19851, SAB, $1.75
Date released: 2000
This old gospel hymn will never be the same after Hayes’ electrifying treatment! If you liked his setting of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” you will love this! As with many of his arrangements, the piano part is the key. Highly rhythmic, this “funky” black gospel style anthem explores blues tonality, lush jazz harmonies, and fun-to-sing vocal licks. Your ensemble will love it and your choir will want to steal it away from them, so go ahead and buy enough copies for everyone right away! Despite the rhythmic nature of the arrangement, there is much unison and 2-part writing which makes this a joy to learn. The rousing ending will bring the house down! Suitable for year-round programming. A very hot accompaniment track or orchestration featuring brass, saxes, and rhythm section is a must to make this a truly memorable vocal experience.