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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 21, 2017 Under: WIP
Hey all!
This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Musical options
   Generally, most movies would get someone to do what is known as scoring. When you score something, it can be a goal too, but not in music, haha. In music, you are simply writing the coordination for a symphony or orchestra or whatever set you envision for the particular part of the film or production.
   In my case, this comes down to me. I have basically 0 experience in writing for a symphony. After Exodus I will have at least a little, hahaha. This week's focus came down to looking for solutions to the lack of melody dilemma.
   Not that this is a new issue. I've shared last week how I still needed to go look into Moses' song at the sea (Exodus 15) and that happened this week. One of the songs I mentioned I would embed, is this one:

Thank YOU LORD! So beautiful!

At some points it sounds like her voice is a bit softer and then she comes with that fullness. Just luv that surprise every time it comes through.

Here is my playlist of version of the song at the sea (I tried embedding it, but it only embeds a single video...):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL76duPL9DPdbgIZ8ps-ieQ6X2wTrlhFFW

 - Cantillation
   Most of what is in the playlist is what is known as Cantillation or Trope. This is the practice of chanting or "reading" the Torah. There are symbols in some of the transcriptions that show you how to chant it.
From a Biblical stand point, there is no clear origin (that I've read anyway). The practice dates back (according to the Koltor Corp software) 2300BC. That is a very old tradition and according to the Symposium video, it has been quite consistent over the centuries and has been written down periodically since the Renaissance - which was used to measure the changes over time.
   Cantillation is usually without musical accompaniment and is considered a very very complicated and difficult thing to master. I can understand that, because you would have to basically respond like a sampler would. Where you see the symbol, you need to sing a sample with the words that you see before you.

   I am not new to this process. There is a project I have recorded for:
http://www.musicofthebible.com/

   Unfortunately because of my lack of notation skills, I messed up on a large part of the recordings (I depended solely on the electronic voice, which has many harmonies and most of the time, I went with the wrong one, haha). Since then, I transcribed them first in a MIDI package, learned the pitch with that and then recorded. Haven't heard back from Dennis and he obviously didn't use what I sent him. No hard feelings of course - I was extremely inconsistent. I still want to do all of them. At this point, I have sent him 5 completed Psalms (136, 150, 23, 117, 146) (vocals and mixes - 23 I did to learn the proper pronunciation, because Yakov did such a stunning job and I felt a bit lost), but there are still a few to do. Soooooo many great things there are to do, so little time.

After listening to those just now (sorry, don't have permission to share or post them), I really want to chant Exodus 15 or possibly portions from 7-12 where appropriate to add them. Definitely want to do Exodus 15 as a finish, but will leave that to the HOLY SPIRIT to lead me to or away from.

   I do encourage you to check out Joshua's presentation from the Cantillation Symposium. There are so few voices like his! It was so amazing to listen to and I know you'll luv it too! The history is interesting too, hahaha.

 - Setting to music
   Now there is of course the English only route as well, where I could simply set the song at that sea to music. The problem is that it's neither simple not quick, haha. I have never successfully put anything to music, so this is a very new process for me. I haven't written much in the line of original music either. The closest to that would be the original arrangements on my channel of Public Domain hymns. Still so much to learn.

As a bonus, here is another embedding of an amazing song!

Thank YOU LORD JESUS!!

If you want to know who sang it, it's Jonathan Settel. What a voice!!!!!!! GOD is so amazing!!!

This week has been a tremendous learning experience and I cannot thank the LORD enough for all of it!
Thank you for reading!

Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with this. Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"

To find out more, you can check out this link:
http://www.crossallegiance.org/knowJesus.html
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!


Sources:
- Cantillation - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantillation

- Cybarmitzvah's videos on Cantillation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ft5XW3AoA8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ht3DyXBLcI

- TurboBible
http://www.crossallegiance.org/turbobible.html

- Torah picture (Beth Yaacov Torah D├ętails) by Moumou82 - Public Domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beth_Yaacov_Torah_D%C3%A9tails.JPG

- The Westiminster Leningrad Codex, a digital transcription of the Leningrad Codex with Cantillation marks - Public Domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLC4.14-Torah.pdf

- Joshua Hosseinof - Parashat Chukat 1st Aliyah - Ashkenazi Nusach and pronunciation - Public Domain

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Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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