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November 23rd, 2012 | Filed Under: Author, Music, Nicholas Bogosian0 Comments | Author:

An original song by Nicholas Bogosian of Psalm 43 in the style of a capella mountain ballad singing.

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When I (Mitch Kuhn), first listened to this song I was a bit surprised and did not initially enjoy it immensely or understand it, just like the first time I had red wine. I realized that this style of music is like fine wine, you have to develop a taste to fully appreciate it’s depth. I encourage you to listen to it a number of times and read Nicholas’s explanation below. This has become one of my favorite songs.

Nicholas’s explanation

In the summer of 2007, I became immersed in early American mountain music while visiting family in North Georgia, just an hour from Mike & Sandi Vinson. For the next two years, while learning clawhammer banjo, I developed a voracious appetite for early field recordings of mountain musicians and singers. One part of that musical training was becoming familiar with the vocal stylings of ballad singers, who often sang a capella. At first, this music seemed so foreign and difficult to grasp despite the allure.

Over time, it became less difficult to digest. As this journey has begun in burning out the carnal lyrics of our American music tradition and in composing new songs with spiritual content, I have found this music tradition very complimentary to the nature of our walk. You can literally hear the burden of some of these mountain singers, lacking all shame for displaying it in all of its ruggedness. On the other end, you can hear such jubilation in their banjo and fiddle dance tunes and the characteristic “mountain holler'”. So I found it fitting to create a song which (like the psalms themselves) tell a story from beginning, middle, to end. There is not only jubilation in our walk, but also sorrow. Sometimes these co-mingle. But we have to go through the valley just as we have to go up the mountain.


I Shall Yet Praise Him

Psalms 43 is the first part of the lyrics.

Psa 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
Psa 43:2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Psa 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Psa 43:4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Psa 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!
Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!
Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!

Thy will be done
Only You can overcome
In our weakness You are strong…
to save

Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!
Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!
Raise a joyful shout to the Lord!

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