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…

The Power of the Cross

This post was the final post on Southern Gospel Journal. Let’s finish this project by placing the spotlight on what matters most. To survive and thrive in the future, Southern Gospel needs young talent. We need to encourage talented young singers who love this music, because if there’s going to be a Southern Gospel worth…

The Inspirations at 50: Their Ten Greatest Albums

This year, the Inspirations celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Let’s commemorate this landmark milestone by looking at their top ten greatest albums. #10: Two Shoes (1998) The Inspirations’ Canaan era made them legends. After signing with Crossroads, they quickly returned to the top of the genre. Two Shoes is the strongest release of the interregnum. It contained…

Look at what the Couriers did. Do that.

In the mid-1950s, Duane Nicholson (tenor), Neil Enloe (lead), Don Baldwin (baritone), Dave Kyllonen (bass), and Eddie Reece (piano) started performing together as The Couriers. Within about a decade, Baldwin and Reece had left, but Nicholson, Enloe, and Kyllonen carried the group forward as a trio, with Kyllonen moving up to baritone. They retired the…

Forgotten Verses #9: Hark! The Herald Angels Song

During his lifetime, Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns. One of his best-known, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” was composed in 1739. The first three verses are quite familiar: 1. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise,…