He Keeps Me Singing Trumpet Hymn Duet

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by Luther Bridgers
Arr. Eddie Lewis

Trumpet duet sheet music for He Keeps Me Singing is available at:

Singing Hymns in My Sleep

The decision to add He Keeps Me Singing to the Trumpet Hymn Duet series was made when I woke up one morning already singing this hymn from when I was asleep. When I woke up, I sang the melody to Pearl and asked her if she know which hymn this was. When I got to the refrain, that’s when she said, “He Keeps Me Singing”.

This hymn was a delightful earworm for the rest of the day. A great pick-me-up during this very strange time we are living in. I just had to add it to the Trumpet Hymn Duet series.

Click the following button to go to the Trumpet Play-Along video of this arrangement in our You Play First Chair video series:

Trumpet Hymn Duet No. 18

We are quickly approaching my goal of 21 Trumpet Hymn Duets. Three more to go after this one. Being so close to the first goal makes me want to just get them all done as soon as possible.

And in fact, we have the last three planned out. I won’t ruin it for you and spill the beans. Ha ha! And I also won’t promise a timeline. I try to live my life according to what James says about not saying what we will do tomorrow. And the times that I have gone against that, it has always gone badly for me.

That is, by the way, one of the things that they say to do in business and marketing, etc, is to chum-the-waters, so to speak. They tell you to build anticipation for your new products. But I won’t do that in a way that goes against James 4.13-15. Not intentionally.

Anyway, yes, He Keeps Me Singing is number eighteen in the Trumpet Hymn Duet series. My goal is 21 duets before I compile them and publish the series as a single trumpet duet book. And at this point I do have the names of the last three in the series. In fact, I will be starting the 19th duet this morning, as soon as I’m done writing this blog post.

He Keeps Me Singing

He Keeps Me Singing Trumpet Hymn Duet Sample Score

This Trumpet Hymn Duet is very different from the others because I change to a swing style after the first chorus. I didn’t want to write dotted-eight/sixteenth rhythms, because I don’t think today’s younger musicians understand that rhythm in the context of hymns. That was an old style of writing swing that a lot of younger people interpret too literally. So I wrote the swing section as eighth-notes and set the style to swing.

I also made sure that the rhythms were church rhythms and not jazzy rhythms. For those of you who don’t know, there was a swing style in the churches that predates jazz by a few decades. Well, at least that’s my understanding of it. And it is not the same as jazz swing. So I tried to keep the rhythms and the articulations consistent with the hymn style I’m hearing in my mind’s ear. I hope that makes sense.

Not that I have a problem with jazzed up hymns, mind you. Ha ha! I’ve even recorded a few myself on the album I recorded with my uncle. That album is called Rivers of Life and you can hear it on any of the streaming platforms. It’s just that “jazzed up” is not what this Trumpet Hymn Duet series is about.

Jesus Jesus Jesus

For me, my favorite part of the hymn is the refrain. Sometimes I’ll be singing the hymn around the house, but silently, in my head. Then, suddenly, when I get to the refrain, I’ll sing out loud, “Jesus Jesus Jesus, Sweetest name I know!” Then I return to singing silently. Ha ha!

This is a big part of what the hymns are for. They are unique compositions in that they can sound complete with any and all instrumentations.

It’s interesting to me. When I first began publishing my Unadorned Trumpet Hymns, (which is an entirely different series of hymns from this one) people actually came to me and said, “I didn’t know you could do that! I didn’t know it was possible.” They didn’t know you can play a hymn as a single voiced instrument and that it could sound good enough for public consumption.

Now more and more people are doing it. Which is good. I’m glad.

See, you can’t do that with a praise and worship song. Well, I mean, yes you can, but it won’t sound as full and complete as a hymn done that way. If you sing or play a praise and worship song without accompaniment, it will always feel like something is missing… because something IS missing! Right?

Anyway, the point is that you can walk around singing the hymns to yourself and musically speaking, there is nothing lacking. I think about this a lot in the context of what it would be like to live through an apocalyptic scenario. No electricity. No amplified instruments. No karaoke. Just people lifting their voices to God. Whether they are singing alone or with a group, the hymns were built specifically for THAT!

I can see it now… ha ha…. Mad Max at Thunder Dome…. and the crowd gathers together and cries out in harmony “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know!”

He Keeps Me Singing Lyrics

Here are the full lyrics for the hymn:

  1. There’s within my heart a melody
    Jesus whispers sweet and low,
    Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
    In all of life’s ebb and flow.
    • Refrain:
      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
      Sweetest Name I know,
      Fills my every longing,
      Keeps me singing as I go.
  2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
    Discord filled my heart with pain,
    Jesus swept across the broken strings,
    Stirred the slumb’ring chords again.
  3. Feasting on the riches of His grace,
    Resting ’neath His shelt’ring wing,
    Always looking on His smiling face,
    That is why I shout and sing.
  4. Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,
    Trials fall across the way,
    Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
    See His footprints all the way.
  5. Soon He’s coming back to welcome me,
    Far beyond the starry sky;
    I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,
    I shall reign with Him on high.

While I do own several physical hymnals, I get most of my hymns from TimelessTruths.org.

Trumpet duet sheet music for He Keeps Me Singing is available at:

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