"Glory"July 13, 2010 at 6:54 am
Posted on Jul 11, 2010 at 08:56 PM (Last Modified: Jul 12, 2010 at 06:17 PM)
The simplest part of "Glory" was written earlier. Then more of the arrangement came to me in the Chapel at Oblates, including that girls' 'angel' part in the chorus. (On this recording, you may notice we panned the girls voices from side to side as if the 'angels' were crossing the sky. For your information, I was the second 'girl' singing that with Denise Vassel!) The original song was so very simple with just one part. Our time spent in the cellar or our new community home in Framingham, was a true flowering of our ability to arrange a song. I remember the pure joy I felt figuring out and passing out all the vocal parts. How hard we worked at laying down all the tracks to this and "Love's Beginning".
The words of the first verse are from Isaiah, trying to describe just how close God was going to be to us, almost like He would 'marry' us. This is why the image of Christ the Bridegroom and the Church as the Bride is used in Revelation and in Ephesians. The earliest Fathers who knew the Apostles saw this 'closeness' in the Eucharist and the Sacraments. The Person of Jesus IS the meeting place with God and in Communion with each other. DEEP idea!
This recording was done in the basement of 505 Pleasant during 1984, while I was trying to work, go to school, sub in Framingham, do concerts, AND eat and sleep. Julia tells me that she used to watch me adoringly as I corrected papers in between takes on this and the other songs - Me?? I didn't have a clue!
This song became the wedding party entrance at our wedding June 1, 1986. Isn't that a great piano part Mike McBride came up with? Enjoy!