Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

I love coming up with new arrangements of very familiar hymns.  It is always fascinating to see folks’ faces light up as they sing a song from their childhood in a new way.  And there is always a few people that will stop me and say how they took notice of the lyrics for the first time in a long while.

Well here is one from when I was leading at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC.

The idea for this arrangement came one Sunday as I was sitting in the congregation at my brother-in-law’s church.  The choir’s anthem began with a simple change from the minor I to the sixth, and that just got my mind rolling.  Something simple, something with a bit of soul, something haunting, something memorable.  The next morning I sat down and finished out the song.  The bridge was an effort to bring a major lift because so much of the song sits in the minor scale and I felt it was beginning to lose the effect of the nice shift from the major one to the minor one in the chorus.

Here is is:

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