Jan Potts


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O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Artist: Jan Potts
Genre: Classical
Duration: 00:02:43

O Sacred Head Now Wounded, played on a baritone dulcimer tuned AEa.

Jan Potts
04/04/18 09:06:01PM @jan-potts:

Thank you, Ariane!

04/04/18 02:05:46PM @ariane:

It is so wonderful!

Dusty Turtle
11/09/17 03:18:54PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Jan.  I missed Steven's comment because I was too lazy to start reading at the beginning. D'oh!

You sure do a fine job with this tune!

Jan Potts
11/09/17 01:49:07PM @jan-potts:

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 286
Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750
Tune: PASSION CHORALE, Meter: 76.76 D

I had thought that JS Bach composed the tune, but it was written more than 100 years before he was born.  He did, however, come up with the wonderful harmony, which is what makes this piece so rich and full....and a challenge to play!

I am playing it by ear, so don't have any tab for this, but I'm sure it exists somewhere!

Jan Potts
11/09/17 01:43:47PM @jan-potts:

Steven Berger:

Beautifully played, Jan! Paul Simon based his "An American Tune" on this melody.





According to Steven Berger, he did just that!

Dusty Turtle
11/09/17 01:07:37PM @dusty-turtle:

Did Paul Simon steal this melody for "American Tune?"  I never noticed the resemblance before.

Check out Paul Simon's "American Tune."


Lexie R Oakley
11/08/17 09:22:21PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Jan you play beautifully! Might be a whisper from God, just a beautiful song.

Jan Potts
04/30/17 01:47:51AM @jan-potts:

Thanks, Sandi and John!  I played this at the Student Concert this past week at the end of Dulcimer Rendezvous, a Road Scholar program (used to be Elderhostel, if you remember that far back).  Sandi, I'm happy it made you feel blessed!

John Gribble
04/21/17 09:33:20PM @john-gribble:

That's lovely. Thank you.

04/21/17 09:05:58PM @hugssandi:

OH so beautifully lovely!  ~one of my very, very favorite songs, everrrr~  THANK YOU for this blessing!

Jan Potts
04/21/17 09:33:24AM @jan-potts:

It's interesting to see what memories are evoked by a hymn which we normally only hear once or twice a year.  Thank you, John Henry and Benjamin for sharing yours. 

Thank you, Cynthia--I posted this with you in mind!


Cynthia Wigington
04/21/17 08:34:00AM @cynthia-wigington:

The breath of God is the only way I can describe your playing. Jan this is possibly your most beautiful yet. Also, your chords are spot on - it's not always people get the chords right. I am grateful you posted this.

Cindy Stammich
04/21/17 06:03:27AM @cindy-stammich:

John-Henry....thank you for sharing something so precious!

Benjamin W Barr Jr
04/21/17 05:52:45AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

I see that someone down the line here mentioned that the tune was used/adopted by Paul Simon in his American Tune.  That is absolutely correct.  In church, we seem to play O Sacred Head Now Wounded once or twice a year.  I would listen to this and puzzle where have I heard this tune before.  After a while. the words to American Tune would finally pop into my head and I would hum that in my mind for the rest of the day.

John Henry
04/21/17 02:31:42AM @john-henry:

Over 65 yrs ago while listening to to my late wife sing this that I decided I would ask her to marry me !     I to almost always play it on my baritone !

Thanks Jan



Jan Potts
04/20/17 11:37:57PM @jan-potts:

Thank you, David, Jennifer and Cindy!  I like the sound of the baritone, too--partly because I have a low singing voice.  But I also think the baritone range sounds especially nice for dulcimer solos.  Glad you all liked it!

Cindy Stammich
04/20/17 09:25:44PM @cindy-stammich:

Jan - this is beautiful!!!

i love the sound of the baritone too!

04/20/17 08:09:57AM @jenniferc:

Beautifu playing,  Jan!  I love the sound of a baritone. 

Annie Deeley
04/16/17 03:21:14PM @annie-deeley:

Jan - that would be a problem because...? :-)

David Pedersen
04/16/17 10:22:19AM @david-pedersen:

Lovely on this most special day. He is risen.