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“Blessed” Rachael Lampa Piano and Guitar Chords

blessed.jpgOnce, my sister asked me, “What is your favorite song to play on the piano?” It struck me that I’ve never really thought about that! After a quick mental review of my repertoire, I decided, “Blessed, by Rachael Lampa.”

This incredible song written by Cindy Morgan and Ginny Owens (two very talented Christian song writers) was hailed one of the top songs of Christian music. Consequently, it is the one song that most people identify Rachael Lampa with.

I love the accompaniment to this piece. It has a great Gospel music-type feel to it. And it plays well on piano as an accompaniment even without all the orchestration and background vocals. Enjoy!

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June 12th, 2006 | 1 Comment | Chords, Music

“You Are So Beautiful” Joe Cocker Piano and Guitar Chords

joe_cocker.jpgSo, I was watching last Sunday’s Desperate Housewives Episode “Don’t Look at Me” (Episode 219) and saw a scene with Karl and Susan right before a Bar Mitzvah. They were listening to a band, trying to decide if the group was good for Edie’s wedding. Then, as Susan was rejecting a resilient Karl, the band started to play the classic song “You Are So Beautiful” (Made popular by Joe Cocker).

That scene inspired me to find (or make) chords to this song. I found two really promising versions by Rimsky, Darryl McMullen, or Joe Cocker and Anonymous. I’ve combined the two versions and added a little of my own flair (and countless fixes) after close listening and relistening to the episode and the original Joe Cocker recording. What’s really weird is that when I was chording this song, I recognized a marked similarity between “Find Your Wings” and “You are So Beautiful.” Does anyone else hear that? It would be interesting if Mark Harris sought inspiration from this song!

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April 24th, 2006 | 2 Comments | Chords, Music

“How Could I Ask For More” Cindy Morgan Piano and Guitar Chords

best_so_far.jpgAlumni weekend for my high school, Jefferson Christian Academy, is coming up this weekend and I’m going. This and the upcoming graduation next month make reminisce over my graduation, which was about a year ago.

I was in charge of filling three musical numbers in the grand three-day engagement. I had two of them filled: a group some of us students formed and a duet with a friend. But, there was one more slot to fill for the actual graduation ceremony. My classmates suggested that my brother sing something. But what? My sister, recalling past graduation ceremonies she attended suggested “How Could I Ask For More” from the “Best So Far” album. She remembers hearing her friend singing that song in my brother’s graduation. After reading the lyrics, I found that this song was very appropriate for a high school graduation.

“..some dreams that are realities today. Such an irony the things that mean the most to me are the memories that I’ve made along the way.”

“So if there’s anything I’ve learned from this journey I am on, simple truths witll keep you going and simple love will keep you strong. Cause there are questions without answers and flames that never die. And hearchtaches we go through are often blessings in disguise.”

“Thank you lord. How could I ask for more.”

Especially towards the end, I think this song embodies the high school experience of dreams, realities, memories, friendships, truths, questions, answers, love, and heartache. If you’re looking for a song to sing during graduation, consider this one.

My brother did end up singing this song. For fun, I created my own chords from the actual recording. I believe that they are very accurate.

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April 12th, 2006 | 6 Comments | Chords, Music

 
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