Text based on a sermon by Rev. Kim Wells, Corona Sabbath 32 posted 10/23/2020 http://lakewooducc.org/2020/10/23/corona-sabbath-32-compassion-reflection-text/
Reposting some hymn tune arrangements in honor of the Lenten season. Streaming links at hiltonkeanjones.hearnow.com/simple-hymns. MP3 downloads and CDs available at hiltonjones.bandcamp.com/music. FREE CDs available at Lakewood UCC church service.
Some exciting music in this list…many totally new to me. Looking forward to performing them.
|Feb 6, 2022|
|PRELUDE:||Tender Thought (from Ten Short Essays) – Ulysses Kay (USA 1917-95)†|
|MUSIC:||Lullaby – Bangambula Vindu (Congo b.1953) †|
|MUSIC:||Lead Me, Guide Me – Doris M. Akers (USA b.1922) ‡|
|MUSIC:||Dancing Barefoot in the Rain (from African Sketches) - Nkeiru Okoye (Nigeria/USA b.1972) †|
|OFFERTORY:||Sweet Mister Jelly Roll (from Portraits in Jazz) – Valarie Capers (USA b.1935) †|
|PREP FOR PRAYER:||Deep River – African-American spiritual (USA)|
|POSTLUDE:||Maple Leaf Rag- Joplin (USA)|
|Feb 13, 2022|
|PRELUDE:||Soufiane (from Mekta’ in the Art og Kita’ Book 2) – Halim El-Dabh (Egypt b.1921) †|
|MUSIC:||Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response – Robert Mawuena Kwami (Ghana 1954-2004) †|
|MUSIC:||God’s Eye Is On the Sparrow – Charles H. Gabriel (USA © 1905) ‡|
|MUSIC:||The Monk (from Portraits in Jazz) – Valarie Capers (USA b.1935) †|
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Listen free at soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/then-ill-know-fm. I’m writing a set of songs (words & music) open to either a spiritual or a secular interpretation. I asked a friend (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to record a demo for me. I think he did a super job! I recommend his services highly!
I’ve written a lot of music in almost 77 years. And arranged a lot. Played and improvised a ton more. When it comes to marketing, though, I’ve been a dismal failure. My usual approach is to write a piece and then put it in a drawer and forget it.
Beginning with the pandemic–I guess because we were stuck at home and insomnia demanded something to do in the wee hours–I began to record some of my stuff and to dig through my files to find stuff I’d written in the past.
The pandemic was a resurrection of sorts for me, creatively.
After getting into recording my stuff, now finally, I’m getting CDs made and digital albums online. Along with selling the CDs on Amazon and CD Baby, my stuff will also be on BandCamp, Spotify and iTunes.
All this is self-publishing, of course, but these days, indie publishing no longer suffers from the curse of being called “vanity” publishing. Technology has made that old point of view irrelevant. Indie publishing is self expression and countless, truly countless examples exist on the internet, every second, of the world’s interest in the self-expression of others. For sure, not everyone’s expression finds an immense audience, but that doesn’t matter. Expression is its own reward.
I encourage you to check out https://hiltonkeanjones.com/look-listen/.
Here’s the BandCamp links from that page…
Last week, I played an arrangement of Amazing Grace that is, more or less, a transcription of an orchestrated version that’s on simple hymns (currently a digital album, soon an audio CD). I’m going to try to make as many of my arrangements on simple hymns into piano solos as I can since it’s unlikely I’ll ever get to perform them with an orchestra but I definitely will get to perform them as piano solos! This solo piano version is available for purchase on SheetMusicPlus. But, for a couple week you’re welcome to download a complimentary copy below!
Sunday, Lakewood will celebrate All Saints Day. Of course, the postlude has to be Sine Nomine! I assembled this video for online devotional last year (year before? this pandemic has gone on SO long).
I think I wrote both the trumpet descants, but I honestly can’t remember. For a working church musician, stuff like that gets lost in the shuffle and is lucky to even get written down somewhere scribbled on the back of a church bulletin or penciled into some hymnal.I know the last descant is mine, but not sure of the first one. If someone knows of a source (other than me) for the first one, please let me know. I’ll be doing an organ solo version of this video for Sunday.
My arrangements of 19 tunes from the 1835 hymn collection, “Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion,” are now available as a downloadable digital album on Bandcamp. It’s still available for free streaming on SoundCloud. For those who prefer a more tangible form, an audio CD will be available on Amazon sometime in the next 6 weeks–link to come. Many thanks to all who have helped with this project, especially Nathan, my son and a graphic designer in Atlanta who did all the project artwork.
Earlier this week I posted a preview of 3 pieces by the early 20th Century, American composer Arthur Farwell which were settings of Native-American melodies I’ll be playing on Sunday’s celebration of Native-American ministry. That post is https://lakewooducc.org/2021/09/22/3-native-american-melodies-as-set-by-arthur-farwell/.
This morning’s post is a setting of my own of a Native-American melody. I’ve posted this video before but wanted to let you know I’ll be playing it as part of Sunday’s celebration.