We’re now in the studio working on the 3rd part of Psalm 88. As we bring this track together, we’ve had the privilege of working with our good friend Jared Haschek.
Jared is based in near our home town in Australia, and works in both Nashville TN, and Melbourne Australia with some of the best musicians in the world. Jared has written the string arrangements for Psalm 88c and we had some of the best strings players in Melbourne in the studio to record this week. Hope you enjoy this short sneak peek, filmed in the Melbourne studio as we captured this beautiful string arrangement.
It was back in the 90s that I first heard Light of Life on my local Christian radio station. I soon came to know the Sons of Korah band as my band, Compliments of Gus, rubbed shoulders with them in churches and festivals around Australia. I have always admired their musicianship and songwriting, so it was a real thrill to be invited to write a string arrangement for Psalm 88c.
When I had written the initial draft of the arrangement, Spike (Sons of Korah producer, bass player) and I spent some time together working through it to really hone in on what he was looking for. “It’s a bit too Disney” was the initial comment, so we intentionally worked together to get a darker, more melancholy sound that better matched the text.
After a couple iterations, we were both very happy with the result, which we then tracked with an 8 piece string section at The Base studios in South Melbourne. The players were drawn from Melbourne’s best freelance musicians, fresh from rehearsals with the Victorian State Ballet, and brought the arrangement to life superbly. I hope everyone enjoys the result!
Psalm 88c will be available to our App subscribers later this year as we complete this 3 part musical interpretation of Psalm 88, widely considered one of the saddest Psalms in the Bible.