Category Archives: Hymn tunes

The World Lay Languishing in Pain

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I Eat Rejection Like Pizza

Anybody for a slice of humble pie? A few years ago FaithAlive asked composers to submit tunes for four texts slated for their forthcoming hymnal. The hymnal is no longer forthcoming. Lift Up Your Hearts was published this year, and as … 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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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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Long-weary Earth

I don’t know who Alexandra Fisher Willis is, but she’s written a beautiful Advent text, “Long-weary Earth in Darkness Groans.” From what I gather, she’s in Lester Ruth’s Theology of Songwriting at Duke Divinity, and she wrote this as one … Continue reading

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Filled with the Spirit’s Power

Just trying to catch up on recent compositions: During Pentecost, John Phiri from Sierra Leone preached at COS. The text “Filled with the Spirit’s Power” (Psalter Hymnal #417) fit well with his sermon thematically, but musically it left something to … Continue reading

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