Win a Free Copy of Man of Sorrows Glorious King

itunes_album_coverIn my review of David Potter’s album, Man of Sorrows Glorious King, I forgot to mention that he kindly sent me 4 CDs to give away. So I thought I’d do that this weekend.

Just leave a comment below on why you think it’s helpful for hymns to be updated musically. I’m interested in compelling responses to those who say in reference to changing lyrics/melodies of familiar hymns, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

At the end of Monday I’ll pick 4 comments at random to receive a free copy of the CD.


159 Responses to Win a Free Copy of Man of Sorrows Glorious King

  1. Jimmy Wood March 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    I see hymns as a great truth/theology delivery system. Since many of the hymns of old were written to old pub tunes and children’s songs, I don’t see any issue with updating the melodies when it is tasteful and appropriate. If a hymn can be packaged musically so that it is easier for the next generation to learn the lyrics, then I say go for it.

  2. Jason Robinson March 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

    I wrote on the subject of updating hymns and why they’re just as important in today’s church as they have always been.

  3. Shanyl Philip March 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM #

    I wonder if somebody has already said this.
    The reason why I think it is great to still rearrange the melody of a hymn, and yet still sing them at this age and time; is because it helps me remember that it is not the melody of the song that is causing me to worship God, but the lyrics that have been written, that cause for me to respond in worship.

    In hymns, we see songs tested through time that still hold to the gospel, with clarity and beautiful eloquence.

  4. donna March 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM #

    The old hymns were written to point us to God and to honor and worship HIM. Why not take advantage of them as a “tool” to point the younger generation to God by changing the music a little? I think the words should remain the same, but I don’t see a problem with changing the arrangement a little.

  5. Chris April 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM #

    Just found your blog – you have a new follower for sure!

    I though I would weigh in even though the drawing is over.

    Hymns provide a generational unity within churches. However, we are not called to be stagnant in our approach to how we worship and give glory to our God. We are called to “sing a new song” (Psalm 33) and that also we all have a time for everything (Ecc 3). I believe this also relates to the music we prepare week to week. We are in this day and age for a specific reason, and we are to live within that appointment.

    Because of this, we should strive to not fall behind in terms of our appointed place, including our music. The phrase “we’ve always done it that way” is can be very dangerous.

    Re-imagining hymns keeps them from becoming simply habitual or comfortable within a worship setting. We have all seen youth that do not connect to a traditional piano-led hymn, as well as older generations that disengage in times of a contemporary song.

    Another element I think we as a body must keep in mind are those outside the church that visit us. I have had people say “wow, I didn’t know church could have electric guitar and drums!” People like that are instantly more engaged in the music, and often more likely to actually listen to the lyrical content.

    Recently, our worship team led “There is a Fountain.” (The hymn). We had no piano, but had a full band with electric guitar, with huge dynamic (think Third Day). People for the last few weeks (mostly middle aged and youth) have come up asking, “where can I get that song?”, “is that on the radio?”. Some were stunned to learn it was a hymn!

    Can every hymn be re-worked to fit a contemporary sound? Probably not. But many, many hymns can be revised (sometimes even only instrumentation) to create a song that reaches every generation. God has called us to unify-this is a great way to unify musically.

  6. Scott April 4, 2011 at 3:09 PM #

    I engage with music that I like and is familiar. I would even be for reusing melodies from other popular songs, aside from copyright issues :-/

  7. amy April 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM #

    I would love to win this

  8. Jason April 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM #

    I like updated hymns just for the simple fact that some of the traditional hymn melodies are very difficult for people to sing. Not everyone has a voice with a big vocal range. I do however like the updates to stay fairly close to the traditional melody so people who know the hymn ar not totally lost with the new arrangement. In other words I guess I like it when the update is more of a simplified version of the classic! :)

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