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.
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.
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…
Hymn To Peace Moondog