Rock of Ages — Hymns For All

hymns1   Onward, Christian Soldiers  Arthur Sullivan (of G & S fame) As a schoolboy, I attended chapel every day and each day there were hymns. It wasn’t a religious school, but they placed some kind of unspoken value on it by having us sing a couple of hymns each time. I also went to church with my family, until I strayed from the beaten path and became what we then called a juvenile delinquent. The one part of it all that I enjoyed was the music.

boyssing   Faith of Our Fathers  excerpt from Russ Morgan

 Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past  Bill Carrothers and gang

Reading the words about Christian soldiers or a mighty fortress or those in peril on the sea and croaking them out in the company of others was a satisfying and a melodic contrast to announcements and short homilies about behaving the rules, listening to one’s teachers and parents, and good study habits. There was melody, a nod to the spirit, and, at the end of each stanza, a reassuring resolution.

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Let’s move forward, Christian soldiers…

Navy Hymn performed by Dakota Dave Hull

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty performed by the Network Jazz Ensemble

Hymn To Freedom  Oscar Peterson

Martin Luther wrote them, Issac Watts and Charles Wesley wrote them, and, in my mind, they took their place next to Lieber and Stoller, Doc Pomus, and Chuck Berry. Music, given time, rises above its initial function so we can appreciate not only Beethoven and Charlie Parker, but marches, teenage heartbreak, songs of protest, songs of praise, and songs of joy, whether they are composed by the Beatles or that guy, Anon, or his friend, Traditional. It’s all music of the soul.

And, now, turn in your hymnals to…

hymnals   Hymn To Peace  Moondog

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About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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