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'Our confidence is in the Lord'

I've checked several recordings of this, and the general verdict is, I play it with too much energy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZtCpBQkXO0 - a 1991 recording, from the Noel Richards album 'By Your side'.

(22/04/2024)

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'Crown Him with many crowns'

A good solid hymn, which has been revised/updated by various editors. (I prefer versions without the 'rolling spheres'.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vWRXvWZPUQ - an exciting arrangement of an old favourite.

(21/04/2024)

'The Awesome God you Are'

A lively one from Matt Redman - makes a good opener. If I'm leading on my own, I prefer guitar to keyboard. (I also go a wee bit quicker than Mr Redman.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGUP4fD0ZaE - sung by Matt Redman.

(20/04/2024)

'Abba Father'

Golden oldie, still useful, both to sing and to improvise around. A song which especially lends itself to the "transpose up" cliché, somehow: I once did this 12 times and got back where I started. (Not with the congregation actually singing, I hasten to add...)

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=5rPGn_KTYuU&start=4 - the Divine Hymns recording - it should start just after their introductory jungle...

(19/04/2024)

'You are my anchor'

Something of a golden oldie now, but still a good and useful song. And oh dear, yet another one I like to take a tiny bit quicker.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N6tihSBZow - from 'The best of Stuart Townend live'.

(18/04/2024)

'Behold, I Make All Things New'

A short song and a great opener for large/special gatherings- you can split the congregation into two (or two and a half) parts, and sing it a capella. It's fun to teach, fun to learn, and fun to sing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5eKj8CXWaU - an a cappella recording.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LycLo27SLyo - this version is organ accompanied and all in unison - originally, the only recording I could find.

(17/04/2024)

'He is Lord (He is risen from the dead...)'

A golden oldie... the potential for revitalising through different harmonisations and interpretations of the music can bring it back fresh.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjfXGCm7MR8 - an interesting, laid back take on it.

(16/04/2024)

'All Hail the Lamb'

Dave Bilborough four-liner from the 1980s, standing the test of time - as far as we're concerned.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC-cEsuXsfw - slow rendering with a coda borrowed from a Reuben Morgan song.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYSVznoWq5Y - a Robin Mark recording... more energy, very good but also a teensy bit slow.

(15/04/2024)

'Love Divine, all loves excelling'

One of Charles Wesley's masterpieces, and a top-drawer Welsh hymn tune.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hmfqe_8SEI - from Keswick, with piano-led band accompaniment.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkThxONfQ7Y - sung in a traditional church setting, with organ accompaniment, nicely done (except for playing a whole verse of introduction and then only singing three!).

(14/04/2024)

'All for Jesus, all for Jesus'

The under-used closing hymn from Stainer's Crucifixion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcwzvLhqAH8 - it has to be this tune.

(13/04/2024)

'Tom's Song'

A song for the Easter season, based on John 20:24-29, when Jesus appears to Thomas.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUHod4EGUw - The only online recording I'm aware of.

(12/04/2024)

'Rejoice! Rejoice! Christ is in you'

I think this might have been the second Graham Kendrick song we learned as a congregation... just after it appeared in 1983. Still used occasionally. (My initial comment after sight-reading it was that no-one would have any of their own or anyone else's breath left in them by the end of the chorus!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wtLsQ-HYJY - nicely paced.

(11/04/2024)

'What love is this?'

The Doug Horley one. Allegedly a children's song - works well as all-age. Can be lively.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=68czwG1AJoo - someone called Julie Mayers has kindly provided a solo guitar alternative to the rather long official video.

(10/04/2024)

'You chose the cross (Lost in wonder)'

It's been around a while, but we came to it relatively recently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJiw2rwCKDk - album recording

(09/04/2024)

'Now the Green Blade Riseth'

An Easter song I've played at a University Carol Service.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=27p98aLPZPI - Ely Cathedral choir, using the original unmodernised words.

(08/04/2024)

'The Day of Resurrection'

A fairly successful re-cycling of Ellacombe (not that I could find any recordings of this hymn set to anything else).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgIx_0jhW1Y

(07/04/2024)

'Alleluia (Honduras)'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfyEmYMSDs - this version mixes Spanish and English.

(06/04/2024)

'Led like a lamb to the slaughter / You're Alive'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQC7ZK_egM - Mr Kendrick, singing his own song.

(05/04/2024)

'To God be the Glory'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-15v9iworAU - a Songs of Praise version

(04/04/2024)

'Christ the Lord is Risen Today'

A good hymn that you can't really put in the same service as 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYmVK6dkWA - a very grand arrangement from Colorado.

(03/04/2024)

'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'

Why not listen twice...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOw2JYdKtfs - from Hereford Cathedral - with plenty of welly.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMwPEmUMP7U - King's College Cambridge - another good last verse.

(02/04/2024)

 

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