeemed”. I hope the result is a blessing to all who hear it. Stay tuned!