Hymns of the Heart by Jerald Simon, features 9 arrangements of well known and beloved hymns. Each hymn arrangement was “spontaneous” and recorded in an improvisational way – without any rehearsing or prior planning for the arrangement. Jerald wanted to “feel” the arrangements out and let them come naturally – spur of the moment and freely. Generally, Jerald writes out the music beforehand and plays note for note what he has composed/arranged prior to recording, but in this case, he wanted to let the music speak for itself without any forced or rehearsed guidance or assistance. What came out during the recording is what you hear. It is what Jerald felt as he recorded the music.
“Jerald Simon’s hymn arrangements are as beautiful as they are musically interesting. I’m sure people are going to love hearing them in church meetings or wherever they are played.” – Jon Schmidt (Piano Guys)
“Jerald is a gifted pianist who has put together a lovely heartfelt collection of Hymns.” – Paul Cardall (Music Producer, Film Composer, Recording Artist)
“Jerald Simon’s arrangement of A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief is peaceful and soothing. It is not rushed, allowing lines to breathe and resolve. He continues to produce music that will bring spiritual comfort to those who are listening.” – Josh Wright (concert pianist and online piano teacher)
The 9 hymn arrangements are:
1. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
2. Abide With Me; ’tis Eventide
3. Come, Follow Me
4. Did You Think to Pray?
5. Father in Heaven, We Do Believe
6. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
7. Joseph Smith’s First Prayer
8. Love At Home
9. Sweet Hour of Prayer
Watch videos featuring some of Jerald’s hymn arrangements from this album below!