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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.
This hymn is short and sweet, but contains pretty much everything the Gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer. I love this hymn because the harmonies are so close even in the hymn book, which I have tried to emphasize in this arrangement. This is meant to be sung a capella. In the mens verse, might be better to split the lower parts between baritone and bass, rather than 1st and 2nd tenor. Depends on the makeup of your choir. The thing I love about this song most is the title. "A green hill." Have you ever seen Golgotha depicted as a lush place where vegitation thrives? I haven't been to the holy land, but I understand that what we see in paintings and other dramatizations is pretty accurate. It is a bleak and barren place. So why is it "a green hill"? Because it IS a place of life. The life that the Savior grants each of us if we repent and follow Him.