ABOUT THE SONG
"When I started leading singing at the age of 14, the songbook we used had only about 15 communion songs. There were really only about five that we rotated
through so, from an early age, I had the desire to write an acapella song for the Lord's Supper.
When I think about the communion, it brings a wide range of emotions from the sadness of the humiliation to the ecstasy of Jesus' victory over death which culminated in His
I wanted to capture those feelings by taking the singer through the events surrounding the cross from Jesus' pray in the garden, through the excruciating pain of the cross to the glorious
end of the story, His glorification as King. And, truthfully, what seemed like an end began the beginning of His triumphal reign as Wonderful Counselor, Glorious King and Prince of
It is my hope that this song will stir within each of us a rededication to the One who sacrificed so much so that we, too, could be resurrected and spend eternity in His glorious light. May
God be praised!"
In 1983, I didn't own a personal computer. I didn't purchase one until years later when I acquired a used Commodore 64. To my knowledge there was no such
thing as software to create or annotate acapella music and I don't recall even knowing that software designed to annotate in shaped notes was available until late into the 90s. When this
song was written, my only option was to draw out each note on a piece of graph paper, specifically made for music, and that how the written form of "Risen A Savior" was created.
I thought it would be interesting for the reader to reminisce about times long ago when creativity was your only option. Only recently, and with the help of Aneva Pierce, could this song be
recreated using a software annotation program so it would be easier to read and reproduce."
D. Douglas Hoffman, composer