Another “May Memories” favorite. This tune from the Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion compiled by William Walker in 1835, is so romantic it’s hard to imagine it’s actually a hymn tune…but it is.
I admit, I’m having fun playing live in service again, but I don’t want to lose the pleasure of doing these videos either, so I’ll continue both. For the month of May, I’m repeating some of my past favorites. Come June, I’ll start adding… Continue Reading “Pescador de Hombres”
Rev. Wells, pastor of Lakewood UCC, where I’m music director, introduced me to this grand Congregational hymn with which I was not at all familiar. Now, it’s one of my favorites: My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff. Check out the representative text at… Continue Reading “My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff”
The composer of this famous old hymn is P. P. Bliss. Follow this link to know more about the hymn: https://hymnary.org/text/brightly_beams_our_fathers_mercy and this link to learn about the Bliss, himself: https://hymnary.org/person/Bliss_Philip. I remember, so clearly, as a small boy hearing my mother and father… Continue Reading “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”
Another May repeat of a favorite. The actual name of this hymn tune is New Britain and it’s originally found in the Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion assembled by William Walker in 1835.
Repeating some of my favorites during May. If you want to sing along, it’s #438 in the New Century Hymnal; or, a representative text may be found at https://hymnary.org/text/when_peace_like_a_river_attendeth_my_way.
We’ve been doing in-person services for several Sundays following CDC guidelines. Among those restrictions, we don’t sing hymns or have choral music because those are such high risk behaviors during the pandemic. I did an instrumental version of a hymn this past Sunday and… Continue Reading “Back to in-person”
Easter Sunday was the first Sunday I returned to playing services in-person. It had been more than a year. The Easter videos for last year were among the very first in our effort to continue to provide spiritual community only via the internet. I’ve… Continue Reading “Charlestown”
If you’ve ever spent time in the desert, you’ll know that despite the thorns there are times–especially in the moonlight when you stand there alone, very still, listening–the dew sparkles and glistens and there’s a refreshing, peaceful, soul warming breeze.
The title of the tune, Pisgah,” from the tune from Southern Harmony, derives from the Hebrew word for summit and was the biblical mountain from which Moses first saw the promised land. It’s also the name for a mountain in North Carolina! For the… Continue Reading “Pisgah”