Amazing Grace (RIP Chris Squire)

A tribute to Chris Squire, the bassist of Yes, a founding member and the only persistent member throughout the band’s history, who passed away recently. The video begins with the song Whitefish and then transitions at the end into Jon Anderson singing Amazing Grace. It seems like such a fitting tribute. The solo Whitefish is one [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Sunday

At Crooked Creek Baptist Church today we celebrated “Amazing Grace Sunday,” which included multiple versions of the traditional hymn and other songs that had some connection to that hymn or its theme. I don’t have a recording, but here are some videos from YouTube to give you a hint of what was involved. We opened the service with a [Read More...]

First Draft

HT Allan Bevere [Read more...]

Amazing Grace (to the tune of Open Arms)

When I went to see the musical “Amazing Grace” recently, I found myself thinking about the multiple tunes to which the words have been sung (the most usual tune associated with the lyrics isn’t the ‘original’ tune). We’ve sung it in church to the tune of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by the Eagles, with an added [Read More...]

Amazing Grace (Broadway in Chicago)

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see the musical Amazing Grace at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. It is based on the story of John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” But it isn’t focused on the hymn (although echoes of its familiar melody are woven into the score once [Read More...]

Amazing Grace (Gotta Catch ‘Em All)

The blog Political Jesus shared this version of the modernized hymn “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” as an illustration of how widespread this particular meter – known for that very reason as “common meter” – is. While I think there may be some on the list given there that do not work, many do. [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Book Burning

Via Matthew Paul Turner. One advantage of being Baptist is that you don’t have to be like other Baptists. One disadvantage of being Baptist is that you often hang your head in embarrassment at other Baptists, and have to explain “I am/we are not at all like those other Baptists.” [Read more...]

Amazing Grace performed by Neal Schon

I just happened to come across this video of Neal Schon performing the tune to Amazing Grace as a guitar solo. Then the entire band Journey, with Arnel Pineda on lead vocals, then performs “Who’s Crying Now?” [Read more...]


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