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Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

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I was experimenting with some bass lines on an iPad synth designed for such but they all sounded cheesy and fake to my picky audio engineer ears.

So, I opened up my Sunrizer synth app and stumbled on a nice preset that I then modified. Suddenly an old dirge type of hymn melody came to mind: "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy". The words were penned long ago in 1759 by Joesph Hart. I just hit record button and played the unique melody in a low key. I then looped it enough times to cover all the stanzas.

I haven't released any vocal tracks since 2012 but I decided I just had to sing the lyrics as they are so powerful and meaningful to me. It was at the very limits of my baritone range. It is at a tempo that is truly a dirge but I imagined the old shape note singers of Appalachian singing it in this manner, so here it is.

After the initial melody was ready then a "selah" (a meditative passage) drone was inserted, I then added vocals.

Then I added a bell tolling type of rhythmic of synthesizer notes repeated during the singing. The selah section was done by combining a Sunrizer synth drone with an electric guitar passage of violin-like, slow attack and heavy echoes.

I am deeply moved by what transpired in this piece, all coming from my experimenting with creating a bass line.

Video and audio presentation is available here: youtu.be/QEHMTgrhe-E


released November 23, 2023


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SourceCodeX Washington, D.C.

Multi-instrumentalist specializing in synthesizers and guitar. Been releasing music since 2004. Music promoter at: www.youtube.com/@JazzRockFusionSynthesizerMusic

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