Struggling Saints – Songtime

Dispersed Choir

I was talking with people on twitter the other day where people were responding to the recent blessing UK song. We thought it was great, but that it wasn’t a very inclusive song, with very few disabled voices and no signing or captions.

We thought it might be a good idea to do a song of our own.

Timeline of a song

I think that at some point our church buildings will reopen, not simply for an individual, but for people to come back together. My fear is that having moved online and seen the benefits of connecting together that there may be a celebration when people come back together which we may be left out of.

I want to provide a music video for churches to play in their services (Where singing is unlikely to be allowed) that reminds them that some of us will still be isolated and separated as we ever were.

This video should reflect all groups of people who cannot return to churches and even those who may return, but are aware of us not being there. It should be captioned and signed in all venues and should be to the glory of God!

As my background is in Music (I’m a french horn player and arranger of music) I took today to try to put something together and this is where I am at so far.

Overnight I took a poll of music which was won by Matt Redman – Bless the Lord
Unfortunately I don’t have the music for that at home and I decided that it might be technically quite hard with my particular skills – Sorry

I have instead taken the 2nd and 3rd place songs and put them together in what I hope is an interesting way.

Process for production

1 – Backing Track

For this process to work we will all need to be recorded singing (and signing) to a backing track.

This will be a rhythm heavy mix that we can listen to through headphones while we sing along.

Backing Track First Version

2 – Singing Parts

I have produced a score for four part harmonies which it would be great if anyone is able to sing them – they will add an interesting blend to the final mix. However anyone should be able to sing this so I have also produced a tune part for people to sing and will put the lyrics in order on here soon,

This is the full Score

These are the Parts – Starting with the Soprano (or tune part)

The Lyrics in order of the backing track

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
in the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
lift up your voices the Lord is near
lift up your voices the Lord is near

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
in the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
lift up your voices the Lord is near
lift up your voices the Lord is near

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
in the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
lift up your voices the Lord is near
lift up your voices the Lord is near

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
and grace will lead me home

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
in the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
lift up your voices the Lord is near
lift up your voices the Lord is near

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

The Next phase

Before we start recording our videos I want to get some advice from people who are blind or deaf about how best to make the video as inclusive as we possibly can.

I also will need to talk to someone who has more skills in video tech than I do. So for now, keep singing you parts and/or the tune along with the backing track, so you can get used to it and I’ll be in touch soon

If you do want to take part it please send me an email to timrourke.churcharmy@gmail.com so I can let you know what to do next.

If you want to keep up to date follow me on twitter @TimRourkeCA

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