Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus ~ David Krienke

 "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" is an Advent hymn, written in 1745 by Charles Wesley.
The tune that I use, and is usually heard with it, was written 85 years later - in 1830, by Row­land H. Pri­chard.
I used an oboe keyboard sample for the instrumental chorus halfway through.


Come, Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears, and sins, release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength, and Consolation;
Hope of all the earth, Thou art.
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born, Thy people to deliver;
Born a Child, and yet a King.
Born to reign in us forever,
Now, Thy gracious Kingdom, bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts, alone.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious Throne.


from Christemasse, released December 12, 2010
Public Domain
words by Charles Wesley & music by Row­land H. Pri­chard

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Music, especially gospel music is part of my life blood. Some of my earliest memories involve Sunday afternoons singing and playing gospel music with my family. My grandma, Annie Ruth Krienke was a multi-instrumentalist, and we all sang and played the piano. My Dad, Arvid was the choir director and music leader at our Church in South Bend, Indiana. He sang in many gospel quartets over the years, and even had an album published with The King's Quartet.
Having grown up in the 70's, my biggest musical influence was Elton John, who's piano playing and singing I worked diligently to imitate. Then, during middle school & high school I got involved in a partying lifestyle that pulled me far away from my Christian roots. It was then that I began composing my own songs. Later, in the mid 80's I played the local nightclub circuit as keyboardist/singer with the band Justus.
But God comes in places unlooked for - unexpectedly.
After committing myself to the work of the Gospel, I served for three years as Praise & Worship Leader at a local church. During that time I began writing and recording songs during my rehearsal time in a home office/studio that I had set up. One thing led to another, and then with the expert guidance of an old friend, Paul Ellis, I learned how to mix and master my recordings.
My first album, "Up from the Roots", released independantly in April of 2010, was the outcome of those first recordings, and is a mixture of original variations of classic hymns, interspersed with some of my own compositions.
I continued to improve my recording technique, and released "Songs from 7th Street" later that year, followed by "Christemasse".
The next year I released "The Hymnal", followed by "Climbing Higher".
In 2012 I put together "Out of the Dark", which is a compilation album that contains all of my original compositions.
In 2019 I released a new album, consisting of thirteen of my early practice recordings, remastered as new releases, entitled "In the Sanctuary".


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