Just As I Am

Single Release Notes, August 2019

As you live your daily life on this imperfect and challenging earth, you may feel lost or rejected among the billions of people in the world. No one seems to care about your individual situation. But the truth is, regardless of your past failures or current circumstances, God does care and wants the best for you. God is willing to accept and forgive you if you follow these three simple steps: 1) Admit to God that you are a sinner, repent and turn away from your sin. 2) Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. 3) Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

Charlotte Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, England, wrote these lyrics in 1836, and William B. Bradbury wrote the tune (Woodworth) in 1849.

 

Lyrics

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need, in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
has broken ev’ry barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea, thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

More Notes

Many hymnals omit verses 4 and 6.

While Just As I Am was written in 1836, it became well-known in recent modern times. This song was always played at Billy Graham crusades after Rev. Billy Graham completed his sermon and invited the audience to come forward to make a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Why I chose this song

I chose to release this song as my first single for one simple reason which is summed up in the title of the song: Just As I Am. We can’t change the past, but starting today, just as we are, we can begin to change ourselves by using our God-given skills, talents and passions to help others and to improve the world around us.

This song was arranged and recorded on my family’s original late 1960’s Cable Nelson spinet piano on which I first learned to play piano so many years ago (during 2nd grade of elementary school). After many years away from the piano and other instruments, I recently rediscovered piano. See my website for my full story.

 

Technical info

Key of D, time signature 3/4, tempo 107

The interlude I wrote between verses is actually 4/4 time. The difference was not intentional! It just happened due to the chord arpeggios. Surprisingly, the verses and interlude seems to blend together well.

Stereo recorded in overhead ORTF configuration plus one additional microphone near the left back side.

For this recording, no reverb (reverberation) was applied. The reverb you hear is natural from the piano’s metal harp and solid wood structure. Normalization and dynamic compression were used to increase the volume of the lower and midrange frequency notes to help balance with the melody. There was also manual editing of individual waveforms of notes that were clipped or over-accented.

 

Credits

Thanks to my Mom and Dad for purchasing the piano so many years ago. Special thanks to my Mom for asking me to record some piano music for her. Those songs became a draft CD of my first album which will be released soon. And thanks to my daughter Rachel for designing the font layout in the cover art. Photo by me at Sunriver, Oregon. And thanks to CD Baby artist Lance Frodsham (dulcimer) who lent equipment and answered questions during this recording project. Also thanks to CD Baby artist Dan Friesen (guitar) for answering questions and sharing advice about releasing music through CD Baby.

Peace and Blessings,

Douglas Ronald Lee

 

Fairest Lord Jesus

Single Release Notes, releasing in October 2019

Evidence of God’s creation is everywhere. You can easily see the evidence from flowers and trees on the ground, to the birds and clouds in the sky, to the stars and planets in outer space. Fairest Lord Jesus is a timeless, mellow, contemplative praise song from several centuries ago. It acknowledges and praises Jesus and God as the creator of all of the universe.

The lyrics are from an unknown author and first appeared in text in Münster, Germany in 1662. The tune is Crusaders’ Hymn, also known as St. Elizabeth, and originates as a folk melody from the Glaz area of Silesia. It was published in A. H. Hoffman von Fallersleben’s and E. F. Richter’s Schlesische Volkslieder in 1842.

 

Lyrics

Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows,
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior!
Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

 

Why I chose this song

I chose this song for my 2nd single release because it has a simple, flowing, soothing sound that I think is representative of the piano sound that meets my goal of music that is calming and comforting in times of personal need. The tune is written in E flat which is difficult to play due to all of the flats. I decided to retain the original key and not transpose it to D or E because E flat has a nice mellow sound that fits perfectly with the lyrics. This is probably the most dificult song to play in my entire upcoming album. I’m really surprised how well it sounds and hope you enjoy it too!

 

Technical info

Key of E flat, time signature 4/4, tempo 100.

Stereo recorded in overhead ORTF configuration plus one additional microphone near the left back side.

For this recording, no reverb (reverberation) was applied. The reverb you hear is natural from the piano’s metal harp and solid wood structure. Normalization and dynamic compression were used to increase the volume of the lower and midrange frequency notes to help balance with the melody. There was also manual editing of individual waveforms of notes that were clipped or over-accented.

 

Credits

Thanks to my Mom and Dad for purchasing the piano so many years ago. Special thanks to my Mom for asking me to record some piano music for her. Those songs became a draft CD of my first album which will be released soon. Photo by me at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 2018 tulip festival in Woodburn, Oregon. And thanks to CD Baby artist Lance Frodsham (dulcimer) who lent equipment and answered questions during this recording project. Also thanks to CD Baby artist Dan Friesen (guitar) for answering questions and sharing advice about releasing music through CD Baby.

Peace and Blessings,

Douglas Ronald Lee