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Jesus Loves Me

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Jesus loves me this I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong,

They are weak but He is strong.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me He who died,

Heaven’s gate to open wide;

He will wash away my sin,

Let this little child come in.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me He will stay,

Close beside me all the way;

Thou has bled and died for me,

I will hence-forth live for Thee.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

 

Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

 

“. . .anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Vanessa brings the simplicity of the gospel to life with a tender rendition of this classic children’s song.  Luscious harmonies tell of Vanessa’s deep craving for her Savior who loves his children with everlasting faithfulness.  They will grab you in a way that only this song can.

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Song Story

Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Matt 10:15)

 

The famous theologian, Karl Barth, was once asked what he thought was the most profound truth of the Christian faith.  Thoughtfully he responded, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

 

Anna Warner wrote the words to this song as a poem that was to go into one of her sister’s (Susan) best selling novels.  In the story, this was to be a poem of comfort spoken to a dying child.  No doubt it has become the most beloved children’s song in Christian history!

 

I do not know if I have ever heard a song with such deep spiritual insight as what is proclaimed in this simple song.  I literally brings me to tears every time I hear it or perform it.  What profound insight is always proclaimed when the singer (whether child or adult) sings of the fathomless depths of the love of God!  What an awesome statement is made when the authority of the Scriptures are maintained as the voice cries out with passion and resolve!

 

The most impressive rendition of this song that I ever heard occurred decades ago.  This was in the early ‘80s when I was music pastor for Calvary Chapel Bakersfield.  During those years we held monthly evangelical concerts at the Civic Auditorium where literally hundreds of kids came to know the Lord nightly.  One of these concerts featured the Benny Hester Band.  Kelly Willard opened the show and her performance was always simple; just Kelley and the piano.  During her set she spontaneously broke into “Jesus Loves Me”.  The simple rendition drove me to tears.

 

Ever since that night I have wanted to create an arrangement for that song, though the idea had drifted to the back of my mind.  One day, early in 2000, I was browsing my hymnal looking for the next hymn that we would put out on the Internet.  It was then that I came across “Jesus Loves Me”.  Immediately I knew it would be perfect for Vanessa, so I proceeded to put together an instrumental arrangement for her.  Though it turned out to be extraordinary, it only took a “long” night to complete.  I soon played it for Vanessa and she went “crazy” over it.

 

When we went to lay the vocals, I knew it would work for her, and it did.  In fact, she laid down her parts in less than an hour.  Soon I was at the mixing console doing the final mix.  After that was completed, I sat back to listen to the DAT tape to make certain everything came out all right.  Indeed it did, and I found that I had tears swelling out of my eyes soon enough.

 

I am certain this song will touch you with the simplicity of its profound truth.  Vanessa’s melodic harmonies over a soft piano, light acoustic guitars, sonorous strings, full B3 and quiet rhythm section will grab you in a way that only this song can.

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My Jesus I Love Thee

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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.

 

I love Thee, because Thou has first loved me,

And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;

I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,

And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;

And say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

In mansions of glory and endless delight,

I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;

I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

Arrangement Copyright 1999 Don Wigton

  

Dave and Laurie join Vanessa to sing this favorite hymn with awesome harmonies that bring it to life. William R. Featherstone wrote this song when he was 16 years of age.  The hymn tells us that one day we will praise God in mansions of glory.  It was not long after he wrote this song that William came before the throne. He died in his early ‘20s.  Yet his words live on to inspire the worship of Christians.

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Song Story

William Featherstone was only 16 when he wrote this song shortly after his conversion in 1862.  He died on his 27th birthday and this was the only hymn that he wrote.

 

Featherstone had sent the poem to his aunt in Los Angeles.  She turned around and sent it to England where it appeared in The London Hymnbook of 1864.  It was back in Boston Massachusetts that a Baptist minister, A. J .Gordon, while preparing a hymnal for Baptist congregations, saw the song in the British hymnal.  He didn’t like the music that Featherstone had written so he made his own music up “in a moment of inspiration” as “a beautiful new air sang itself to me.”  The hymn was soon sung across America.

 

For years Vanessa has told me that she wanted this hymn played at her funeral.  Of course, with that directive looming over my head I had to make an arrangement for it.  Since the hymn was so personal to her, it was only natural to ask her cousins to sing it with her.  So, we contacted Dave and Laurie to join Vanessa as we prepared the piece for a church service.

 

The harmonies just took off right from the beginning.  So, we decided to sing the last verse A Cappella.  The results were inspiring!  When we singing it in church the congregation flipped over it.

 

Now, if I am around for Vanessa’s funeral, there will be no way that I could perform this piece.  I doubt if Dave and Laurie could fare much better.  So, I made certain that we recorded this piece for posterity.  What we came up with will be played at Vanessa’s funeral some day.  In the mean time we can all enjoy the powerful message that it conveys and praise God that one day when we die we will live in mansions of glory to glorify Him forever.

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O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing

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I for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!

 

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,

To spread thro’ all the earth a broad the honors of Thy name.

 

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease,

“Tis music in the sinners’ ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace.

 

He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed form me.

 

He speaks, and listening to His voice, new life the dead receive;

The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

 

Hear Him, ye deaf, His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Savior come; and leap, ye lame, for joy.

 

Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

 

Charles Wesley wrote this famous hymn on the eleventh anniversary of his conversion to Christ.  This light and lively instrumental arrangement by Don Wigton captures intricate piano and acoustic guitar parts that intertwine with delicate melodic licks.  Over  this base stings and flutes play the melody that has become a favorite of the ages.  Wesley wrote the hymn to express the joy of his salvation.  This jubilant Wigtune instrumental version is sure to lift your spirit.

 

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Song Story

Sometimes, as we become older in the Lord, we forget the joy that is experienced by a new believer.  We overlook the great work that Christ did on the cross as He redeemed us from our sin.  Yet the joy of our salvation is at the very foundation of our thankful praise.

 

Charles Wesley, who along with his brother founded the Methodist Church, never forgot the marvelous fact that God had saved him.  Eleven years later he was so filled with praise to God that he penned “O For a Thousand Tongues” in commemoration the fact that God redeemed him from his sin.

 

The original title to the song was “For the Anniversary of One’s Conversion,” because he wrote it on May 21, 1749 on the eleventh anniversary of his own conversion.  Charles and his brother John were called “Methodists” because of the methods of spirituality that they had introduced in their club at Oxford, the Holy Club.  Later they met the Moravians, who influenced them in regards to the need to experience a conversion to be saved.  Hence they experienced personal conversion.

 

The Moravians were very missionary-minded and loved to sing.  One of the Moravian leaders, Peter Bohler, once said, “Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with all of them.”  Hence, Charles Wesley built his hymn around that phrase in celebration of the conversion that he experienced as a result of Bohler’s influence.

 

Charles had known from childhood that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin.  On May 21, 1738 he accepted and applied it personally.  This is what this hymn is all about.

 

The Wigtune arrangement of this songs comes from years of public worship services where I had the wonderful opportunity to lead congregational members in praise to God.  Amazingly, it only took a few hours to put the arrangement on tape.  It just seemed that one part lead to another as I composed as quickly as my fingers could play.

 

I attempted to capture the feeling of the times in which Wesley lived.  The result is an instrumental that is reminiscent of the minuet when the ladies of Europe would curtsey before the dashing men that whisked them off, dancing in the great aristocratic halls of old.

 

The brisk arrangement sets a very joyful mood to the exciting message of salvation contained in the words.  It begins with a piano quickly joined by an acoustic guitar that sounds like a lute (a guitar from centuries ago).  After the introduction strings and flutes graciously enter in on the melody.  Later in the piece a verse is gently played by the piano and guitar alone only to build from there to the conclusion.

 

There is no sorrow in this song of victory.  Salvation is something to rejoice in.  We pray that this arrangement will encourage you to experience the joy of your salvation.

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