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Then He'll Calm My Aching Heart original SATB
(2001) Some songs just seem to be more important than others, you know? For several years I was the piano player for Inspiration, the elite choir at the LDS Institute of Religion in St. George, Utah. I loved that group more than life itself, and wanted to write a song everyone in the group could identify with, love, and embrace. I wanted to write the perfect song for them to perform. I slaved over pages and pages of paltry lyrics, each word falling short of the feeling I wanted. Nothing inspired came. Then, one night I fell to my knees in desperate frustration. I pleaded with the Lord for words that not only I and my friends would be pleased with, but words that He would be pleased with as well. I gave it all up to God. Halfway through my prayer, the title phrase came into my head. The rest, as they say, is history: within 15 minutes, I had created a lyrical poem revolving around judgment day and the realities of the atonement. Although at times I have not lived worthy of it, I declare that the spirit of the Lord inspired every word. Tears fell freely down my cheeks as I played the first chord progression, which seemed to write itself. It was so easy relying on the spirit. This was my gift for Inspiration, borne of divine inspiration. The song is set for choir, with soloists coming out of the choir to sing at various times. It's personal for this group, as every member had at least a two-bar solo. My friends embraced the song totally, internalizing it as I had hoped, crying with me during multiple performances where the spirit was so strong. Some friends still talk about the influence Then He'll Calm has had on their lives. It's those tears that make it all worth it for me, because I know a heart has been touched the way my heart is touched by powerful messages. The audio is the ORIGINAL recording with the St. George Inspiration choir, recorded on analog tape in 2001. I consider this composition the real beginning to AaronWaite.com.