A Special Invitation from RealJock StephenOABC to Hear Amazing Grace by a Beautiful Voice at the Church I Attended for Years, Marble Collegiate Church

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    Oct 24, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    I don't think we can embed so you'll have to click the link and then let us know what you think.

    http://youtu.be/k23DcaCvE6c

    Camellia Johnson is the soprano.
    Ken Dake is the organist.
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    Oct 24, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    The above is from the Kyle Rote memorial service.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/20/sports/plus-pro-football-memorial-service-held-for-rote.html
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    Oct 24, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    Here, she sings "Where You There When They Crucified My Lord?" at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

    http://youtu.be/cgMm7K0CGxw
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    Oct 24, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidI don't think we can embed so you'll have to click the link and then let us know what you think.

    http://youtu.be/k23DcaCvE6c

    Camellia Johnson is the soprano.
    Ken Dake is the organist.


    Surprisingly, she sang it very well. I was prepared for a distorted version that took extreme liberties with the original tune and was pleasantly surprised to find that she did not take liberties with it and sang it so well. She had a very well controlled vibrato.

    One of the things I dread about Christmas is that singers who are not content to sing the carols the way they are written completely slaughter them. The same thing is done with the National Anthem. If these people think that they're so good, they should write their own music from scratch rather than messing up what others have written.
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    Oct 24, 2014 7:39 PM GMT
    Music is always open to individual artists' interpretations.

    There is no one perfect rendition-in fact what you are hearing is often the product of ongoing development.


    I love hearing many different interpretations of a song
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    Oct 24, 2014 10:06 PM GMT
    She did indeed sing Amazing Grace quite beautifully. I think the organist however was trying too hard to get equal attention - forgot his role as accompanist.
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    Oct 25, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    ozmuscle2 saidMusic is always open to individual artists' interpretations.

    There is no one perfect rendition-in fact what you are hearing is often the product of ongoing development.


    I love hearing many different interpretations of a song


    There is a difference between interpreting and completely slaughtering a tune. Some interpretations and variations are fine, but some are completely tasteless.
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    Oct 25, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    gr8tswim saidShe did indeed sing Amazing Grace quite beautifully. I think the organist however was trying too hard to get equal attention - forgot his role as accompanist.


    Fooling around with you got me crying.
    I re-listened to the video to see what you were talking 'bout, and when she got to

    "We've no less days
    to sing God's praise
    than when we first begun."

    When she did a retard at "we first...," it was so beautiful, I started crying.

    I composed myself and then thought I could check out the retard without crying. I got past the retard on "we" but started crying on "first."

    It's as if she's retarding in a way to take us back to the picture of the baby in 2001 a Space Odyssey.
    Her retard is cosmic.

    Dave-and-Earth-from-Stanley-Kubricks-200

    (Hey, I'm 52 and I am capable of getting a little sentimental about when I first begun.)

    The organist wasn't trying to get equal attention. It seems the game plan was this:

    1st verse - a cappella
    2nd verse - simple accompaniment (as written in hymn book )
    3rd verse - more than simple
    4th verse, when we've been there 10,000 years - requires a grander accompaniment

    However, Camellia did not build with the accompaniment.
    And, Ken, didn't tone down at the retard.

    Memorial services are not concerts. Sometimes we cannot be too fault-finding in these circumstances.
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    Oct 25, 2014 1:09 AM GMT
    Dave-and-Earth-from-Stanley-Kubricks-200



    When David Bowman went through the Star Gate after discovering Jupiter's monolith (Saturn's monolith in the book), he found himself in a white room in which he saw various life stages of himself. After that, he transformed into a fetus, and became a Star Child, an immortal being that resides within space.
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    Oct 30, 2014 3:01 AM GMT
    Another gem in this recording:

    Verse 2

    my heart was taught to fear
    grace, my fears re-lieved
    how precious did that grace appear

    Relief
    Relieve
    Yes, they are spelled -lief and -lieve
    but when she sings it, you subconsciously hear

    fears leave

    There are two messages there:

    return me to lief -- swap e and f, return me to life, for debilitating fear diminishes life

    Second, fears leave.

    Amen.
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    Oct 30, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    May grace be with us.
    May we develop a relationship with grace.

    Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come.

    'twas grace that brought me safe thus far.

    "May nothing hinder grace or me as safety accompanies me all the days of my life" is my prayer.