MUSICALLY INTERPRETING the HYMNS of the 1800s... A LOST ART

Exploring Hymns & Spirituals on

My Acoustic Guitar

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I Pour Through Old Hymnbooks Looking for Brilliance,

Much of which is Being Lost with Time

The O' Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack had a profound effect on me. Most don't realize the majority of the musical material were hymns derived from the 1800s. The Coen Bros. correctly depicted the Great Depression had many turning back to the spiritually-centered music of yesteryear for comfort. I especially loved their homage to the African-American Spirituals. However, navigating the music from that era can be musically challenging. Which reminds me of one of my favorite jokes:

Question: "How do you get a guitarist to play quietly?"

Answer: "You put music in front of him!"

I have my parents to thank for my musical theory training which enables me to read and arrange music. I was destined to the confines of tablatures and chord shapes without their support. And I'm grateful to the unconventional musical artists of the 80s (i.e. Danny Elfman, Sting, Mark Mothersbaugh) who taught me throwing out the rule book was the proper approach to music.

So I find solace in researching, arranging, and performing my own take on the works found in the public domain (pre-1927). I hope you find as much peace in them as I do in playing them; these days can be as trying as when the Soggy Bottom Boys were pickin' and a singing.

And I hope you decide to follow and support my evolving work — I am always making new discoveries.

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