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Songbook Review: Living in the Light
Michael Dulin
Cover image of the songbook Living in the Light by Michael Dulin
Living in the Light
Michael Dulin
2018 / Equity Digital Music
88 pages / 14 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Living in the Light is the companion solo piano songbook to Michael Dulin’s 2018 recording by the same name. Both contain fourteen classic hymns arranged and transcribed by Dulin, who is an extremely accomplished pianist and composer. I need to say upfront that this songbook is not for beginners or intermediate pianists. Pianists with small hands will also run into difficulties as there are many reaches of a tenth or more throughout the music. Of course, there are work-arounds like rolling the chords or shortening them, but playing the pieces exactly as written will be a problem if you don’t have a wide reach. Those are the negatives. The arrangements are full and often have variations that are quite “showy” and complex. Several of the pieces have sections of the melody played with the left hand, which is a very pleasant and interesting contrast to how they are usually played. These arrangements would be best performed during offertory, as solo piano anthems or interludes, or at the beginning and end of services. The book itself is spiral-bound with full-color artwork from the CD on the front and back covers. The notation is roomy and clear with expression and metronome settings included. The books are available from www.MichaelDulin.com and Amazon. Recommended for advanced pianists with big hands!

The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are as follows:

Be Thou My Vision - Key of Eb (3 flats) / C (0 sharps or flats) / G (1 sharp) - 9 pages
Jesus Paid It All - Key of C/ F (1 flat) - 4 pages
Fairest Lord Jesus - Key of G / Eb - 8 pages
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Shall We Gather At The River- Key of G - 7 pages
How Firm A Foundation - Key of Eb / C / Db (5 flats) - 5 pages
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Key of G / Eb / B (5 sharps) - 7 pages
Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 7 pages
In The Garden - Key of D (2 sharps) / B /G - 9 pages
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less - Key of G / Eb - 4 pages
Holy, Holy, Holy - Key of C / Ab (4 flats) - 8 pages
There is a Balm in Gilead - Key of Db / C - 4 pages
April 15, 2018
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