Praise Whistlers Abroad

Song 18 - Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
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Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:41 am ]
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We've worked on so many good, traditional hymns and gospel songs, I thought it may be time for something fun.

This is a different kind of traditional -- an African-American spiritual.

Here's a set of 3 files: 1) a pdf of the notes, 2) an mp3 of the tune, and 3) a midi of it for those who use midi controllers and other sorts of gadgetry. ... enotes.pdf ... simple.mp3 ... simple.MID

Jim pointed out that on the verses (the B part in the sheet music), there are lots of notes don't change, which can be a real challenge for whistlers. So here's an alternative tune, with more moving notes. Again, pdf, mp3 and midi. ... gnotes.pdf ... gnotes.mp3 ... gnotes.MID
(I've heard it done by choral groups in a style a lot like this.)

For the adventurous, here's a more authentic styling: ... ghtfun.mp3 ... ghtfun.MID

Getting the midi to make a blues shuffle was a challenge, but in the process I learned by trial and error how to notate blues shuffle. :D The notation is probably not of much use on this styling, but if you're curious, here's how I had to do it to get the sound: ... huffle.pdf

And finally, if you're not familiar with the song, these files contain a chorus, verse, and chorus. In this song the chorus is always done first.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:56 am ]
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It is free for interpretation isn't it? :D

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:58 pm ]
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Are you kiddin!? That stuff is just the three diving boards at the community pool. Once you're in the water it's up to you to swim, backstroke, dogpaddle or (like me) float back to the edge of the pool.

Author:  shadoes [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:09 pm ]
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Is screaming for the lifeguard an option?

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:16 pm ]
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There's no lifeguard. Hopefully that theory forum will give us a few floaties.

Author:  jimwasson [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:30 pm ]
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I'm nearly ready to jump in, although I'm not much of a diver. However, if I take the plunge, it will not be on whistle for this one. Will likely use a somewhat more boisterous instrument...

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:24 pm ]
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jimwasson wrote:
I'm nearly ready to jump in, although I'm not much of a diver. However, if I take the plunge, it will not be on whistle for this one. Will likely use a somewhat more boisterous instrument...


Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:57 am ]
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Oh, I'm excited about this one! One major bonus for me on this one is that I've heard it sung many times. I love it!

Author:  ConnieS [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:31 am ]
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Jim's the first one out with this one. ... wright.mp3

He says:

Used a Judy Bb ... used to live near New Orleans and have heard Jazz funerals ... playing slow going to the grave yard and peppy coming back. That is what I was going for.. this was a fun one.

Author:  Judy K [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:05 am ]
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Hmmm ... posted (officially) Wednesday, first out of the gate on Thursday is Jim. Wow ... speedy! :D

Nice job! :thumbsup:

Author:  shadoes [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:39 am ]
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This one will take me a bit to get to. I have shows all weekend swinging steel at folks as well as myh new pirate/sea shanty vocal group gathering for a practice session.

hehe here is a quick quote from my other favorite song about jericho

"Now Jericho was tightly shut up.. now went out and none came in..."

Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:30 pm ]
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Good job, Jim!

Author:  RonKiley [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:44 pm ]
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Good show Jim. I am still working on it.

Author:  khl [ Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:58 pm ]
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First out of the gate -- impressive, Jim. For my part, I'll be practicing for about 30 years before I've got this one ready.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:19 pm ]
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As I work on this, I realize it would help a lot to have the words so I can sing it in my mind as I play. And since it's a historical-folk kind of song, I know there may be many variations. Connie, can you post the lyrics you're thinking of as you play?


Author:  Adrian [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:50 am ]
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Sounds great over here in Greece mate!

Author:  Jim Wright [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:07 am ]
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Adrian wrote:
Sounds great over here in Greece mate!

Thanks .... can't imagine having to care for so many volunteers ... won't there be more than the Gypsies you are ministering to ... do you have to feed them as well? Do you have at least 5 fish and a few loaves of bread??? :D

Author:  ConnieS [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:50 am ]
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Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho Jericho,
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
And the walls came a'tumblin' down.

You may talk about your men of Gideon,
You may talk about your men of Saul,
But there's none like good ole' Joshua
At the battle of Jericho.

That morn-in'


[Here's another verse]
Right up to the walls of Jericho
He marched with spear in hand.
"Go blow them rams' horns," Joshua cried,
"Cause the battle is in God's hand."

That morn-in'

[One more verse finishes the story]
Then the lamb, ram & sheeps horns began to blow
And the trumpets began to sound.
He told them children, "Begin to shout!"
And the walls came a'tumblin' down.

That morn-in'

That's one set of lyrics. As Blackhawk said, there are many.

As always, do the song YOUR way.

P.S. If you need someone to sing it for you, Kitty could probably do the job. :mrgreen:

Author:  Blackhawk [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:51 pm ]
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Thanks for the lyrics, Connie! And yes, Kitty, now the spotlight is on YOU! :mrgreen:

Author:  Jim Wright [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:15 pm ]
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Dat dat da da da ... introducing ... Ms Kitty .. woman of many talents .. getting down on Joshua and the Jerico five!! :D

Author:  ConnieS [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:48 pm ]
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A version from khl: ... le_khl.mp3

This is played a Clare two piece brass D with Hoover White-cap, and a Burke DAN. The thing isn't perfect -- I'm rhythmically challenged and certainly not by natural temperament the jazzy, spiritual kind of player -- but I had about as much fun recording this as a person should be able to have.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:52 pm ]
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Nice job ... and bet you had a silly grin on your face when you played it back for the first time ... know I did!!! I am still playing it with just about every whistle I own ... and listening to how they sound. If I could ever get the Low D to behave ... think it would sound good with it.

This is one I just play for fun and even find myself slapping the steering wheel to the beat and singing it as I drive.

Hope Connie can find some more that are this fun .....

Come on in Blackhawk ... only problem you will have is trying to play and smile at the same time! :D

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:08 pm ]
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Jim: You definitely captured the Nawlins essence in that one. Smart move choosing a B-flat whistle - trumpets are in B-flat. 8)

KHL: Rhythmically challenged? Not on this one! :mrgreen:

Connie: Thanks for picking a winner of a tune. Challenging to our skills, but a real hoot to play. 8)

(There's one in C minor and one in E minor. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what key Jim E. did his Ren-dition in?) ;)

Author:  Judy K [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:48 pm ]
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What a fun version, Keith! \:D/ Foot-tapping music for sure!

Author:  khl [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:51 pm ]
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Thanks JimW, JimE, and Judy. I had a good time putting this together and liked the experience for a few moments here and there where the flow of it sort of took over.

You might be interested, JimW, that the first recording of this had a Low D playing one verse, followed by the two there now. I took it out because, though it is fun to play with the low D, I didn't have time enough to work with the to come up with something that worked with the other two. I wanted to start low, then another octave higher, then another. Aside from some problems playing the Low D (I've got to work with it more), adding it also made the song too long for what I wanted here and the particular ending I gave it. But the Low D can definitely work with this, so someone ought to give it a shot.

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