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not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very
good! . . . I dont think that I have ever given such high
ratings to so many songs before. But
the fact is that they are well deserved because the
music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they
really get to your heart. . .everytime."
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A Mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe-
His craft and powr are great,
And, armed with cruel hat,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of Gods own choosing.
Dost ask what that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He --
Lord Sabaoth His name,
From age to age the same,
And H must win the battle.
And though this world with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us,
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him-
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure:
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powrs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also-
The body they may kill;
Gods truth abideth still:
His kingdom is forever.
Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton
. . .With You by my side I will not fear. . .for You are with me. . .to subdue evil. . .to sustain me. . .and see me to the end. A subtle piano accompanied by lush strings swell with praise and adoration of the God who protects us.
This hymn is one of the most significant in church history. It was written by Martin Luther on his way to the Diet of Worms. He was invited to this meeting by the Holy Roman Emperor and the pope under the guise that they were interested in hearing his views that conflicted with the objectives of the religious establishment of his day. Actually the counsel was set up as a trap. First it was their intention to humiliate Luther and then murder him on his way home.
Luther knew his life and reputation were at risk, but he went nonetheless. On the way, he was comforted by the words of Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3) It was then that Luther penned this famous hymn.
As it turned out, Luther was craftier than his adversaries and defended his cause in the meeting with authority and eloquence. On the way home, as he was travelling in his carriage in the forest, friendly Prince Philip kidnapped Luther and kept him in his castle, protecting him from eminent harm. Indeed, God was true to His word!!!!
Because of its historical significance I have been wanting to do an arrangement to this hymn for a long time. Most of the time when I hear it, it is rendered a little more staunch than I wanted in this case. After several attempts with many instruments I settled on a light piano accented by guitars and melodic strings. The results were very effective causing my youngest son, Brett, to conclude that it was very peaceful. Vanessa concurred.
God is our peace in the midst of the storm. As you listen to this great hymn, remember that He will protect you regardless of the obstacles and enemies of God that you might face.
Be, Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art --
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor mans empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance. now and always,
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heavens joys, O bright heavens Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton
To see is to know. . .to know is to be free. Lightly caressing the joy of everlasting peace. . .while wisdom directs our eyes to the Savior of all. . .we cling to the garment of the One who has delivered us . . .walking and waiting in the light of His presence.
Between 500 and 700 AD the Irish church was filled with missionary zeal, laboring in Scotland and Switzerland. One of these missionaries was Columba of county of Donegal and was known as one of the poets of the Irish church. His biographer says: Certain spiritual songs, which had never been heard before, he was heard to sing.
Though Be Thou My Vision is anonymous, it came out in the seventh or eighth century, shortly after the time of Columba of Donegal. It is filled with numerous titles of God. The word vision is used to indicate not only what we focus on but also what we strive for.
When I first heard this hymn performed by Glad on their A Cappella album I was immediately enamored with it. The Irish-like melody captivated me from the start. Then when I listened to the personal words that it conveyed I was a gonner!
Originally I intended that this arrangement would be a backup for vocals. However, when Vanessa and I decided that I should begin a piano solo CD this song came immediately to mind. Therefore, I finished laying the piano tracs and mixed it down as you hear it now.
The piano melody is really cool. It begins playing the simple melody in the first go-around. Then, as the song progresses the piano diverges into various improvisations as cellos and other instruments carry the melody. I like it so much as it is that I wonder if Ill ever add vocals. Well see.
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