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Here's my jazz piano trio version of the old hymn "This Is My Father's World." The melody lends itself to some very appealing chord changes, which enhance its appeal, IMHO. I tried to structure the track so that you could sing or hum the melody, even when I am going off on a melodic tangent.

I have seen some modern versions of this hymn, which, in an effort to avoid sexism, alter the words to "This Is My Maker's World." That leaves me cold. "Father" and "Maker" are not equivalent. "Father" indicates a family relationship which "Maker" does not.

So all you politically correct hymnal editors out there, leave our hymns alone! (With apologies to Pink Floyd.)
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This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

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davisamerica said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Apologies to Pink Floyd ...
Hahaha got it! John this is just a wonderful take on the hymn. I agree with the statement on the PC lyric meddlers. I think this is a most amazing way to re vamp this music .... thank you and a download!
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said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
nice one, John
I don't think I've heard that hymn... Thanks for this rendition, very easy and enjoyable.

. - Harold
Boundless said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Sweet voicing indeed - I see the appeal.

Lovely, thanks !
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guitapick said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Great rendition/interpretation, John. I loved it...

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Scott Carmichael said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Really very good... such excellent playing... masterful
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Moviz said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
I'm not
familiar with this Hymn or the melody, but boy can you make it sound good.... I always love to hear you play, as it gives an immediate lift to my mood.... like a rays of sunlight, regards M
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peacepiano said 3768 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Cool Adaptation
Very Nice. I think I hear a new CD brewing, jazzed up traditional hymns and songs???

Enjoyed immensely
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Feter said 3767 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
This Is My Father's World
This is a real heartfelt piano piece ...the floatin of the notes
are amazingly graceful ...there s a smile on my face listening
to this song ...the piano song so wonderfully here ... just awesome
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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ktb said 3767 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
love to hear what you interpret with anything. Every time I think I comment I'm always gushng about the back up players only to realize thats you as well ;-) !
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paul f. page said 3767 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
John, John...
...Man, you've GOT THE TOUCH. This is fabulous! Your playing is superb (as usual), but the arrangement is really restrained this time around, a little bit of a departure from your usual semi-pyrotechnical stuff. THIS sound is just as appealing and so wonderfully pleasant to listen to. Was that a key change about 2 minutes in? Beautiful. You get an amazingly real sound from the Steinway. I am always impressed with your work, and this is no exception. (I feel a new CD shaping up: one based on standard hymns. An unlikely mine to tap, but you are doing it like no one else around. I'm looking forward to more.
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LunaTrick said 3767 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Nice work
Lovely arrangement... like the change ups a minute in with the chromatics!
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Rebsie said 3767 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
I confess I don't know the hymn ...
... but this is beautiful. Delightful twiddles and twirls played with such casual ease and delicate nuance. The obvious joy you take in your piano comes shining through in every note.
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Ibstrat said 3767 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
love your playing- this sounds like it could be an arrangement of a James Taylor song.Beautiful.
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Calchas said 3767 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
...by Zeus! Another sparkling interpretation of a spiritual classic.

Truly an aural pleasure friend!

Be well!
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Bazz said 3766 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Good Him tune
At risk of being thought a literary nerd it has always seemed to me that jazz improvisation should take some account of the lyrics of a tune. I think you have done this very well here John, as elsewhere. Nice chords too - as Salvationist General Booth once might have said "Why should the devil have all the best chord changes?"
John Stebbe said 3765 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
I normally don't respond to posts on my songs right here on the song page -- I just find a song that the poster has put up, and comment on his/her song, in return for the kindness of posting a comment on my song. But for you, Bazz, I have to make an exception. Your comment was probably the wittiest one that I can ever recall receiving, on any of my songs. "Why should the devil have all the good chord changes?" That brought a smile to my face!

And it's nice to know that someone on this site knows who General Booth was. (Those who don't -- that's what Google is for!! Look him up.) Take care, Bazz, and thanks for the comment.
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thetiler said 3765 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
You have this style down pat
and I mean pat.

A real pro sound and mellow the way it should be. Like the use of the dinner jazz percussion as well.

Very nicely down and down to a T in precision at least to me.
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I.G.M. said 3764 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
This is wonderful,
your playing is so tasty, so mellow and balanced.

I would have played some walking bass, or a bassline which is more supportive in matters of the strong points, the main accents.

It`s good to hear such well played jazz here.

Thx a lot!

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Daugrin said 3748 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
What a World
Mr. Roger's voicings never sound out of place, pretty voices Sir! Spirited, joyful and that right hand knocking some tastey fills. You win, it's irrepressible. Well Done.


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kristyjo said 3746 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Gently flowing
and peacefully confident (or should that be confidently peaceful?)I really like the chord changes and extensions you use here. And that key change for the third verse. Nicely done without calling attention to itself. This would definitely work with a vocalist as well as just as it is. Yes - nicely set for a CD of reflective hymns.

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jazzman1 said 3716 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Very smooth and engaging. I absolutely love what you have done with this song.
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b0rn2w0rsh1p said 3629 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
In your description, BIG difference between Maker and Father. Let the politically correct, correct themselves first! From a small ACORN a mighty oak will grow.....

Great work by the way...

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