Ken Whisler | Adoration

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by Ken Whisler

Sacred music arranged for solo classical guitar
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doxology / All Creatures of Our God and King
4:28 $0.99
2. Ave Maria
3:27 $0.99
3. Jesu / Joy of Man's Desire
3:29 $0.99
4. Deep River
2:46 $0.99
5. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
4:59 $0.99
6. Prelude and Passacaille / O Sons and Daughters
6:24 $0.99
7. Just as I Am
4:15 $0.99
8. Morning Has Broken
3:45 $0.99
9. Be Thou My Vision
3:41 $0.99
10. Brethren / We Have Met to Worship
3:35 $0.99
11. Amazing Grace
4:04 $0.99
12. Adoration
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
I have had this idea in my head for almost three decades. Only in the last two years have the ideas materialized on paper, to my fingers, and then to my guitar. No doubt many classical guitar enthusiasts will associate this project with what has already been done by Rick Foster and Christopher Parkening, and that is all well and fine with me. I think that the reason why it took me so long to record my own album of sacred music is that every time I sat down to do this in the past, I was simply parroting the admirable work that Chris and Rick had already done. I felt it necessary to give it my own voice. That voice was silent for a long time, and circumstances unclogged my inner ears, and the ideas flowed, and flowed, and continue to flow.

On these arrangements, the listener will find many freely composed introductions, interludes, and postludes. I used many different tunings, and played idiomatically to those tunings. Track 6 started out as an arrangement of "O Sons and Daughters", but after doing my thing with it I realized that I had a full blown, freely composed prelude, part of which acts as a postlude, and the song's structure can rightfully be called a passacaille. Hence, this track can rightfully be labeled a full blown composition.

Most important of all, I took the road less traveled in this digital age and I recorded these arrangements inside one of my favorite churches, St. James Catholic Church, a century old midtown Kansas City parish. Recording in this manner raised all kinds of obstacles that we had to work around, and some incidental noises that we had to live with, but the sonic results yielded an ambiance that no digitally added reverb can match. Even more important than that, I had the constant reminder of why I did this album in the first place. This music is a prayer in adoration of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be the Glory and the Honor Forever and Ever, amen.



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