Listening Deeply #1: “Grace” (CityAlight)

Listening Deeply #1: “Grace” (CityAlight)

Our ancestors sang sagas. They memorized songs hundreds or thousands of lines long. Some of our ancestors were illiterate, but the feats of memory through which they preserved their culture put us to shame. Today? We can barely pay attention for five seconds. In fact, Paul Lamere analyzed Spotify data in 2014, finding that 24%…

Podcast: Modern Christmas Hymns

Podcast: Modern Christmas Hymns

Transcript Daniel: Welcome to Tomorrow’s Hymns, a podcast and website promoting theologically rich songs, deeply rooted in scripture. I’m Daniel Mount, a Christian author and songwriter, and this evening I am joined in the studio for the first time by my brother Michael Mount. How’s it going tonight? Michael: Very well, thank you. Daniel: Good!…

The Future of Christian Music

The Future of Christian Music

Does the Christian music industry have a future? To even casual observers, it’s immediately clear that the Christian music industry has contracted since its peak in the 1980s and 1990s. Single-song $0.99 iTunes downloads replaced $14.00 CD sales. But then Spotify and YouTube streams for hundredths of a penny per stream replaced $0.99 downloads. In…

Podcast: Top 3 Enduring Getty Hymns with Michael Mount

Podcast: Top 3 Enduring Getty Hymns with Michael Mount

Transcript: Daniel Mount: Welcome to Tomorrow’s Hymns, a podcast and website promoting theologically rich songs deeply rooted in Scripture. I’m Daniel Mount, a Christian author and songwriter. Joining me today is my brother Michael Mount, a worship leader and instrument maker. You can find his instruments on Facebook at Mount Cajons. Welcome, Michael, how’s it going?…

Re-tuning “Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder” (John Newton)

Re-tuning “Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder” (John Newton)

Re-tuning is the term used for giving a new melody to an old lyric. John Newton first published “Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder” in his book Twenty Six Letters on Religious Subjects (1774), pages 218-19. In this collection, it was entitled “Praise to the Redeemer.” He also included it in Olney Hymns (1779), pages 218-219….

On Writing Hymns: Stakes, continued: Martin Luther vs. Fake Martin Luther

On Writing Hymns: Stakes, continued: Martin Luther vs. Fake Martin Luther

‘Tis the season. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head The stars in the Heavens looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes I…