I love hymns. I know that is pretty rare to hear a teenager say, but it’s true. I love the four-part harmony in hymns, and the poetic ways the lyrics are written in! I wouldn’t say I grew up with hymns, but they were definitely present. My grandpa would always be whistling one under his breath. Every thanksgiving my whole family sings the doxology before we eat. Being in a musical family sure does help my love of hymns though. A lot of people I talk to my age aren’t huge fans of them. I hope we don’t lose the tradition of it. They have such deep rooted meanings, a lot of time straight from scripture. I know not one type of music pleases God more in worship. But at times, I feel a lot more in hymns than I do a generic contemporary praise song—don’t get me wrong though, I love those songs too!
Being a person who loves music—the making of and listening to—I appreciate all types of songs. A while back I stumbled over these hymns that were arranged in more of a contemporary way, and I really loved them. But I totally forgot about them, and moved on with things. Last night, on a whim, I bought the album, and I can’t stop listening to it.
I’m referring to Kings Kaleidoscope and their album Asaph’s Arrow (originally released in 2012).
The hymns—four on this album—are their true selves. The band didn’t change the words. But you get that modern, guitar pumping, drum beating arrangement. I know at my church, when we do an occasional hymn, the band doesn’t play like they typically do. You may have the acoustic guitarist, piano, and sometimes organ. But the bassist and electric guitarists don’t have riffs and loud parts. This band integrated it into the hymns. And I absolutely love it!
If you love hymns, I recommend listening to these songs. If you don’t love hymns, still give it a chance, it’s not your typical, “Now turn to number 217 in your hymnal and sing with me!” (For the record, I’ve never been in a service where they have a hymn caller.) These four songs will give you, hopefully, an amazing insight on the power hymns have in their words.
Be sure to get your hands on their album like I did, if you are willing to spend $4. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it!
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