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Adventures in Home Recording

This Is My Father’s World

Skip to the end if you don’t like the technical details…

The lyrics to this hymn were written in 1901 by Pastor Maltbie Babcock who would hike in upstate New York seeing “his Father’s World.” The melody was added in 1915 by Franklin Sheppard. I love this sweet English melody – it reminds me of Vaughn Williams.

Some months ago when I was paging through a hymnal looking for hymns that took my fancy for this project, My Father’s World jumped out at me not only as appealing, but I immediately knew what instrumentation I wanted to use – recorder lead and hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Of course, I cannot do anything simply, so the arrangement built. First came a flute harmony, then a solo violin countermelody, doubled by a glockenspiel to help it sing nicely. Then I added a string section and piano (gotta have a piano). Continue reading


May 5, 2010 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , | 1 Comment

Production Update – 05/29/09

I’ve moved forward on a number of fronts, without completing anything. Thus, a production update post. Continue reading

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Photo

Family Photo

Family Photo

Well, when the Tenor arrived, I started a post about that, complete with a photo of my three recorders. As I was writing, I mentioned that there was one more recorder – the sopranino, and maybe I should get one of those, as well.

Yeah, well, as I wrote that, I surfed over to Ebay to see just what a sopranino cost, and I bit. So, the sopranino arrived yesterday. Today I got a thumb rest for the Tenor, and decided it was time for a family photo.

For the unintiated, recorders come in some six flavors, although the two largest, the bass and contra-bass, are very expensive. The other four, as seen above from longest to shortest, are the Tenor, Alto, Soprano and Sopranino.

The key of the recoder is determined by the note when all holes are covered – the lowest note the instrument can sound. For the Tenor it is middle C and for Soprano it is C one octave above. The Alto and Sopranino each start at the F above the next lower instrument.

So, please forgive the lousy picture of me and feast your eyes on a consort of recorders.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , | Leave a comment

I Can Stop Any Time I Want… Really!

The aformentioned Alto Recorder appeared on my doorstep earlier this week. I eagerly opened it, assembled it, and tried it out. It has a beautiful tone in the lower register, and forms its lowest two notes much more easily than the Suzuki Soprano that I’ve been working with recently. The wooden soprano that came with it is a lot of fun, too. Continue reading

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , | Leave a comment

I Did It


In my last post I mentioned about having troubles playing the lower recorder line from Father’s World with the soprano acoustic recorder loaned to me by a friend. After making that post, I checked out Ebay on a whim to see if anyone is selling recorders there. Are they!

Right now the Musical Instruments>Woodwinds>Recorders subcategory has 266 auctions going on. That’s a lot of recorders, and they include everything from el cheapo Sporanos (that don’t seem to sell), to older wooden altos and tenors, to even one sub-contrabass that I saw with an opening bid of $2300.

Berkley Winds offers one of these on Ebay every day with a starting bid of $0.99 (they make it up in $20 shipping and handling,  so I knew I was getting a $21 recorder).

I lost the first one because I wouldn’t go above $25 (incld. S&H), but one the next day at $1. There’s one up there today that’s bid up to $10. Foolish if you’ve done a little research.

So now that I’ve got an Alto recorder (or will middle of next week), I’m wondering if I should bid on the $35 Yamaha tenor that reappears from time to time…

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , | 1 Comment

Production Update

I am now up to no fewer than four songs in active production right now, with the starting of another last night. I can’t help it – I get jazzed about something and that’s what I want to work on. I suppose that I need to focus on one thing until it’s finished, but at the same time, the advantage of this music thing being a hobby is that I can work on whatever takes my fancy without worrying about deadlines or schedules or anything like that. Continue reading

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father’s World Tracking Finally Completed

Really? Done? Sort of – maybe. Continue reading

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 2 Comments

Father’s World Arranging Done

Sunday night I officially finished arranging “This is My Father’s World.” Maybe. Continue reading

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | Leave a comment

Production Update

I know I’ve been spotty at posting of late. Mostly my time spent on music is so short and scattered that I cannot complete anything of note. That being said, here is where the various pieces fall right now: Continue reading

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments