Hymns sung by: Renee Carmine
Keyboard Arrangements by: Randy F. Rubio
My interest in playing the piano began when I entered college. I was too old and it was too late. Worst, we could not afford to pay for lessons let alone afford to buy a piano so the process was long and difficult. However, I persevered. I taught myself how to play it and practiced wherever I can.
Through the years, what I did not learn through formal music lessons I compensated with my love for the instrument. Soon after, I attempted to write a few songs and was sometimes fortunate to create melodies that people liked. I always knew they were God’s incentive to help me pursue my quest for inspiring music not by any means created from my own ability. It has always been my desire to express my favorite hymns in contemporary musical genres. I wanted to arrange them in a way that would appeal to a younger generation of kids from eight to ninety-two.
God does truly work in mysterious ways. He granted my desire for a musical gift at a most unexpected time. When we were faced with losing almost everything that money could buy, the Lord preserved everything for us more precious than riches. During this time of great adversity, I received through God’s grace, what has always eluded me for years, sudden bursts of musical inspiration in only a few days. At one point, I created new melodies for sixteen hymns in three days, a feat I can only attribute as God's gift for someone so undeserving as I am.
On this page, we showcase hymns that I have rearranged to contemporary melodies and style. My daughter, Renee Carmine, sang the hymns. We have tried our best to keep the hymns in good taste especially the ones that pertain to the Savior.
How Great Thou Art
Text: Stuart K. Hine, 1899
I Am a Child of God
Text: Naomi W. Randall, 1908
I Believe in Christ
Text: Bruce R. McKonkie, 1985
Love at Home
Text: John Hugh McNaughton, 1891
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Text: William W. Walford, 1850
These are not perfect creations especially because I am not a trained musician. The only rule I follow is that "if it sounds good, it must be right." We could further tweak the recording and remove the minor errors (some notes going flat, for example, or some perceptible hiss) but due to limited funds from generous donors, these were recorded on "one-take basis only" which is a tribute to my daughter's talent. With a trained musician and a larger budget, these rearrangements will sound even more beautiful. We are looking for a publisher who might see a potential for this music and take a risk on us.
Please come back and visit again. We have more hymns that we will post here from time to time. We would also appreciate if you can leave your comments.