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  • mossrose
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    I didn't need help with this song, was able to find it without much trouble. But thought I'd throw it in this thread instead of starting another.

    We were watching a tv show a week or so ago, and a woman was singing Polish lyrics set to Chopin's Etude #3 in E Minor. Of course I didn't understand the words, but it reminded me of a record that my Dad had when I was growing up.

    The record was "16 Singing Men", and this song became one of my favourites, but I had forgotten about it until I heard the tune again. There is something about men singing together that really touches me. It likely started when, as a child, the church often had a men's quartet singing in services. My maternal Grandfather and my Dad were 2 of the 4, and I loved to hear them.

    So 16 men singing together, to me, is wonderful. The song is called "O, Speak to Me".

    Lyrics, by Avis B. Christianson :


    O speak to me from heav’n above,
    Fill Thou my soul,
    That I may know Thy love,
    Thy wondrous love,
    Hush my heart to hear Thy faintest whisper.
    Speak dear Lord, speak dear Lord.

    O may my will be lost in Thine
    My yielded heart to Thee I now resign
    Speak Lord I pray
    Let the flood-tide of Thy glory
    Like a mighty sea sweep o’er me
    While I worship and adore Thy name,
    Precious Holy name
    Thru eternal years the same.


    O speak to me from calvary
    Where Thou, O Christ,
    Didst shed Thy blood for me,
    in agony
    Speak of Thy undying mercy to me
    There out poured, precious Lord
    O melt my heart, With Calv’ry love
    Burn out the dross with fire from above.

    Speak Lord I pray,
    Speak from Calv’ry I implore Thee
    Keep that vision e’er before me
    While I worship and adore Thy name!
    Thy matchless name,
    Precious Holy name
    Thru eternal years the same.


    Not the best recording, and there's a very long piano bridge in the middle that I just fast forward through, and I don't quite know where the soprano voice is coming from, unless it's a manly falsetto. Not quite the same as was on the record,but it's still beautiful.



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  • The Melody Maker
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    MIDI and PDF included, in case anyone wants to either listen or print it out for singing along.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by The Melody Maker; 09-03-2023, 10:37 PM.

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  • mossrose
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    Originally posted by mikewhitney View Post

    It is not even new.
    My dad had that record. The sister that remembered the song thinks she had it, but she got rid of a bunch of stuff a few years ago, trying to downsize. She has a lot of her things packed away and doesn't know if she still has it. She might have the book, too, but can't remember.

    I've asked The Melody Maker to post the file of his arrangement of the song, which he just finished yesterday (I think), here in this thread so folk can listen to it.

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  • mossrose
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    Originally posted by mikewhitney View Post

    And I was going to tell you to check with your sister!! Okay. Maybe not.

    Glad you found it. Get it posted on youtube so others can find it.
    I thought of asking my sisters late, as usual. Should have known one of them would come up with it!

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  • mikewhitney
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    It is not even new.

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  • mikewhitney
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    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    My sister remembered!

    It's called God's Great Grace. The record it was on was a different one than I had remembered, but the same group. Hence, it's not in the songbook I have. I can't find a version of that choir singing it, but I found this one, which is the same, but sung by a soprano, so it's very high pitched.

    The part I remembered is the chorus, and the last line is:

    "T'will stand unmeasured while the ages roll."



    Now, I need to hunt down the lyrics. I find the singer in the video somewhat hard to understand, but that might be my hearing aids. I struggle sometimes with higher pitched sounds.

    There! We've all learned something today!
    And I was going to tell you to check with your sister!! Okay. Maybe not.

    Glad you found it. Get it posted on youtube so others can find it.

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  • mossrose
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    Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

    Good song. If you ever find a choir singing it, let me know. I think it would be better as a choir song.
    It absolutely is better with a choir. That's how I know it. Sadly, I haven't found a clip of that choir singing it, nor any other choir. MelMak just finished doing it in sheet music for us to sing, though!

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  • Thoughtful Monk
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    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    My sister remembered!

    It's called God's Great Grace. The record it was on was a different one than I had remembered, but the same group. Hence, it's not in the songbook I have. I can't find a version of that choir singing it, but I found this one, which is the same, but sung by a soprano, so it's very high pitched.

    The part I remembered is the chorus, and the last line is:

    "T'will stand unmeasured while the ages roll."



    Now, I need to hunt down the lyrics. I find the singer in the video somewhat hard to understand, but that might be my hearing aids. I struggle sometimes with higher pitched sounds.

    There! We've all learned something today!
    Good song. If you ever find a choir singing it, let me know. I think it would be better as a choir song.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by The Melody Maker View Post

    I'm transposing it down half an octave so that Mr. mossy doesn't screech on those high notes.
    I have always admired my daughter's ability to "transpose on the fly" when accompanying me on the piano. Many of the hymns are just above my voice range, and she'll play a couple chords, finding my range, and "lower it down" to me... and just play on like nothing happened.

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  • mossrose
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    Originally posted by The Melody Maker View Post

    I'm transposing it down half an octave so that Mr. mossy doesn't screech on those high notes.
    They are pretty screechy, the way she sings it.

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  • The Melody Maker
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    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    And I think MelMak is working on that. He hears music and creates sheet music for it, the talented fellow.
    I'm transposing it down half an octave so that Mr. mossy doesn't screech on those high notes.

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  • mossrose
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    Thanks. I don’t want the record. One of my sisters has it, I think. I wouldn’t mind the songbook, but I don’t know if mom ever had it, and if one of my sisters has it they aren’t telling me so.

    I really just want the music in order to sing the song.

    And I think MelMak is working on that. He hears music and creates sheet music for it, the talented fellow.

    He might need to write a third verse, too. Hint, hint…

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  • rogue06
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    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    The album is Paul Mickelson's Choirsing Volume 3. I have the book for Volume 2.

    I've asked my sisters if one of them has the book or the album. Can't find another rendition on line, at all.
    https://www.amazon.com/ChoirSing-Mic.../dp/B09NRSP58Y ?

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  • Ronson
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    Originally posted by The Melody Maker View Post

    In this context, this is "The Needle™".
    Oh! Interesting. I've been using Goldwave for many years but never for that particular function. It does a great job of cleaning up defects and damage on old records and making them sound presentable again.

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  • The Melody Maker
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    Originally posted by mossrose View Post

    I can't remember most of it. What's The Needle?
    In this context, this is "The Needle™".

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