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    Blue Wink I Need Suggestions for a New Gospel Tune: PLEASE HELP

    I want to arrange a new piece to perform. But I'm having a creative block as far as finding the right song goes. Here's what I what:

    * Something that can be sung as a duet that will accept a sax and/or flute intro, break in the middle and ending. I will create those and arrange the song around them.

    * Something contemporary that is piano-centric with.

    * Something that is both dark and inspiring.

    * Lyrics need to have a direct Gospel message. A song like "Wind Beneath My Wings" that only infers a spiritual undertone will not work in my setting.

    * The song needs to have some online resources that I can draw from such as a midi, sheet music or at least a performance track without vocals on mp3 that I can modify in Audacity. I don't have time to transcribe and build a whole score from scratch.

    I know that's a tall order. But this is usually the type of songs I use. I just can't find the right one this time. I've already worn out the main Casting Crowns songs and I need to move on to something new.
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    Default Re: I Need Suggestions for a New Gospel Tune: PLEASE HELP

    Our praise team has done this song - it's perfect for keys and female lead vocal with wonderful sax anywhere you want to put it. It always has a powerful effect with the folks in the pews. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXl7BNyYP2w

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    Default Re: I Need Suggestions for a New Gospel Tune: PLEASE HELP

    I did arrangements of Vince Gill's "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and Alison Krauss' "Down To The River To Pray" "for our sax quartet that you could probably substitue a voice part for the melody line.
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    http://search.musicnotes.com/?cat=Sh...x3=instrument0

    I don't know if this would help you or not, but this website has many types of sheet music etc., some of which you can print
    on your printer.

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    Have you ever listened to Richard Smallwood's "Center of My Joy"? It was written in concert Eb, so may not be hard to adapt. Beautiful message and melody.
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    Not a contemporary piece, but I think 'Low in the Grave he Lay' would make a great arrangement, especially considering the contrasting dark verse and inspiring chorus.
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    Try "To him who stis on the throne", "The Lord's Prayer", "Give Thanks", "Oh the Glory of your Presence" is my favorite of all time....these are powerful Contemporary songs.
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