Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version)

Posted by: musician17

Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/25/21 02:30 AM

Nothing much to do this Sunday morning, so I thought I'd have a look at some of my old songs and covers ... long story short, I've re-done "Amazing Grace", which I'd first covered in 2019. This one is dedicated to Ed Shaw, who has always been ever so kindly enthusiastic about my little songs and arrangements, but particularly about this one, as I remember :-)

I just took the BIAB MIDI band below, took the RealDrums out and replaced the other MIDI sounds in Mixcraft Pro Studio 9. A dash of "Cathedral"-level reverb and here it is :-) All thoughts and comments welcome - thank you for listening!

https://amazingradio.us/profile/jamesdelsono/tunes/77cb6dde-a5a6-11eb-82e7-86d69e9572f3

EDIT: worked some more on it, here is the FINAL (for now, at least) link:

https://amazingradio.us/profile/jamesdelsono/tunes/8d9de2c0-a602-11eb-8067-86d69e9572f3

AMAZING GRACE (lyrics)

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to feel,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.


ORIGINAL BAND:


****** Song Summary *************
Title: Amazing Grace - 7 October 2019
File:Amazing Grace - 7 October 2019 B.SGU
Key=Db , Tempo 55, Length (m:s)=3:09
No intro. 18 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 18. Repeat x3 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is 9-8_SLOW.STY (9/8 Slow-Tempo Arpeggio)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Electric Piano (5), Acoustic Guitar (26), Orchestral Strings (47),
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)

RealDrums will be substituted :Pop98^3-a:Brushes , b:Sidestick, Ride

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Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/26/21 07:58 AM

James,

I like hearing you "sing one" for a change... smile

An interesting juxtaposition of the arpeggiated strings to the snappy bass.
A classic with a "new" treatment...

fj
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/26/21 12:43 PM

Excellent version of the song. Super vocal. Really nice listen. Well done
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/26/21 01:07 PM

One of my all time favorite hymns. I like the simple, stately arrangement. Keeps the focus on the message, where it should be. Nice, heartfelt vocals.

Really enjoyed this one.

Steve
Posted by: edshaw

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/26/21 02:27 PM

Thanks for that thought, James. We can always count on you to find some overlooked gem in BIAB Styles. I love that driving, congregational, arpegiated backing. It works well with Amazing Grace, one of those hymns that always seems to put me up against the wall when I try to do a version myself. Maybe that's why I appreciate the efforts of others.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/26/21 03:07 PM

James

Nicely done - well produced and arranged.

Peter
Posted by: musician17

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/27/21 01:07 AM

Thanks everyone.

fj: yes, it's nice to stretch one's vocal chords on a song sufficiently in my range, so as not to hurt any eardrums when straining for a high note or something! haha. The arrangement is all BIAB, I merely changed the instruments ... so all that juxtaposition of the strings to the bass is BIAB's work :-) Thanks so much for listening and for commenting so kindly!

Scott C: thank you. I really appreciate you listening to, and commenting upon, my little musical efforts!

Steve Young: thank you. I'm so glad you like the arrangement, as I deliberately wanted to keep it simple.

Ed: thank you ever so much for yet more kind comments from you. I don't see why you don't have a go at the song, yourself. BIAB, as you say, is full of styles - and you are an accomplished musician, of course ... so it's just a case of finding something that matches your inner vision for the song, as I see it. I'd love to hear an Ed Shaw version, personally - sacred songs are your forte, so I think you'd be amazing at it ...

Peter: thanks! You are such a good arranger and producer, so yours are highly appreciated words, for me. Thanks!
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/27/21 11:35 AM

James,
Well sung; your vocals are sincere and have a nice depth.
Its enjoyable to be reminded of the purity of the hymn with a simple arrangement like this.

Robert
Posted by: Deej56

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/27/21 08:47 PM

James,

Beautifully done! Love to hear you singing on this one . . . really, really good. So much so that I would have loved to hear that vocal come up a little bit more on the mix. Wonderful cover of a classic tune—well done!

All my best to you,

Deej
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/28/21 07:40 PM

Well, it's a classic, but you certainly put your own stamp on it! smile

Good to hear you singing - nice job and interesting arrangement.
Posted by: musician17

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 04/29/21 01:26 AM

Thanks, everyone, once more. Good to hear I haven't butchered it too badly! :-)
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/05/21 11:34 PM

Hi James,

You immediately grabbed my attention with that introduction-free beginning. I loved it! It's a strategy that some of the very best singers and arrangers have used over the years and it works really well because it immediately plunges the listener into thick of things.

Here are a couple of people who did the same thing. As you'll notice, you are keeping mighty fine company.





I really liked what you did with Amazing Grace. It's such a beautiful song. Those chords where you stepped outside the usual harmony were nicely inventive smile

Thank you for sharing.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: musician17

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/06/21 02:30 PM

Thanks so much, Noel! That is exalted company indeed, far too high for little ol' me, of course ... but I'm glad you enjoyed the song, "straight into it", without introduction, as it is! You've always got a kind, constructive word to say when you comment, so thank you - really, really appreciated!
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/06/21 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
One of my all time favorite hymns. I like the simple, stately arrangement. Keeps the focus on the message, where it should be. Nice, heartfelt vocals.

Really enjoyed this one.

Steve


I'm with Steve! This is also one of my all time favorite hymns and you did a fantastic job on it. I really liked your vocal!

This is your best to date IMHO.
Posted by: musician17

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/08/21 08:02 AM

Thanks Mario - high praise! So glad you enjoyed it - it's such a famous hymn and I was terrified of what I would do to it, since everyone knows it ...
Posted by: Ronnie Fields

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/08/21 01:19 PM

So soothing, with such a classic hymn, great job!!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/11/21 02:26 PM

Perhaps my favorite hymn.

Some of my earliest 50's small rural church memories are a cappella versions of this tune.

We enjoyed yours and thanks for the memories!

J&B
Posted by: musician17

Re: Amazing Grace (cover; 2021 version) - 05/12/21 12:23 AM

Ronnie, Janice, Bud: thank you. I love this hymn, which terrifies me when I want to sing it almost as much as I love it :-) - so it's great to know that you liked it! Thank you so much for listening and for letting me know it's not a total disaster, haha ... really appreciated. Those rural church a cappella memories must be incredible ... I can only wish I'd heard it in similar circumstances. So far, I love the gospel versions of it that I hear ... but it's such an incredible hymn, it really stands out on its own anyway ... for most singers, anyhow, haha :-) thanks.