Giving Luther a hit record

A while back ago we blogged about that YouTube video of Lyle Lovett and other members of his LCMS congregation reciting the Nicene Creed.  Someone observed that on his latest album,  Release Me, he does a straight-up recording of Luther’s hymn “Keep Us Steadfast“:

Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.

Lord Jesus Christ, Thy pow’r make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.

O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.

All of this gave Aaron Lewis a bright idea:

I was reading your post recently about Lyle Lovett’s rendition of Lord Keep Us Steadfast on his new album.
Why don’t you launch a campaign to help a song by Luther reach the top of the pop charts? We could start by having you encourage your readers to call radio stations and request that they play the song (it is on a major label so most stations should have the album). People can suggest others do the same on their facebook page/twitter &etc.
What do you think???

 I think it’s not very likely that the readership of this blog, however massive and well-connected, could pull that off, but, hey, I’m willing to try.  And we can all at the very least buy the track for 99 cents at Amazon or for $1.29 at iTunes, thus bidding up its prominence.  (Go to one of those sites to sample the recording.)  Though I myself, a big fan of Lovett and his alt country repristination of Western Swing, want the whole album.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • larry

    I was a huge Lovett fan even before I was a Christian, loved his style both as to music and lyric, and still am.

    You know what makes this unique, this public recording by a popular artist is not that a popular artist recorded a more or less “spiritual song” or some such, but a hymn that is a prayer, chatechismal AND overtly Trinitarian (stanza 1 Father, 2 the Son, and 3 the Holy Spirit). Thus, no vague allusion to “God” or some kind of “god is my girl friend” style of music as a Reformed theologian once put. I.e. The trinitarian form of the hymn/prayer/song makes in no uncertain terms Who is being prayed/sung to. And what it requests was written, by Luther, in a time of political/religious upheaval. Perhaps, speculation, this is why Lovett chose it at this day and time?

  • larry

    I was a huge Lovett fan even before I was a Christian, loved his style both as to music and lyric, and still am.

    You know what makes this unique, this public recording by a popular artist is not that a popular artist recorded a more or less “spiritual song” or some such, but a hymn that is a prayer, chatechismal AND overtly Trinitarian (stanza 1 Father, 2 the Son, and 3 the Holy Spirit). Thus, no vague allusion to “God” or some kind of “god is my girl friend” style of music as a Reformed theologian once put. I.e. The trinitarian form of the hymn/prayer/song makes in no uncertain terms Who is being prayed/sung to. And what it requests was written, by Luther, in a time of political/religious upheaval. Perhaps, speculation, this is why Lovett chose it at this day and time?

  • Jack

    Thank you for this post.

    I just downloaded the song. This is a beautiful rendition. I’m going to get the album.

  • Jack

    Thank you for this post.

    I just downloaded the song. This is a beautiful rendition. I’m going to get the album.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Speaking of something that really needs to get out there…

    Steven Paulson, who has been featured on this blog, is quoted at
    ’1 Minute Daily Word’ on sanctification:

    http://1minutedailyword.com/2012/04/13/romans-51-2/

    Evangelicals (all of them) need to read this.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Speaking of something that really needs to get out there…

    Steven Paulson, who has been featured on this blog, is quoted at
    ’1 Minute Daily Word’ on sanctification:

    http://1minutedailyword.com/2012/04/13/romans-51-2/

    Evangelicals (all of them) need to read this.

  • SKPeterson

    Steve @ 3 – That is an awesome quote from Paulson. Thanks for the cite.

  • SKPeterson

    Steve @ 3 – That is an awesome quote from Paulson. Thanks for the cite.

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    I have the album and I love-it.

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    I have the album and I love-it.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Bought the song. That is a very beautiful rendition!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Bought the song. That is a very beautiful rendition!

  • Conor

    Bought it

  • Conor

    Bought it

  • Wrigley Peterborough

    Just called KBIQ in Colorado Springs and asked them to play it.

  • Wrigley Peterborough

    Just called KBIQ in Colorado Springs and asked them to play it.


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