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Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Greg Thompson's arrangement of this hymn has been a favorite of mine since helping Richard Rieves with his church plant in Fort Collins six or seven years ago. I favor this arrangement because it can be played upbeat and though the structure is not difficult, it has a memorable tune. A couple of years back, I attempted a dance rock version with a borrowed chorus and new melody from the hymn "And Can It Be that I Should Gain". This call-and-answer chorus seemed to work well with the various youth retreats I was playing, so it stuck.

On a technical note, the drums were recorded acoustically and later replaced mathematically in post production. The integrity of the original performance was maintained, though the samples were altered to fit the electronic style. The band all agrees that this was one of their favorite tunes to record because of its experimental, electronic, and uptempo nature.
I thoroughly enjoy this hymn's emphasis on how madly in love with us our Savior is. He not only built us, but He actually likes us! The Father loves His children with such an amazing level of intimacy, and I find this hymn a fantastic reminder of the fact. Salvation is mine not because I have achieved, but rather because I am so loved. What freedom and peace it is to be sure.


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