We are delighted to have released eight new MultiTracks and Split Tracks that are contemporary arrangements of classic hymns. Arranged and recorded by our friend David Woodman, they are taken from David’s new album, Hymnal.
All For You (Take My Life)
A new worship song with an acoustic feel (including cello and hammered dulcimer) based on Take My Life And Let It Be by Frances Havergal.
All People That on Earth do Dwell (Doxology)
An up-tempo praise song which works really well at the start of sung worship; this arrangement combines 2 well-known hymns: All People That On Earth Do Dwell and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow to the tune Old Hundredth by Louis Bourgeois.
Here is Love (Amazing Love)
This well-loved hymn is often reduced to 2 verses, as the language in the other verses was a little archaic. David Woodman has modernised the lyrics and added a coda to give a more contemporary feel.
O The Blood of Jesus
This traditional gospel hymn has been given some extra verses and a bluesy feel.
Teach Me My God and King (Breath of God) The original 400-year-old lyrics to this hymn are difficult for a modern congregation to engage with, but the core theme (of worship being a lifestyle not just singing songs) is timeless. David Woodman has modernised the lyrics and added a chorus emphasising the 24/7 life of worship that we are called to live.
The King of Love
This traditional hymn set to the tune St Columba has been given a Celtic feel and builds to a resounding note of praise.
When I Survey
This is surely one of the most popular hymns ever written. Whilst most versions are reflective, focussed on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, this up-tempo arrangement takes its cue from the hymn’s final lines: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all,” encouraging us to live whole-heartedly for Jesus.
The hymns are available in MultiTrack and Split Track format. When you purchase either the MultiTrack or Split Track you also get a free chord chart.
Note that the MultiTracks are NOT configured for our OLD MultiTrack Player. When you buy the MultiTrack you get two versions:
The studio Wav files for a DAW such as Ableton (+ you’ll get an Ableton session file configured for Ableton 10.1 onwards)
If you have our old MultiTrack Player you will need to purchase the Transition Player in order to play this song.
About David Woodman
David Woodman is a worship leader and songwriter based in Manchester, UK, where he is also part of the leadership team of Bury Christian Fellowship.
David has also worked as a session musician for many years, including on projects for the Worldwide Message Tribe and Spring Harvest amongst many others.
His most recent album, Hymnal, features his arrangements of classic hymns.
“I’ve been leading worship in various places for 30 years I guess,” David explains, “and I’ve always tried to include more traditional hymns alongside contemporary songs. They often have such a depth to the lyrics. along with memorable tunes that congregations can sing easily. The problem can sometimes be that we arrange and perform them in a way that makes them seem old-fashioned. I’ve always tried to freshen the arrangements up, and the positive response from people has been really encouraging, so I felt it was time to record them and hopefully see other churches use them.”
David plays most of the instruments on the album, but bass was provided by Frank Brierley (an experienced session musician who played for Mike Batt on several projects). Producer Andy Green played keyboards and mixed the album.
“It’s such a privilege to get to do this kind of thing with good friends. Frank and Andy are excellent musicians and we love to play together and laugh along the way. I also wanted to suggest a congregational vibe, so we also had our friends and family join us for a group vocal session, which I found really moving.”