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#129752 - 09/25/11 08:44 PM [User Showcase] When I Say I'm A Christian
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This song came about after reading a poem by Carol Wimmer. Getting her permission, I rewrote the poem, adding some of my lyrics so it would fit this song. An old friend from this forum, OCC sang the harmony for me. Enjoy!
Marty

When I Say I'm A Christian
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When I Say I'm A Christian
Copyright 2011 By Marty Wittmann

When I say 'I am a Christian', I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed
But By the grace of God , in his arms I'm held

When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
I have my share of heartaches, I feel the sting of pain
But he always takes the hurt away, when I call upon his name.

Chorus:
When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not holier than thou .
I'm just a simple sinner, who received God's grace, somehow!
And in this life I don't deserve what GOD has given me
He shed his blood so I could live when he died on Calvary

When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but he still thinks I'm worth it.
An if it wern't for GOD's good grace, how lost I would be
When I say I'm a Christian, it means I've been set free!

Chorus:
When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not holier than thou .
I'm just a simple sinner, who received God's grace, somehow!
And in this life I don't deserve what GOD has given me
He shed his blood so I could live when he died on Calvary

Chorus:
When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not holier than thou .
I'm just a simple sinner, who received God's grace, somehow!
And in this life I don't deserve what GOD has given me
He shed his blood so I could live when he died on Calvary
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#129753 - 09/25/11 08:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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Hi Marty,

I'd like to congratulate Carol, OCC and you on an excellent song. It's truly fine work however you look at it

All the best,
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#129754 - 09/25/11 09:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,
Thanks for the listen. I really had fun with this song. It was so different that the usual genre I write in. It was great working with others to accomplish this song.
Marty
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#129755 - 09/26/11 10:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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Marty,

Great job on this. Good song and vocal. Nice touch by OCC on the harmony - you guys sound great together...

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#129756 - 09/26/11 11:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: rsdean]
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Excellent work. Beautiful song and so true. Thanks for sharing this!


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#129757 - 09/27/11 05:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: PgFantastic]
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Hi Marty,

As usual you have a great sound and the song itself has a wonderful feel to it.

A nice Gospel feel with a hint of a slow version of "By And By".

My only reservation, and it is a personal one, is I feel it would lift more if the chorus melody came away from the verse melody.

As there is no key change or noticable melody change it seems a little flat.

A nice song still.

Martin
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#129758 - 09/27/11 06:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Mr_Songman]
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Bill Gaither is one of my musical influences, and I think the way the vocals blend on your song sounds like the Gaithers! So pleasing! Thank You

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#129759 - 09/28/11 12:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: kerkenat]
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Marty,

Great collab by you two! Loving that harmony OCC.

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#129760 - 09/28/11 11:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Sundance]
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Dean, PG Fantastic, Songman, Kerkenat, and Sundance,
Thanks to all of you for taking time to listen and comment. It really means a lot to hear from all of you. OCC Really did a good job and I appreciate his efforts. GOD Bless,
Marty
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#129761 - 09/28/11 04:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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You all did a great job!

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#129762 - 09/30/11 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: retake]
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You can come sing that at my church anytime you want. Some of the folks probably even need to hear it.

Very nice, and the harmonies were excellent.
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#129763 - 10/01/11 12:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: jford]
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Marty, and company,

Wonderful job on this! Great message! Great performance, arrangement, harmonies, etc!

Keep up the good work!

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#129764 - 10/01/11 03:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: retake]
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Thanks for the listen! I really appreciate all of your comments here. What a great bunch of folks.
Marty


Edited by Marty Wittmann (10/01/11 03:15 PM)

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#129765 - 10/07/11 06:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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Hi Marty, not sure why, but was only allowed to hear 20 seconds of the song. Sounded interesting though.
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#129766 - 10/07/11 06:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: anieyo]
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Hi anieyo,
Thanks for the heads up. I logged on and it played fine. There may gave been a server glitch or something. Please try again.
Thanks,
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#129767 - 10/07/11 07:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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Hi Marty, I registered with soundclick and can now access the full song (if I don't log in, I only get a 20 second preview of the song). Very nice work, sir--especially like the vocal harmonies. Kudos!
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#129768 - 10/09/11 09:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: anieyo]
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Thanks for listening. Have a wonderful day.
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#129769 - 12/31/12 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Marty Wittmann]
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Great song.
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#129770 - 01/01/13 12:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: Paul Haynes]
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Nice arrangement and vocals!
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#129771 - 01/01/13 12:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: When I Say I'm A Christian [Re: dcuny]
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Excellent job, and as one Christian man to another, i sincerly thank you for the blessing. I love your simple style and the super chord change on the chorus. wish you best my friend

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