This gospel classic is set with all the flair of a tent meeting revival. The opening solo makes a gospel singer out of even the timid, with clear musical notations for rhythm, fermati, and slides undergirded by a sturdy piano accompaniment. The following stanzas incorporate call and response style with solos and choir. The refrain adds a vocal trio amid and in response to the choir.
The accompaniment solidifies the gospel style. Firm rhythm, passing tones, and colorful harmonies support the voices and drive the music forward with energy. It does require a skilled player to accomplish all the style demands. The solos are clearly defined and afford your strong singers the opportunity to enjoy this style. Ranges are moderate and accessible to most groups. This requires an ensemble large enough to handle this much part division. Parts for three trumpets and two trombones are available online.
Performance options include omitting the brass parts when players are unavailable. The final refrain may be used as an introit, response to confession, or closing benediction.
Appropriate days: Service themes on forgiveness, Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb, and general worship.