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Turn Your Radio On
Music & Lyrics : Albert E. Brumley (1905 - 1977)
Background About the SongThis inspirational and very catchy song was written in 1938 by Albert E. Brumley, one of the most prolific gospel songwriters and arrangers ever. Turn Your Radio On became an international hit for Ray Stevens in 1971/72 and resulted in Brumley receiving a Citation of Achievement award from BMI in 1972.
You can read about this remarkable man on the Brumley Music web site and also on the Nashville Songwriter's Foundation web site:
Arranging and Performance NotesI have this skinny, little gospel songbook with a spiral spine. While searching one day for new songs for the Amazing Grace Jazz Choir, I came across Turn Your Radio On which I had never heard. I played the song through once, felt ambivalent, tossed the book down on the piano and forgot about it. Since everyone in our family plays the piano, the book got knocked to the floor everytime someone played. As it landed, it would fly open to Turn Your Radio On because, I suppose, it was right in the middle of the book. After a couple of days of picking the book off the floor and always having that song staring at me, I admitted defeat, played it and decided it was a cool tune.
I arranged it for 4-part without too much harmonic tension. In fact, the whole shout chorus is simply triadic.
It has a charmingly upbeat, happy southern swing gospel feel that my choir loved to perform. This song is so well written, it was easy to arrange and sing.
Mixing Details:Each vocal track used the following effects bin insert:
In a few spots we also used Steinberg's Karlette which is a tape-delay simulator very reminiscent of the analog Echo-Plex units (anybody remember them?) that were very popular in the 70's. We used Karlette to spice up some of the section endings.
Finally, each track had a corresponding 100% wet reverb track blended in with it to create the ambiance of singing in a large church. These reverb tracks were created by using:
Main bus had one effect which was used for dithering down from 24 bits to 16 bits: