The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93597   Message #1803232
Posted By: Mo the caller
07-Aug-06 - 02:45 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
Does it depend who's singing it?
Years ago I was a church member so attended regularly and sang what I believed.
A 'new' hymn appeared which we all took to at once "How great Thou art". We enjoyed the old ones with good harmonies too - "Bread of Heaven", but when you are singing them all the time something fresh is welcome.
Now as a practising atheist its the golden oldies that I remember the alto line to that stir nostalgia.
So maybe if the church is trying to get at the people who think of themselves as Christian without doing much about it they should use an occassional oldie, but add new favourites. Sankey & Moody, and Wesley wrote new hymns too.