Throughout October you can download the MultiTrack backing track for the hymn Abide With Me free of charge. This arrangement has quite a mournful “indie” feel to it and is a slightly different take on our normal Worship Backing Band arrangements having been put together by our friend Greg Jong (see his Story Behind the Arrangement below).
You will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s MultiTrack Pro Wav Player to play the backing track. MultiTrack is the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.
Super chord chart
We would recommend you also buy the Super Chord Chart for this arrangement as the chords modulate outside the key on a few occasions so it is both challenging to chart out, and you’ll not find this arrangement elsewhere on the internet.
The story behind the song arrangement
Greg Jong (pictured), arranger of this version of the song, is an English musician who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the last 8 years. He is worship director at Ecclesia Hollywood, and has previously played in various bands and at one time regularly played drums (alongside our very own guitarist Andy Chamberlain) for Tim Hughes and Matt Redman. Greg and his wife Dani occasionally perform together under the name Grand Vanity, and have released a couple of EPs. He writes:
“I made this arrangement of Abide With Me for us to sing at our church Ecclesia Hollywood where I work as worship director. I remember singing the hymn in church as a young boy, and since I am English and a football (soccer!) fan it has a special resonance as the hymn that gets sung before the FA Cup final every year. I love how the lyrics portray times of difficulty, and honestly express prayer for God’s strength and comfort in tough times. Recording the arrangement was a lot of fun, and it was done in the 1920s era Hollywood Pacific Theatre where Ecclesia was meeting at the time. My friend Daley Hake and I set up drums and amps in what was once Sam Warner’s (one of the Warner brothers) office, and then we also used the cavernous backstage theatre ambience for recording backing vocals and even some whistling. The song was included on a worship EP which can be found HERE along with some more of my music.”
Please be sure to quote the correct CCLI number 6463760 for this song when you use it in order that royalties are correctly allocated.