This month’s song was chosen by my oldest son, Jack. Jack gets baptized this Saturday. So his choice was “When I Am Baptized.” It was one of those proud papa moments for me.
Anyhoo… about the arrangement. So the lyrics talk about comparing rain to baptism and how the rain washes the earth clean, just like baptism can wash us clean. I remember sitting on my porch as a kid in North Carolina watching the rain with my dad and couldn’t shake that visual while arranging this. My dad grew up in the dry heat of Las Vegas, so both him and my Grandma still like to sit outside and watch the rain. So do I. It’s a nice time to think.
So I thought the best way to approach it would be to make the song sound like rain. So there’s a bunch of downward cascading triplets to represent the idea of rain throughout the song, but primarily in the first verse since it talks about rain the most.
I always like to try something different with the second verse rather than just repeating the first, so I figured since the second verse talks more about baptism than the first, that it should be a stronger verse with a very straight cadence to it. So it loses the triplets and uses a modified chord progression to give it some #umph. I was kind of going for a type of graduation march as you’re moving on and committing yourself to being something great, so to speak.
The outro circles back to the same rain theme and slows down until the rain stops, with the last drop being a single tear. (For anyone that doesn’t get my sarcasm, that was a joke).
This was a fun one to do for multiple reasons, but mainly because it was arranged for my son and it was based off of memories I had with my dad when I was Jack’s age.
Thanks again for stopping by. Next arrangement will be posted on August 1. It’s my three-year-old daughter’s turn. She knows maybe two songs. Maybe. I’ll let you guess which ones.
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Update – July 6, 2013
He did it! I’m one proud papa.