I thought you might be interested in how this song was created. A number of years ago I was listening to an Amy Grant Christmas album and heard a song performed primarily by bagpipes entitled “Highland Cathedral”. I was so moved by the music that I was inspired to write some lyrics to it. I discovered that the tune was written by two German composers, Michael Korb and Ulrich Roever, and that the publishing rights were held by Universal Music in Germany. I sent the publisher my lyrics and was surprised that they sent me a contract for the publishing rights to my song.
Meanwhile, I learned of a talented music producer in Nashville, TN – Larry Hall – and for a reasonable fee he produced this version of my song. It begins with bagpipe music and then transitions into male and female vocals, full orchestration, and a dramatic climax. It would be an appropriate choice for an Easter or Christmas anthem, but because it deals with the Christian story starting with creation and moving to the fall, the incarnation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection (all in less than 3:30 minutes), it could really be used any time of the year.
Just recently I discovered that I could make my song available online via iTunes, Amazon Mp3 and others and so (drum roll please) here it is! Just go to the top of this page and click on “Preview – Download” and then follow the directions on that page. Once you’re there you can preview it before you buy so I hope you’ll at least give it a listen and let me know what you think.
Also, for those of you who might want to sing it in your church, I’ve also made just the intrumental track available so you can use in karaoke style. Just click on the”lyrics” above to get the words.
To God alone be the glory!
Bob Leety said:
Quite coincidently I’ve been working on an arrangement for Highland Cathedral that utilizes Flute, Bagpipes, Tin Whistle and Pipe Organ…it may sound a little disjointed, but in reality, it is really quite beautiful AND powerful, at least IMHO. And, for its “unveiling” for church this Sunday, I wanted to put together a PPT presentation but any of the lyrics I’d found on the internet were either goofy or just plain inappropriate for church. Quite fortuitously for me, I was speaking with a music director (for the church that’s next to your daytime location) about my project and she mentioned your lyrics. An unexpected home run!!!
So, we will be using the lyrics on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church, Easton, PA, both morning services…and more than likely for our upcoming organ dedication concert which will be on the evening of Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Thanks for your labor of love.
Very best regards,
Wow, that’s really cool Bob. I just learned recently that Word Music now has “Love Won the Fight” available on their website as a choral Easter anthem, including orchestration. I’ve posted the link on my website if you’re interested in looking at it for Easter, or whatever.
If you record your services at your church I’d love to get a copy to see what your arrangement sounds like! Thanks so much for informing me of your intentions to use my lyrics. Blessings!
Bob Leety said:
I think this one’s, as they say in the movies, “in the can”. My wife and I played it for offertory music at our church yesterday. If you’d like to hear/see it, go to http://sn.im/lovewonthefight . Also, I’ve tried to give you proper attribution for your work, but this isn’t what I do for a living so I’m not sure about all the legal stuff…just want you to know that I’m grateful for your lyrics.
Thanks! That was really cool. I’ve often thought it would be interesting to come up with some classical artwork that tells the same story as the song and have those paintings featured while the song is being performed. But I liked your images as well. Your attribution was perfect, by the way.