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More about Loren Erickson:
My first introduction to music was playing the trumpet in an elementary school band. How many of those do you see anymore? In Junior High I took up singing and performed in various choirs and musicals through high school and college. When I was called as ward music chairman and took on the additional responsibilities of ward choir director, I wanted to see of I could arrange music for the choir. Many of those early attempts were...well...awful. But I had a very forgiving Bishop and patient accompanists and choir and I continued to learn. I am now stake music chairman and have inflicted slightly less atrocious arrangements on otherwise unsuspecting congregations. I also currently sing with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, a multi-denominational choral movement spanning five western states in the USA. My experience in MCO has had a profound influence on how I look at music, what it means, and why it is important to understand meaning behind notes and lyrics when performing it. I hope that what I leave here is not as awful as I have suggested that it might be with this introduction, but either way, know that there is a little piece of my soul in everything you will find from me here. Please provide feedback on my work. That is the only way I will learn.
Song background:

One of the most tragic stories in the history of literature birthed one of the most beautiful manifestations of trust and faith in the Lord.  Horatio G. Spafford and his wife lost their entire family in a short period of time.  These words we penned as Horatio sailed over the spot where not long before his four daughters were killed in a tragic accident at sea.  Living in the shadow of Wilberg's magnificent arrangement of this hymn, I tried to pay homage to both Spafford and Wilberg without clinging too closely to their coat tails.  Most notably the accompaniment was inspired by the first line "when peace like a river," and might be somewhat challenging on the organ. 

It is voiced quite high, but in my defense that A at the end is noted as optional.  Still, I believe there's a ward/stake choir out there somewhere that could pull this off.  

See what you think.  Feedback is always welcome.

NOTE: Without intending any disrespect to Spafford and the words that were wrung from his soul at the time I did change one phrase at the beginning of verse two.  If this offends you then I'm sorry, but I cannot and will not sing about the adversary in any context.  

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