Old hymn lyrics put to modern music?

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ReformedInSweden

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Some months back someone on this board asked for suggestions of good music for her teenage daughter. One reply was about a band who put old hymn lyrics to modern music. I'd like to check out that band for my own teenagers, but can't find the thread anywhere. Does any one remember the thread or know this band?
 

johnny

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Are you thinking of the Sons of Korah???
They get mentioned quite a lot on PB but they mostly reinterpret the psalms.
 

ReformedInSweden

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Are you thinking of the Sons of Korah???
They get mentioned quite a lot on PB but they mostly reinterpret the psalms.
No, the Sons of Korah I'm very familiar with (love their music!) but this particular band uses old familiar hymn lyrics.
 

Jeri Tanner

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Matthew Smith is an artist who does this very well; he is associated with Indelible Grace, who have put out many such albums. Sandra McCracken is another artist connected with them who does this very well. These I've mentioned are the pioneers who originated this genre and in my opinion, are the best. I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.
 

Jack K

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Matthew Smith is an artist who does this very well; he is associated with Indelible Grace, who have put out many such albums. Sandra McCracken is another artist connected with them who does this very well. These I've mentioned are the pioneers who originated this genre and in my opinion, are the best. I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

Agreed. Indelible Grace does it well, and being RUF-associated is a plus. I think their best albums are some of the earlier ones when Sandra McCracken was still singing with them.
Indelible Grace website
Indelible Grace on Pandora

McCracken's solo album Builder and Architect also includes several old hymns put to today's music.

Of course, "modern music" is a broad category. Does your teenager appreciate this soft, somewhat country/bluegrass style? You might want to check on that. I would guess that most of these tunes sell best to people in their 20s or older, or get used as worship music in church services.
 

earl40

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I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

What I have found is that "good" hymns written, especially by pastors, can sort of be a mini sermon that one can listen to with some good results. The comparison is something like this...To replace a hymn with a Psalm is like replacing scripture with Moby Dick, which is the greatest novel ever written by a man that is not God breathed.
 

Stope

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I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

What I have found is that "good" hymns written, especially by pastors, can sort of be a mini sermon that one can listen to with some good results. The comparison is something like this...To replace a hymn with a Psalm is like replacing scripture with Moby Dick, which is the greatest novel ever written by a man that is not God breathed.

for me, a hymn like Come Thou Fount helps me to worship Jesus more than some Pslams
 

ReformedInSweden

Puritan Board Freshman
Thanks guys! It was Indelible Grace I'd read before on this board and that was the one I was looking for. However, thanks for the other suggestions as well.

I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

I agree. I was looking for my teenage daughter though. Thought it would be a great improvement compared to Hillsong ;)
 

ZackF

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Thanks guys! It was Indelible Grace I'd read before on this board and that was the one I was looking for. However, thanks for the other suggestions as well.

I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

I agree. I was looking for my teenage daughter though. Thought it would be a great improvement compared to Hillsong ;)

Just curious, are you looking for stuff in English only or in Swedish as well?
 

ReformedInSweden

Puritan Board Freshman
Just curious, are you looking for stuff in English only or in Swedish as well?

Only English. I've given up on finding something decent in Swedish a long time ago. It's just a spiritual darkness blended with false christianity out here!
Luckily all of my children speak very good English.
 

Jeri Tanner

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Thanks guys! It was Indelible Grace I'd read before on this board and that was the one I was looking for. However, thanks for the other suggestions as well.

I must add that coming to understand the Psalms "ruined" my love affair with old hymns set to new music; however stirring it may be, man's hymnody I've found to be a lifeless substitute for the work that only God's word can do in and for the human heart.

I agree. I was looking for my teenage daughter though. Thought it would be a great improvement compared to Hillsong ;)

It would indeed! I hope you enjoy :)
 

Thran

Puritan Board Freshman
Hi, hope I'm not too late to the thread. I know of at least one artist who hasn't been mentioned yet, Chris Rice. He has put out some decent acoustic settings of older hymns.

Here are two of my favourites:
A Mighty Fortress (Luther's, not the Hillsong 'version')
Come Thou Fount

Also, someone has recorded 'He who would valiant be,' taken from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

Finally, this may or may not be your thing, but I like Iron Maiden's 'Revelations' which uses two verses from G. K. Chesterton's God of Earth and Altar. Though the hymn is a little popish.
 

2ndViolinist

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Hi, hope I'm not too late to the thread. I know of at least one artist who hasn't been mentioned yet, Chris Rice. He has put out some decent acoustic settings of older hymns.

Oh, I do so enjoy those! Someone gifted me a book of Rice's arrangements and I play them mostly for my enjoyment and at the occasional wedding.
 
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