Keep Your Lamps

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Keep Your Lamps

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Catalog No.
HMC577

Keep Your Lamps! arranged by Andre Thomas. For SATB choir and conga drums (Accompaniment: Conga Drums). Spiritual, Concert. Andre Thomas Series. Choral. Medium Easy Jr. High/High School or Easy Adult. Gospel. Medium Easy Jr. High/High School or Easy Adult. Octavo. 8 pages. Duration 2m16s. Published by Hinshaw Music Inc. (HI.HMC577).

As with many of the slave songs, this song's impetus came from hearing a sermon based upon the parable found in the book of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 1-13. In this passage of scripture, Jesus tells the story of the wise and foolish virgins. They had been told that the bridegorrm would be coming, thus they got their Lamps, trimmed them, and set them burning and went to the appointed place. However, the bridegroom did not arrive at the appointed time and the foolish only brought enough oil for one night. They then returned to get more oil and of course the bridegroom came while they were away. Jesus then says to his disciples, you know not the day nor the hour of my return. Be ye ready! As a response to this, one can only imagine the song stirring from the soul of one slave listener. Jesus was indeed deliverer and a hope for the slave. One can only speculate that this song wasw sung often, when there was a possibility of deliverance.

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Great and timeless spiritual
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5.0
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Beautiful spiritual with so much appeal! Congas add a special touch. No one conducts nor writes spirituals better than composer Andre Thomas. He is truly one of the great choral teachers of our time, and this anthem gives opportunities to teach oozing from every measure.

Your choir will find this anthem to be highly satisfying, particularly if the students learn to relax the tempo and feel the rhythm down to their toes.

Used in YouthCUE Festivals and for International Chorus and local student choirs. It has already become a classic in our time.

The Bottom Line

Pros
Superb appeal and attraction to this anthem
Cons
Watch the tempo ... the vast majority of directors take this anthem too fast.
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Great piece for young singers
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4.3
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5.0
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Young singers will quickly learn this piece, but there are lots of opportunity for "polishing". This is a great teaching piece that your singers will enjoy.

The Bottom Line

Pros
Accessible, repetitive harmony
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