Adam Ondi-Ahman is a hymn I've sung only once in my life, when my ward choir director taught this song when I was a teenager. I was thinking about two Spirituals adapted by Copeland that I recorded with Robyn Wells, and it came to me that Adam Ondi-Ahman would sound good with a similar setting.
When I played for the Cheney Family Christmas Celebration, my dear grandparents were able to attend. They have always been very supportive of me, especially during the year that I lived with them and they fed me and bailed me out of numerous car troubles. Following the performance, Grandma requested that I arrange I Stand All Amazed for Grandpa, to be played at his funeral. He is in good health for a 90+ year old, but it lit a fire under me to hurry and write this arrangement so he could hear it before he passed. I struggled a great deal with this arrangement. As one of the most melodic hymns, it stands on its own, with little needing to be done harmonically to spice it up, but I still wanted to do something special. Because of my struggles, this arrangement is also probably one of my most experimental works. I really wanted "Oh, It is Wonderful!" to stand out, and I hope that this arrangement accomplishes that goal. For you, Grandpa!