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Prepare the Way of the Lord


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kristyjo

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This is a song I originally wrote for a church group to perform at Advent. I recorded all of the parts - Flute & String bass on MIDI, voices and guitars as individual audio files. I did the recording last year, but did this mix this weekend. (This is one of those puzzlers that sounds drastically different in the GarageBand software than in the mixdown, and then looses quite a bit in the MP3 translation as well.) It has a bit of a Celtic vibe, and considered replacing the flute with a whistle, but decided against that.
As more than one person has pointed out on this site, Christmas has become quite a secular holiday. I respond to that by also celebrating Advent, which seems to have survived as a time of reflection and preparation in most branches of Christianity.
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Hits: 6955
Comments: 31
Fans: 10
Plays: 818
Downloads: 152
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Dec 02, 2006 - 03:48:05 PM
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2006 - 03:48:05 PM Last Played: Jan 11, 2017 - 11:26:45 AM
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Comments
RickW said 3944 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
Very joyful
Thank you Kristy for this joyful tune. I cannot forget that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of my Savior.


May He bless you richly,

Rick

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kristyjo said 3944 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
Rick, thank you for those kind words.
I'm glad this music brought you joy!
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David Fahnestock said 3939 days ago (December 7th, 2006)
Beautiful
What can I say other than beautiful? Love your music.

May God bless!

David
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kristyjo said 3938 days ago (December 7th, 2006)
Hi David
Thanks for listening!
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Roxylee said 3943 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
Really nice, Kristy
I love the harmonies and the Spirit in this. Faved & downloaded for my Christmas favorites CD.
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kristyjo said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Thanks, Roxy
I always am happy knowing when someone enjoys a song enough to download it. May your Advent and Christmas seasons be filled with joy!
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Feter said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
I Love it .....I love it !!
you got a wonderfull folkie ....
ahem who is singin there ??? its anglic
by all mean ....the flute paint the love
so beautifully ....thank you for sharin
this gem here ...!!
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kristyjo said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Hey - that's me singing!
I don't have a very good soloistic voice, but I do O.K. in a choral piece like this. I'm glad you enjoyed the song.
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Feter said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
I think !!
we worth a try ... I can hear
your solo voice very well ....
very wide range and so confidant
just loved it ... !
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MissChaos said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
wowzer
this is some amazing songwriting. I'm really awestruck. It could become a Christmas classic. Your vocals and harmonies are outstanding -- I mean, spot on! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
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kristyjo said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Miss Chaos
I'm glad you enjoyed the song, and I'm very pleased that you felt that everything fit together well. Thanks for listening!
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blaky smith said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Enjoyed
Good vocals and harmonies...
This is a nice and joyful melody very pleasant to listen to, thanks...
Marc
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kristyjo said 3942 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Thanks for listening.
I'm glad you heard the joy in this piece! I am most comfortable doing songs with voice and guitar, so this one kind of 'fell into place' for me, allowing me to free up the emotions while singing.
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said 3943 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
I just want to ...
thank you for your wonderful, beautiful, and inspiring music. Your faith and God centered heart are effectively expressed through your songs... this one being no exception. Blessed Christmas to youl
kristyjo said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Thanks for listening
And a blessed Christmas to you, too!
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_nderscore said 3942 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
:)
not what i normally listen to, but what a wonderful song! excellent production & performance. you sing beautifully! merry christmas!!
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kristyjo said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Hey, _nderscore
I'm glad that you stopped to comment, even though this isn't your usual style for listening. Thanks!
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futzpucker said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Honor and love in this song
This is beautiful and inspiring to the church musician in me. Great arrangement of the vocals, and the instrument track is wonderfully supportive. You have much to be proud of here, Kristine. Thank you for this Advent gift.
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kristyjo said 3941 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
I'm glad you liked it.
And coming from a fine church musician as yourself, that's quite a compliment. Thanks for listening.
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Scott Carmichael said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
exellent
exellent... Kristy, the song and arrangment are top shelf... melodic and constructed well.... but peel that away and get to the heart of the song, and this is where your recording shines... even though you've multitracked this... it does not feel stiff... which can happen sometimes in the proccess.... it still feels full of Life... spontanious and joyous

I joke that thanksgiving is my favorite Christian holiday & that Christmas is my favorite pagan holiday... a comment on our culture... I don't want to hear Christmas songs before thanksgiving... but I certainly want to hear this now

I almost posted this without pointing out P E R F C T V O C A L S...
when you move to NJ, you have a place on my worship team, but I suspect that you won't be following me... I'll be following you!
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kristyjo said 3941 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
I'm glad you had a chance to listen!
and that you enjoyed it! Although I'm now a church organist/pianist in a church that's more traditional in its musical expression, I'd gladly join your worship team if I ever decide to move to NJ.
I've really enjoyed listening to your music a lot, too. It is great to hear all of the different expressions of the human heart on this site. After all, that's why we were made to make music.
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drakonis said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Yule be famous!
Wow... first I'll get the tech-nit out... yes, this sounds slightly muffled, as if the bass & treble were a little low and the midrange (boomy guitar) was a little high... but besides that, I am soooo glad MissChaos insisted I come right over here & listen. This is indeed something that could become a Classic. There's something in here that is joyful, delightful chord progressions that are satisfying and uplifting... overall, it is one of those songs you could listen to over and over. And your performance on the instruments and singing is spectacular. The words blend in nicely and are not the cloyingly sweet Christian/Christmas carol fare, but are tasteful. Anyway, definitely a Fave & a Download. Now how do we Macjammers organize a posse and get this remixed and on the air? :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kristyjo said 3938 days ago (December 7th, 2006)
Drak, thanks for listening
I always appreciate your comments, because you point out the improvements that have to happen, along with kudos for things that went well. Like many musicians, i should 'take a class' in mixing, and why things sound different ways. This piece was difficult to pull together because it was recorded on a mic that's adequate for spoken word, but not for singing or instrumental work. I've since gotten a better mic, but my vocals have been quite scratchy & harsh since I had a bad cold last Spring. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the spirit of the song, and heard past the production to the music!
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paul f. page said 3942 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Christmas tune
"Prepare The Way" is quite beautiful, Kristijo. Well performed, simple, and full of joy. This is an instant liturgical classic and I hope you find many assemblies who want to use it this Advent. (I mean this as a compliment: it reminded me of the sound the Medical Mission Sisters made in the late 60s as the Catholic Church was just getting into folk music in the vernacular. Always a pleasant sound with a catchy tune. You've achieved that here, for sure.) I'm glad I found this little piece...and your skill in writing.
Peace.
Paul
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dreadmon said 3934 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
I love it!
This has so many interesting influences, it's so much more interesting than most Christmas music, KristyJo! It's vigorous and alive, beautiful and it's got a really nice rhythm. Wonderful vocals; the minor "salvation" is really amazing - a lot of ears, mine included, would expect that to be a major, and so the effect is quite stirring. Bravo!
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Andronis said 3925 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Great!
I really like this. I'm used to expecting that when I hear guitar music with any religious connotation to be very underwhelmed and disappointed with extreme monotony and shoddy lyrics. I'm delighted to say that it's not at all the case here. I really liked this!

Did you write the lyrics too? :)
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gail60 said 3678 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Such a happy song
I really enjoyed listening to this. You sing well and I loved the harmonies. You are a very talented lady. Thank you for sharing your great music with us.
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kristyjo said 3678 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
How pleasant -
to get a comment on a piece I haven't paid much attention to for awhile.

Thanks for listening, and welcome to MacJams!
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lisashaye said 3554 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Wonderful.
Hi Kristyjo, this is an amazing song. Thank you so much for taking your time for uploading it here. Wonderful Praise song!

God Bless,
Lisa
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kristyjo said 3553 days ago (December 28th, 2007)
Hi Lisa,
Thanks for coming over to take a listen! I'm always pleased to meet a new MacJammer! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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deniseregiane said 2873 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
Lyric
Hello! I loved this song. How can I get the lyric? I sing at the church and I want to sing this song. Thanks!
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