This project has been a long time in the making. I have been a church musician for a number of years, but have never sat down to record my "improvised arrangements" of hymns. What you will hear is essentially just that; none of the music was written down before-hand, or really even planned, it is simply the result of what came out of my fingers at the particular moments I sat down to record. I must admit, there were a few notes that I may have opted to change afterwards, but that also would defeat the spirit of the recording. I chose to do an album of some of the oldest traditional hymn tunes that I was familiar with. These seem to resonate deeply because of their sheer beauty and simplicity, and also their timeless nature. Many of these have found several different lyrics applied to them over the years, and some have been used in a number of different applications, for example Aaron Copland's use of Simple Gifts in his masterpiece Appalachian Spring. For that reason I tried to include the hymn tune name (the one you can find at the bottom right-hand corner in most hymnals, written in capital letters) as well the title you may be more familiar with. There are many people to thank: my family for their support, the wonderful people at Normandy Methodist Church, Dave Spyrodin, Kathy Simpson, Norm Lambert, Rick Lewis, and John Hughes for their contributions to this project, and many more. I truly hope you enjoy this CD. -Brian Cashwell.