You Raise Me Up

You Raise Me Up April 27, 2014

Although I’ve been involved in singing in church for a while now, I had never before today sung a song as a solo. Today, with some help from my son on the violin, I sang “You Raise Me Up.” Even though I found it challenging (while as nervous as I was) to play and sing at the same time, forgot lots of important things my voice teacher has told me, and felt my voice crack on the high note, I still think it didn’t turn out too badly. And in the interest of keeping my New Year’s resolution, I thought I’d share it with you. The embedding of videos still isn’t working consistently, and so click what looks like an image above in order to listen.

My son also performed “Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur” by Fritz Kreisler as the offertory music:

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  • MattB

    Wow! Round of applause to you and your son, Dr.McGrath. Such a beautiful and yet challenging song to sing.

  • Honestly, the song is indeed (too) difficult to sing, and your voice teacher may not have been particularly responsible/honest if he/she gave you the impression that it was an appropriate song choice. (Shall not elaborate on my own competence as a singer, because nobody would believe it anyway lol.)

    In any case, singing is one of the great joys of life. Just have fun doing it, and gradually develop greater awareness of how your own voice works best 🙂 It takes a fair bit (read: a lot) of experimentation (on top of good guidance) to find your own voice.

    Edit: It’s really nice that you added a personal touch to this blog post. Makes you seem more … human … instead of the usual critical-thinking machine that you are haha.

    • I can do a better job with it than I did here. I’ve only been taking lessons for less than a year, and so I am happy with the progress that I have made, even though I have a long way to go. Any shortcomings are definitely on my part. My teacher has worked miracles (in the liberal non-literal sense). I actually have a chance to sing it again at an upcoming Butler Community Arts School recital, where I’ll have someone else to accompany me on the piano and can concentrate on singing for a change. We’ll see whether, having had this practice run, I can do even better then!

      • MattB

        Have you ever heard of Michael W. Smith or Steven Curtis Chapman?

        • Indeed!

          • MattB

            I love both their music because they have incredible sounding songs with a great mixture of piano and guitar

    • Did someone say “Critical Thinking”? 🙂

      • What a coincidence haha. (Also happened to have been reflecting a lot on epistemology these past few days …)

        Really enjoy your compositions and lyrics! (sorry for my inability to express my love for the vocal aspect; I kinda have very high standards … really love the songs nonetheless.)

  • Gary

    Father: pretty damn good.
    Son: technically even better. Need a barn roof, and do Fiddler on the Roof.

  • Christopher W. Skinner

    Beautiful job, James. Same goes for your son. Playing music and singing with my oldest son is one of our family pastimes. Kudos to both of you.

  • Thanks for sharing this with us! Singing in public is such an intimate experience and can be quite intimidating. Excellent work.