New Song - His Mercy

Posted by: Steve Young

New Song - His Mercy - 08/26/15 05:32 PM

This is another song for a worship project I am working on. I played the piano on this one, along with the strings, brass and percussion orchestral arrangements. Of course, the foundation is BB RealTracks and RealDrums. I hope you enjoy it!

His Mercy

Here are the RealTracks/RealDrums used...
RealTracks in song: 2475:Bass, Acoustic, HeldSimple Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1595:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop8thsSteady Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 542:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 676:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming FolkRockBritEighths Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: PraiseWorshipShine^02-a:Kick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

Have a great day!

Steve
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/26/15 06:30 PM

Really nice and comforting. Your vocals and arrangement are always spot on. Enjoyed my listen.

Charlie
Posted by: Curt Young

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/26/15 06:31 PM

Beautiful song, Steve!

Great message. The piano is fabulous...
Posted by: PgFantastic

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/27/15 01:38 AM

WOW Steve great tribute to Christ the King; amazing production work, beautiful is only one of the words that describe this piece; thanks for sharing! God bless you!
Posted by: boehm

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/27/15 09:33 AM

Hi Steve,

great arrangement, vocals and harmonies.
Very enjoyable listen.

Guenter
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/27/15 01:16 PM

Beyond the stars above
There is a crystal sea
And from a throne of love
He reaches out to me

That just knocked me out!! Beautiful song, and beautiful arrangement/vocals. I found myself wanting another verse (or two). I always expect great things from you Steve, and you never disappoint, but this may be favorite!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: RnAM

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/27/15 01:25 PM

Hi Steve,

Really beautiful music, vocals and harmonies!

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: gibson

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/28/15 07:10 PM

Beautiful, wonderful harmonies.
nice piano.

So relaxing and up to your normal extremely high standards.

Alyn
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/29/15 03:43 AM

Very pretty Steve. I would love to get my vocals as clear as yours.
Excellent. Rob.
Posted by: mwgilbert

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/29/15 10:48 AM

I am not one who generally listens to worship music, so my opinion is just a secular take on the song. You are a great singer and producer, and the sound of the song is so good it brings out the heartfelt nature of your faith! Your arrangement is impeccable. Thanks very much for sharing - a good listen.
Posted by: gruverider

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 12:18 AM

Beautiful and impeccable as always!
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 04:32 AM

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news......

There's a MAJOR PROBLEM with this song that no one has noticed.

Yes... it's a pretty song..... BUT....

Unfortunately, you have copied, note for note, the melody of another big Christian hit from a few years back called My Savior My God. Aaron Shust used that same exact melody.

The first time I played your song I realized I knew this melody. The opening notes and then when the singing started, yep, this is a copy of a hit song melody. I knew I had heard this before and had played it many times in church.

See for yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96P0bwvpbk4


You should reconsider the melody as it has been written already.
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 05:31 AM

Herb, thanks for pointing this out.

Actually I did not copy this song from anyone. I wrote it back the mid 80s when I was still the Minister of Music at Lakewood Church in Houston. It's been sung this way for over 30 years. I also released on a recording back in the 90's (which was widely uncirculated smile ) with my wife on the vocals on it.

I listened to Aaron's song, and acccording to CCLI, it was written and copyrighted in 2005. I don't know if Aaron copied my song or not, and I am not accusing him of such. I guess it is possible he could have heard it somewhere. Churches have been singing it for 30 years or so. Maybe he heard someone playing it somewhere and it stuck in the back of his head. Or it could just be a coincidence. Either way, unless he wrote it before he was born, I didn't copy it from him.

Thanks for your comments. I always appreciate hearing from you.

Steve
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 08:36 AM

Interesting.....

If your song was released in any manner to the public... which apparently it was, according to you.... then you have the original and first copyright.

SO I stand corrected..... Aaron Shust copied YOUR song, note for note. Yeah... it's a good melody and I'll bet there would be any number of music attorneys willing to represent you. AS's version was very popular.

Wikipedia: The song became a #1 hit on Christian radio by April 2006, and was the most played song of the year on Christian adult contemporary radio. It received the "Song of the Year" award at the GMA Dove Awards of 2007.[1]


BTW: Your version of this sounds good.
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 11:26 AM

By the second chord of the intro these two songs differ. This video from Aaron Shust may help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtiE6vaPZK0
Posted by: DaveBrooksMusic

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 11:58 AM

Wow!!! What a great inspirational song!!!! Yes, our God is King!!!

Loved it!!!

DB
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Really nice and comforting. Your vocals and arrangement are always spot on. Enjoyed my listen.

Charlie


Thanks so much, Charlie! Appreciate your kind words.

Originally Posted By: Curt Young
Beautiful song, Steve!

Great message. The piano is fabulous...


Thanks, Curt. Glad you enjoyed the piano!

Originally Posted By: PgFantastic
WOW Steve great tribute to Christ the King; amazing production work, beautiful is only one of the words that describe this piece; thanks for sharing! God bless you!


Thank you, Robert! Always good to hear from you! Blessings to you, my friend!
Posted by: dcuny

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/30/15 10:09 PM

As usual, a super job - nice write, excellent vocals, great production. Plus, it's covered in a heaping dose of sincerity.

After reading the "controversy" about the melody, your signature takes on a bit more irony... wink
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/31/15 08:55 AM

Steve,

A whole bunch of BEAUTIFUL!

Beautiful write.
Beautiful vocals.
Beautiful arrangement, production and mix.

So incredibly good. Your work is always impressive. This may stand at the top.

a big WOW.

floyd
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 08/31/15 09:12 AM

Steve,


Elegantly beautiful. Love everything about it.


Regards,

Bob
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 09/01/15 10:31 AM

Absolutely stunning production - one of the finest posted here.
I like Bob's description, "elegantly beautiful." The write, your playing,
the RT's and the vocals are picture perfect and all work together
so well in the arrangement.

This is one to pass on to family and friends.

So nice!

J&B
Posted by: Sergio Guarneri

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 09/01/15 12:32 PM

Hello Steve,

this is a very great song, real tracks, voice, harmony and
melody.

Very fine.

Hello.
Sergio
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 09/02/15 05:54 AM

Beautiful melody, and your piano playing adds so much to this gorgeous arrangement.
Kenny
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 09/02/15 11:32 AM

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Steve,

great arrangement, vocals and harmonies.
Very enjoyable listen.

Guenter


Thanks, Guenter! Glad you enjoyed. Always happy to hear from you.

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Beyond the stars above
There is a crystal sea
And from a throne of love
He reaches out to me

That just knocked me out!! Beautiful song, and beautiful arrangement/vocals. I found myself wanting another verse (or two). I always expect great things from you Steve, and you never disappoint, but this may be favorite!! Take care. Greg


Thank you so much, Greg! Glad you like this one. I thought about more verses, but this is already about 5 minutes long. Could use more verses for live worship, where songs can easily longer, though. Thanks again!

Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Steve,

Really beautiful music, vocals and harmonies!

Rob and Anne-Marie


Rob and Anne-Marie, your comments are very appreciated! Glad you like it.

Originally Posted By: gibson
Beautiful, wonderful harmonies.
nice piano.

So relaxing and up to your normal extremely high standards.

Alyn



Thanks, Alyn! (Good to see you actively contributing again. Hope your health is better!)
Glad you like the piano. Thanks so much for your very kind words!

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Very pretty Steve. I would love to get my vocals as clear as yours.
Excellent. Rob.


Thank you Rob! Glad you like this one. I always enjoy listening to your work as well!

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Steve
Posted by: Jim Fogle

Re: New Song - His Mercy - 09/03/15 06:22 PM

Just a beautiful sounding production from start to finish. This is what I aspire to be able to accomplish some day. Perfect arrangement, tracking, mix and mastering.

Love the message too.