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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Lyrics : Joseph Scriven (1819-1886)
As well as providing song previews in MP3 format as above, we are starting to try out a new format for song downloads - Ogg Vorbis, which is an alternative to the common MP3 format. We have found that Ogg Vorbis audio files are of a higher quality than comparable MP3 files. It is possible that your media player already supports Ogg format if you are using WinAmp in Windows or iTunes on a Mac. If you are, try downloading and playing the Ogg versions of What a Friend and see if you can hear the difference:
Background About the SongThis inspirational song started out as a poem written by Joseph M. Scriven to his ailing mother around the mid 1850's. It was later published in a book of poems. Some time later, Charles C. Converse put the words to music
Arranging and Performance NotesWhen selecting an old hymn or spiritual for arranging in a jazz idiom, there are a few factors to consider. One of the most important is the melodic rhythm and What a Friend We Have in Jesus sounds great when it's swung.
I began this arrangement with a formal, classical choir sound as an interesting way to get into the rest of the song.
Within this piece, there is a lot of harmonic, rhythmic and modulatory exploration. Actually, I learned so much from it that I feel my musical awareness, such as it is, is moving on to a higher level.
It's such a great tune, fun to arrange and I hope you like it.
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Mixing Details:Each track used the following effects bin inserts:
The fx-Delay effect was used in two ways. One fx-delay was placed in each track's effects bin to create a Haas effect, using a (short) delay time proportional to the stereo position of the vocal. Longer, rhythmic delays were used in aux-bus bins: two for the left channel and two for the right, one left/right pair to 1/4 note and 3 x 1/4 note values and the other set to 1/2 note and 3 x 1/2 note values (the latter left/right pair used at a much lower level).
The bass and tenor tracks were sung an octave up and then dropped down an octave using RBC Audio's Voice Tweaker.
For reverb, we created a 100% wet reverb track for each track and mixed it with the corresponding dry track. These reverb tracks were created using Sound Forge's Acoustic Mirror Impulse Response reverb plug-in with a IR file created at the Bethel Church in Boston.
The Main bus had one effect:
We're not completely satisfied with the mix yet, especially in our use of the reverb and delay effects, so we'll be working on it some more... stay tuned for an updated mix.