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Song 11 - Shall We Gather At the River
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Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:45 pm ]
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Okay, as promised, here it is. Shall We Gather At the River.

Here's the pdf file with notation:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... herpdf.pdf

And here's a midi of it:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... ermidi.mp3

The rhythm is a little tricky on this one, but that makes it fun once you get the hang of it.

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:57 pm ]
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And the first submission is from Keith:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_khl.mp3

He writes:

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Mack recently made me a one of a kind wood (Koa) whistle. It's really a thing of beauty...Eventually I want to put a picture of the whistle there.

Author:  gregoryturner [ Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:12 pm ]
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Just printed and download it. I will learn it soon...

I willing to learn anything. I am whistle crazy...

(addicting little thing idn't it;)

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:01 pm ]
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Yay Gregory! Please post your finished product so we can all enjoy it. Instructions are above this thread in a Praise Exchange sticky thread.

Yeah, addictive isn't the half of it!!

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:20 am ]
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This reminds me of a joke I heard:

One Sunday morning, at the end of a blistering sermon on the evils of alcohol, the preacher says, "If any of you have beer in your house, take it to the river and dump it. If any of you have wine in your house, take it to the river and dump it. If any of you have whiskey in your house, take it to the river and dump it."

The songleader came up to start the closing hymn. Looking red-faced and rather sheepish, he announces, "Our closing hymn today is number 235, Shall We Gather at the River."

Author:  ConnieS [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Song 11 - Shall We Gather At the River

Some interesting facts about this song:

It was written by Robert Lowry in 1864. Although a prolific songwriter, Lowry would have considered himself first and foremost a minister of the gospel. He wrote music on the side.

Although Lowry ministered in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, this song has been classified as a "White Gospel" song, meaning it's often sung as a southern gospel song.

Here's the first verse and chorus of the song:

Shall we gather at the river
Where bright angels' feet have trod
With it's crystal tides forever
Flowing by the throne of God

Yes, we'll gather at the river.
The beautiful, the beautiful, river.
Gather with the saints at the river,
That flows by the throne of God

Robert Lowry wrote:
One afternoon in July, 1864, when I was pastor at Hanson Place Baptist Church, Brooklyn, the weather was oppressively hot, and I was lying on a lounge in a state of physical exhaustion…My imagination began to take itself wings. Visions of the future passed before me with startling vividness. The imagery of the apocalypse took the form of a tableau. Brightest of all were the throne, the heavenly river, and the gathering of the saints.
I began to wonder why the hymn writers had said so much about the “river of death” and so little about the “pure water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb.” As I mused, the words began to construct themselves. They came first as a question of Christian inquiry, “Shall we gather?” Then they broke in chorus, “Yes, we’ll gather.” On this question and answer the hymn developed itself. The music came with the hymn.



Praise Whistlers' gathering at the river someday? See ya there!!

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:46 pm ]
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Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3

He says:
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I used a Syn Eb.

Author:  khl [ Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:26 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3
He says:
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I used a Syn Eb.

I like that a lot, jrc. I generally prefer this tune played on lower whistles, but the step up from the D is really nice. Good sound from the Syn.

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:59 am ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3

He says:
Quote:
I used a Syn Eb.


I like this. Not really my favorite tune but I thought jrc put a lot into making it special. Some interesting ideas about ornamenting it (for me to learn from and steal ;) ). I enjoyed the sound of the Syn.

Author:  jrc [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:30 am ]
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Adrian wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3

He says:
Quote:
I used a Syn Eb.


I like this. Not really my favorite tune but I thought jrc put a lot into making it special. Some interesting ideas about ornamenting it (for me to learn from and steal ;) ). I enjoyed the sound of the Syn.


The ornamentation is that way because I have NO CLUE what would be done traditionally :oops: .

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:21 am ]
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jrc wrote:
Adrian wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3

He says:
Quote:
I used a Syn Eb.


I like this. Not really my favorite tune but I thought jrc put a lot into making it special. Some interesting ideas about ornamenting it (for me to learn from and steal ;) ). I enjoyed the sound of the Syn.


The ornamentation is that way because I have NO CLUE what would be done traditionally :oops: .


Well, as this is a Southern Gospel song, traditionally, there would be no whistle at all, so when it comes to ornamentation, the sky's the limit. 8)

So what is proper whistle ornamentation, anyway? Of course, you hear it in Irish music, but you also hear it quite a bit in South African Kwela music and in Vietnamese music, and they all do it differently.

Author:  jrc [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:26 am ]
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I'm going for the blues/jazz/Itrad sound. 8)

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :P

jrc

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:16 am ]
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Here's one from Ren-Tin-10:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... ntin10.mp3

He says:

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Instruments used: Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Yamaha Keyboard (Electric Piano, Drum Machine, and Organ).

(Note: No dreadlocks were harmed in the making of this tune.)

Author:  KittyR [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:57 pm ]
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Ya mon!

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:01 pm ]
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KittyR wrote:
Ya mon!


Yes, I went WAAAAAAY south for this piece of Southern Gospel. :mrgreen:

Author:  Judy K [ Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:15 am ]
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Since this is a Southern Gospel classic ..... I gotta 'borrow' from another southern classic (Hee Haw) and say .....

SALUTE! :salute: I've enjoyed all of them! :sunny2:

Connie, I loved your 'interesting facts' on the song. What a neat addition to TPE -- the words, the background .... it really adds an extra dimension to the song.

Author:  ConnieS [ Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:46 pm ]
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jrc wrote:
I'm going for the blues/jazz/Itrad sound. 8)

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :P

jrc


Whatever you were going for, jrc, I liked it! The ornamentation was different, interesting, and worth stealing (ahem...borrowing). Very nice!

Author:  ConnieS [ Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:53 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
And the first submission is from Keith:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_khl.mp3

He writes:

Quote:
Mack recently made me a one of a kind wood (Koa) whistle. It's really a thing of beauty...Eventually I want to put a picture of the whistle there.


Keith, I like your rendition. Sounds good on a wood whistle. Mack did a nice job making that one--sounds great. I'm looking forward to hearing more tunes done on your Mack koa. Or whatever you call it. :)

Author:  ConnieS [ Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:56 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Here's one from Ren-Tin-10:

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... ntin10.mp3

He says:

Quote:
Instruments used: Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Yamaha Keyboard (Electric Piano, Drum Machine, and Organ).

(Note: No dreadlocks were harmed in the making of this tune.)


8)! Very, very 8)! Glad to hear this is a dreadlock-friendly number. :lol:

Author:  Adrian [ Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:52 pm ]
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Ren-Tin-10 wrote:
jrc wrote:
Adrian wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
Here's a clip from jrc:
http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... er_jrc.mp3

He says:
Quote:
I used a Syn Eb.


I like this. Not really my favorite tune but I thought jrc put a lot into making it special. Some interesting ideas about ornamenting it (for me to learn from and steal ;) ). I enjoyed the sound of the Syn.


The ornamentation is that way because I have NO CLUE what would be done traditionally :oops: .


Well, as this is a Southern Gospel song, traditionally, there would be no whistle at all, so when it comes to ornamentation, the sky's the limit. 8)

[b]So what is proper whistle ornamentation, anyway? [b]


ANYTHING other than the actual melody notes! ;)

In my travels I have collected whistle or flute music from many of the countries I have visited. Ren-Tin-10 is quite right that whistlers from every country are are all a bit different in their approach to ornamentation. I think it is fair game for us to use ANY ornamentation. To the best of my knowlege PWA is not about Irish music but about worship music, even if most of us here like ITM . I liked the jrc recording as there are new creative ideas to learn. I'm waffling.

Author:  ConnieS [ Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:39 pm ]
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Blackhawk just posted this version of Shall We Gather on his Syn C.

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... ckhawk.mp3

Author:  khl [ Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:46 pm ]
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Blackhawk, I'm glad you posted this since only a few folks had and it's actually a nice tune. Thanks.

You really do like that Syn C. A good choice for this tune (as for many others).

Author:  Blackhawk [ Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:00 am ]
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khl wrote:
Blackhawk, I'm glad you posted this since only a few folks had and it's actually a nice tune. Thanks.

You really do like that Syn C. A good choice for this tune (as for many others).
:) It's a very nice whistle. :)

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