Gloria Sickal grew up in Michigan, the daughter of a pastor. She graduated from high school in Battle Creek and briefly worked for Kellogg. After she graduated, she took a position teaching high school French in Anderson. There she met Bill Gaither, who was teaching English. They married in and began writing songs together. In recent years, Gloria has been active in the Gaither Homecoming series of concerts and recordings.
In she received an honorary doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University. After graduating in he taught high school English in Anderson, where he met and married Gloria, also on the faculty. He worked at Pure Horsehair - Aubade teaching and music careers until when he quit teaching to work fulltime in the Christian music industry.
His first hit song was "He Touched Me" in Since the decision to pursue full-time music careers, the Gaithers have published more than songs, recorded 40 albums, produced videos, and founded the large Gaither Music Company. Neils Theme - Robin Guthrie • Harold Budd - Music From The Film Mysterious Skin all the biblical images for Jesus, that of a shepherd to the flock is one of the most endearing and enduring.
There are numerous attributes of a shepherd: leader, provider, guardian, protector, healer, defender, and others. Gloria Gaither's opening two words set the image for this song with the modifier "gentle. With simple phrases, the text describes one aspect of the relationship between the Shepherd and the sheep — between Jesus and the church.
As poetry, the text is in an irregular meter with an interesting rhyming structure. There are four phrases that rhyme in repetitions of two words: way, day, day, way. The first, second and fourth phrases contain internal rhymes: lead us, feed us, lead us.
The simplicity of textual structure is matched by a simplicity of musical structure. The melody is organized around the primary notes of F and A. With the exception of eight notes, the melody is contained within an interval of a fourth. Of the four phrases of this hymn, the first, second and fourth are identical musically, with the third providing some contrast. Harmonically, the style of "Gentle Shepherd" is very much a pop style, with the use of seventh and ninth chords, secondary dominants, and lyrical voice leading and melodic resolutions.
Rhythmically, the melody is well-suited to the text, with the most important words as well as internal and terminal rhymes given emphasis with longer note values. In all their recordings and performances of this Roll On Jordan - The Gospel Brass - Gentle Shepherd on albums, videos and the Homecoming broadcasts, the Gaithers use a quiet, slow, prayerful style of singing and accompanying.
See Was It You? - Chynna* & Vaughan* - One Reason Heritage Singers' YouTube video of this song. There are no great crescendos or volumes much above a mezzo-piano.
Choirs as well as congregations will enjoy singing this in full four-part a cappella harmony. It work well Roll On Jordan - The Gospel Brass - Gentle Shepherd a song for Holy Communion, prayer, invitation, weddings, baptisms, and funeral services.
See more Hymn Studies. Upper Room Worshipbook Contents List. Use this guide to introduce a congregation or group to the contents of The Upper Room Worshipbookor adapt it to your own plan. It will d. The entire list may be su. Pete Shore - Boss Hog - Cold Hands Store About Contact Us. Blog Calendar Content Library. September 23, 23 September Sep. Gaither b. Words Of all the biblical images for Jesus, that of a shepherd to the flock is one of the most endearing and enduring.
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