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...]

A Little Contemporary Christian Music

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The Last Mile

I’ve previously shared some of the Hymns of the God’s Gardeners from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood. Today in my class on religion and science fiction, we finished talking about the novel, and focused on the theology of the God’s Gardeners, and I learned that in the audiobook the hymns are actually included [Read More...]

Let Me Not Be Proud

Here’s another hymn from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood: Oh let me not be proud, dear Lord, Nor rank myself above The other Primates, through whose genes We grew into your Love. A million million years, Your Days, Your methods pass discerning, Yet through your blend of DNAs Came passion, mind, and learning. [Read More...]

Blue Boat Home

I had this Unitarian Universalist hymn drawn to my attention by Ian in a comment. The tune will be familiar, but the lyrics deserve a close listen.   [Read more...]

Amazing Science?

Atheist Jaclyn Glenn rewrote “Amazing Grace” and performed it (HT Hemant Mehta): In this instance, I really don't find the new song at all appealing (lyrically speaking, I mean – Glenn sings nicely). I have no objection to “Amazing Grace” being rewritten. And I don't always disagree with atheists, even about their criticism of Christianity. [Read More...]

I Need Thee A Cappella

One talented vocalist, singing the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” in nine part harmony. Enjoy! If you like that one, you’ll probably enjoy this four-part rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” too: [Read more...]

Why Hymnbooks are Better

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Hymn to Wikipedia

On the wonderful wiki-based storehouse of public-domain sheet music IMSPL, I discovered a gem today. It is a work with the title “Hymn to Wikipedia” attributed to John-Luke Mark Matthews (a clever pseudonym). I am including the Conductor’s Score here: Hymn to Wikipedia by John-Luke Mark Matthews If you are an experienced conductor with years [Read More...]

Hymn to the God of Akhaten

A commenter asked where they could find the music from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” Above is the first song, “God of Akhaten.” Below is the second, “Wake Up,” with the wonderful speech by the Doctor during it. For discussion of the religious themes of the episode, see my earlier blog review [Read More...]

The Oldest Christian Hymn with Music

There may be older Christian hymns, but the oldest hymn accompanied with musical notation is surely the fragmentary one found at Oxyrhynchus: The Ancient Peoples blog provided a transcription and translation of the text: [?πρ]υτανηω σιγατω μηδ᾽ αστρα φαεσφορα λ[ειπ]ε [σ]θον[.].λει[…]ρ[…]ποταμων ροθιων πασαι υμνουν των δ᾽ ημων [π]ατερα Χ᾽ υιον Χ᾽ αγιον πνευμα πασαι δυναμεις [Read More...]


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