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More about Dave Fackrell:
Since you’re here, I’ll tell you a little about myself. I am married, a father of 3 very active little boys, and I am an IT support engineer by profession. Arranging music is a hobby, and a creative outlet that my kids can’t mess up. I love to sing (I’m a baritone), and I have participated in many choirs over the years. I arranged my first hymn (O My Father) by hand way back in my college days, and when I found some inexpensive music composition software, I totally reworked it. I have been arranging hymns ever since. There have been several occasions when I have been asked to sing in church, and I could not find an arrangement of a particular song that I liked, so I did my own arrangement. This made the hymns a more personal, and heartfelt expression of my faith. I can truly say that my arrangements come through inspiration, with plenty of perspiration. I am currently serving as ward choir director, and this has given me more opportunities to arrange and hear my music performed. I’m no Mack Wilberg (directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would be awesome!), but I do love the hymns. Please enjoy my music and feel free to use any arrangement you like.
I decided to re-visit “Nearer, My God, To Thee” and do a solo version. The accompaniment is nearly the same as the choir version, but I did a little more experimentation on the melody for the vocal line. I generally don’t stray much from the original melody of a song in an effort to keep the spirit of it, but I think these variations still keep the reverence and spirit of the original hymn melody.
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