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DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING (3 tunes for Isaac Watts, part 3)

In our third installment of hymn tunes for Isaac Watts texts, we encounter a 6.6.8.D text based on Psalm 93. The text implied to me music that was somewhere between regal and rustic–something that would be at home in a … Continue reading

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INDY (3 tunes for Isaac Watts, part 2)

This second tune was written for a setting of Psalm 147 in long meter (L.M. or 8.8.8.8). The trick with this one is that there are multiple and/or shifting places of stress within each line of the text. Inner rhythms … Continue reading

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GILLIGAN (3 tunes for Isaac Watts, part 1)

A call went out recently for new hymn tunes to go with a forthcoming collection of updated Isaac Watts texts. Can I resist? No, I cannot. Over the next three days I’ll post what I came up with. The first is … Continue reading

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Why Should the Children of a King

This is how it works for me: It’s afternoon and the pastor stops by my office to let me know he’s going to skip out on the evening worship committee meeting. “No problem,” I tell him, “I’ll let you know … Continue reading

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O Savior Come (COS 2015)

http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/o_savior_come.mp3 A few years ago I co-wrote a song with Isaac Watts called “Arise, O King of Grace, Arise,” aka “O Savior Come.” I hadn’t thought much about it lately until one of my fellow worship planners here at the … Continue reading

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Jesus, My Great High Priest

Here is a new song co-written by Isaac Watts and me. My pastor, Jack Roeda, is preaching through Hebrews and pointed out the other day that there are few songs that use the image of Jesus as high priest. Shepherd, Bread of … Continue reading

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Blest Is the Man Whose Bowels Move

What this world needs is more hymns about digestive regularity, don’t you agree? Well, wait no longer, world, because Isaac Watts and Greg have you covered. Two decades ago, a friend of mine showed me the Isaac Watts’ text “Blest Is … Continue reading

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O God of Love (Psalm 120)

I’m a song maven. When I find a song I like, I make a point of sharing it with as many people as possible. If the song comes from a pop or global context, the sharing process often includes arranging … Continue reading

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Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed

This Lent, Church of the Servant is using a different version of Isaac Watts’ text “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed” each Sunday. Kauflin, Benedict, Governor–we’re doing them all. My own humble contribution to the collection is an arrangement of … Continue reading

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Benedict: Up from My Youth

By now y’all are probably sick of hearing about the Psalms of Ascent series at Church of the Servant. Sorry… A few weeks ago Psalm 129 came up. Now, if you search hymnary.org for, say, Psalm 8 or 40, you’ll … Continue reading

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