To God Be the Glory

Single Release Notes, November 2019

The answer to many of life’s questions we face should begin with the acknowledgement of God. After all, God created everything, owns everything, and knows everything about the past, present, and future. We are just temporary managers of our earthly possessions for a short time, especially compared to eternity. Therefore, we should give credit and glory to God, alongside with praise, thanksgiving and rejoicing.

Fanny J. rosby wrote these powerful lyrics in 1875 and William Howard Doane wrote the tune also in 1875


To God be the glory, great things he hath done;
|so loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. [Refrain]

Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]

Why I chose this song

I chose this song for my 3rd single release after the 2nd, Fairest Lord Jesus, that was slower and more contemplative. This song is more upbeat and cheerful. That is how we should strive to be, especially when we are thankful for all things that God as provided to us, from material possessions on earth, to eternal life in heaven if we choose to believe and accept Christ as our savior.

Technical info

Key of G, time signature 4/4, temp 144

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.


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 of the Columbia River Gorge from Cape Horn, Washington. 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.