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Song 20 - Marching To Zion
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Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:05 pm ]
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The new tune comes from the deep recesses of my childhood memories. I don't know the history of this one, but I found it in a shape-note hymnal I have.

I know not everyone's into early American, which on the surface this seems to be, but take a listen and:

Think jig.

Or whatever your imagination chooses to do with it. :D



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

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

http://praisewhistlers.org/exchange/son ... tozion.MID

Author:  Blackhawk [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:39 pm ]
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Connie, do you have the lyrics? I could look them up myself but it might be a different version than you have here, so the phrasing might be different. It helps me a lot to have lyrics as I'm learning. Thanks!

Author:  ConnieS [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:42 pm ]
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I'll get them for you by tomorrow at the latest.

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:55 pm ]
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And a fully orchestrated version with a six part harmony at the same time please.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:04 pm ]
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Adrian wrote:
And a fully orchestrated version with a six part harmony at the same time please.
Yes, that, as well as someone to play it for me.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:05 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
I'll get them for you by tomorrow at the latest.
Thanks, Connie. :)

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:14 pm ]
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A round of applause for Connie please!

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

Thank you for all your hard work (and for choosing easy tunes).

Author:  shadoes [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:59 am ]
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The phrasing does seem a bit different from what I am used to in the chorus heh. Have to dig up my copy of it ad see for sure.

Author:  ConnieS [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:39 am ]
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These words I found are the same as the words I have in my hymnal (which I've misplaced :roll: ). But this is really cool, because Isaac Watts wrote a whole bunch of verses I've never heard, which could be my theme song. :mrgreen: Especially that verse two.

Plus, I learned more about it. The verses were written by Isaac Watts. The chorus and the tune were written by Robert Lowry, who I guess had a big influence on the later southern gospel music movement. Thus the early American feel, I guess. Interesting--the verses read like Isaac Watts material, the chorus definitely a Robert Lowry, Great Awakening-type feel. (Someday I want to do a study and teach on the history of revivals and their hymns.)

Come, we that lo-ove the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

Refrain

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.

The sorrows of the mind
Be banished from the place;
Religion never was designed
Religion never was designed,
To make our pleasures less,
To make our pleasures less.

Refrain

The God that rules on high,
And thunders when He please,
Who rides upon the stormy sky,
Who rides upon the stormy sky,
And manages the seas,
And manages the seas.

Refrain

This awful God is ours,
Our Father and our Love;
He will send down his heav’nly powers,
He will send down his heav’nly powers,
To carry us above,
To carry us above.

Refrain

There we shall see His face,
And never, never sin!
There, from the rivers of His grace,
There, from the rivers of His grace,
Drink endless pleasures in,
Drink endless pleasures in.

Refrain

Yea, and before we rise,
To that immortal state,
The thoughts of such amazing bliss,
The thoughts of such amazing bliss,
Should constant joys create,
Should constant joys create.

Refrain

The men of grace have found,
Glory begun below.
Celestial fruits on earthly ground
Celestial fruits on earthly ground
From faith and hope may grow,
From faith and hope may grow.

Refrain

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.

Refrain

Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.

Refrain

Author:  ConnieS [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:42 am ]
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Adrian wrote:
And a fully orchestrated version with a six part harmony at the same time please.


Would you care for any supplemental instruments?

Author:  ConnieS [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:43 am ]
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Blackhawk wrote:
Adrian wrote:
And a fully orchestrated version with a six part harmony at the same time please.
Yes, that, as well as someone to play it for me.


Okay, now THAT'S where I draw the line! :mrgreen: I want to hear you play one of your fine instruments, Blackhawk. In fact, if you're thinking of selling anything to finance your trip to China, play it on that one, please. :D

Author:  whistlenut [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:18 am ]
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Amy Grant does a beautiful version of this song on one of her cds. It includes Scottish bagpipes. Mom got to try it through a music trial group she belonged to at one time. The hole thing was traditional hymns, which she did according to her stile. I only liked that one song off the hole thing.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:16 pm ]
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Thanks for the words, Connie!

Author:  ConnieS [ Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:44 pm ]
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Adrian gives us the first rendition of Marching to Zion:

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

And his concise explanation:

Quote:
Burke DBSBT

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:03 pm ]
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Here's one from Ren-Tin-10:

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


He says:

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All-mandolin version. ;)

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:14 am ]
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Ren, I very much like that early American sound you've got there.

Author:  Judy K [ Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:39 am ]
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Whoa ... started out with Adrian's, which had me enjoying the Celtic twist on the ornaments -- then with Ren's I get drop-kicked deep in the Ozarks. What a remarkable difference between the two ... and great versions both!

Adrian ... wish I had half of your ability with ornaments.

Ren ... wish I had half of your talent in all the instruments you have command over.


=D> =D> =D>

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:26 am ]
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Judy K wrote:
with Ren's I get drop-kicked deep in the Ozarks.


You must know where I live. ;)

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:53 pm ]
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Blackhawk sends two versions--he couldn't decide, although he favors the Syn version, the second one. He left the choice up to me. :?: I can't really decide either, so here they both are.

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

Blackhawk's information on this one:
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It was played on my Humphrey Bnat.




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

About this one he says:
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I uploaded a second version of Marching to Zion, on my Syn C.

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:59 pm ]
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Blackhawk, I couldn't decide which one because I liked them BOTH. You're playing superbly these days. :D I do, however, lean toward the Humphrey.

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:01 pm ]
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Adrian, I just realized I never commented on your Marching to Zion, and I liked it VERY much. I had a feeling this would sound nice all Celticized, and you proved it was very do-able. Nice, happy playing. True art.

Author:  shadoes [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:13 pm ]
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I like the Syn version myself. hehe split vote!

Author:  Blackhawk [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:25 pm ]
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shadoes wrote:
I like the Syn version myself. hehe split vote!
Thank you, both! I much preferred the Syn too, and was thinking I should have deleted the Humphrey, but if you like it, Connie, then I'm glad I didn't delete it.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:27 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Adrian, I just realized I never commented on your Marching to Zion, and I liked it VERY much. I had a feeling this would sound nice all Celticized, and you proved it was very do-able. Nice, happy playing. True art.
I've been meaning to comment on that, too. Adrian, you have inspired me to begin using rolls. Man oh man, I love your version with so many well done rolls! My playing is like a kindergarten kid compared to yours, but now I have something to shoot for after hearing this.

Author:  Adrian [ Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:17 am ]
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Blackhawk wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
Adrian, I just realized I never commented on your Marching to Zion, and I liked it VERY much. I had a feeling this would sound nice all Celticized, and you proved it was very do-able. Nice, happy playing. True art.
I've been meaning to comment on that, too. Adrian, you have inspired me to begin using rolls. Man oh man, I love your version with so many well done rolls! My playing is like a kindergarten kid compared to yours, but now I have something to shoot for after hearing this.


Yikes, I still feel like a beginner - really! I am trying to work hard to improve though. My inspiration is Blackhawk and Jim as their posting gave me courage to post some clips in the first place and also Keith as he played something with very nice ornamentation some months back that made me work on ornamentation much more seriously ever since.

What I would like is to have a real expert like Lisa or someone give us a mentor example of how they would play each TPE hymn to give it a Celtic flavour. I think this would be enormously helpful to us all.

Thank you for your kind words.

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