Nearer My God to Thee (for 9 cellos) - The Piano Guys





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Published on Sep 21, 2011

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Story behind the song:
This week we thought we'd reach back to our roots. We rolled the cameras in a place where they have rolled many times before -- Sundance, Utah. Steve has spent many summers there in a cabin built by his grandfather. It's also where he proposed to his wife (she said yes, by the way =) Such an incredible place of beauty and raw nature merited a piece of music that matched the setting. This arrangement of Nearer My God to Thee was the first song Steve and Al recorded together. It is based upon and inspired by an arrangement of James Stevens for 9 voices (arranged for the BYU singing group "Vocal Point"). For us music often is a spiritual experience -- a way to connect with others, with nature, and with a loving God. This video is not meant to exclude those that do not believe in God. We hope everyone can find beauty in this music and relate it to how they feel when they experience joy-whether it's joy from hiking in nature, spending time with family, serving others, or relaxing on a beach. Enjoy!

Filmed at Stewart Falls in Sundance, Utah

Music attributed to Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Arrangement by James Stevens (arranged for BYU Vocal Point)
9-cello adaption by Steven Sharp Nelson
Music produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by Steven Sharp Nelson
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott

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Comments • 5,701

Gentlemen. It has been an honor watching this video with you.
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art is at the service of God, the Creator of all things
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Anderson Gonçalves
music is infinity! It is created by God for God Himself.
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khurram Wadiwalla
only time you should thumb down an artist is if you can create music better than they can
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Pelytha Situmorang 'a lamp'
Let's sing together to praise our Greatest Creator, The GOD Lord in JESUS CHRIST, Alleluia Lyrics : "NEARER, MY GOD TO THEE" Nearer, my God to Thee, nearer to Thee E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me Still all my song shall be nearer, my God to thee Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down Darkness be over me, my rest a stone Yet in my dreams I'll be, nearer my God to Thee Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee Amen !
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Bushcraft Baxter
Can this be played on loud speaker during the second coming?
I'm in love with all of your music is beautiful please keep it on
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Matthew Alexander
such a beautiful instrument! i've had mine for over 14 years and never learnt to play it properly...today i dust it off and begin learning again. Keep up the great work!
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Becky Norris
This is my fantasy. To sit in random fields, rock outcroppings, creeks, and various other places in nature and play some musical instrument with great talent(which I don't have). On a serious note this is very beautiful and I love the nature scenes. <3
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Over 800 thumbs down... There must be a reason! Yet I can't think of any reason to dislike such a peaceful music. Could it be that 800 guys are angry after everything/everyone, so they need to show it to the world?  It would be so sad...I hope it's only trollers randomly picking popular videos to dislike.
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