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Katey Ann: Music

Vision

(Katey Ann)
June 20, 2009
Katey Ann with Kirk Brunson, Bagpipes

Be Thou My Vision has long been my favorite hymn, a beautiful blend of poetic words and an Irish tune. Yet the basic piano arrangement I had used in performances several times just was not enough for what I wanted for my favorite hymn. It needed something more, another instrument. Being a traditional Irish tune, bagpipes immediately came to mind. And would not my favorite traditional tune of O Shenadoah be the perfect tune to blend in with this enchanting song? Little did I know I was going to learn why bagpipes and piano have rarely, if ever, been combined. Through the whole composing and recording process, my fingers were crossed on whether this song would be pulled off. But we did, and the result was unique song that has become one of the favorites on the CD recording.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,

Naught be all else to me save that Thou art.

Thou my best thought by day or by night;

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my Light.