a (not quite) silent night 2

I got distracted in my last post. Although the title fits my recent activities, I was really headed toward Christmas Eve. It was going to be quite simple this year (I’m assuming my gentle readers–all three or four–are quite aware of my work as a church organist). Then I was asked to play a late service. A reasonable 30-minute drive, with only a slight bit of panic as I leave later than planned and encounter unexpected traffic, and I’m good for another hour and a half! So I said no thank you…the first time.

The Director called back. Couldn’t find anyone else. Could I play even though I had some time constraints? Soft spot for colleague in a jam. Last bit of cash for the year didn’t hurt…

The biggest time crunch comes at the end of the service at the church I serve regularly. At the end of the service, everyone files out to the courtyard for a rendition of Silent Night, holding something resembling a candle. So I have to play some transition music while getting ready to lead the singing and clean up music, instruments, and so on for a speedy departure. I decided that an electronic setting of SN might help–not thinking (as my spouse lovingly pointed out) that I would still have to put the keyboard away. I’ll find a workable solution in the next few days.

In the meantime, I’ve had fun creating an arrangement of SN, starting with some orchestral instruments (well, electronic versions of same). I saved the result as a .wav file, loaded it into Audacity (a great little program at a wonderful price), tinkered with it a bit (normalize, some bass boost, plus some delay), and here you are: Silent Night Sequence.

Merry Christmas. May the new year bring lots of music to your ears.

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2 Responses to a (not quite) silent night 2

  1. will blouin says:

    Merry Christmas!

    I really enjoyed your Silent Night Sequence…It has been a long time since I’ve heard your work. Warmest wishes for the holidays!

  2. Robert Train Adams says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Will. It is great to hear from you. It looks as though you’ve been up to some interesting things. It would be fun to chat sometime.

    best wishes

    rta

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