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Nashville Couple, the Gettys, Revive Lost Art of Hymn Writing
The Aquila Report ^ | 4-14-13 | Bob Smietana

Posted on 04/14/2013 4:10:46 PM PDT by ReformationFan

Kristyn and Keith Getty specialize in writing modern hymns for churches

Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio.

Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymn books.

The Gettys, originally from Belfast, Ireland, hope to revive the art of hymn writing at a time when the most popular new church songs are written for rock bands rather than choirs.

They’ve had surprising success.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Religion
KEYWORDS: belfast; getty; gettys; hymns; hymnwriting; inchristalone; ireland; keithgetty; kristyngetty

1 posted on 04/14/2013 4:10:46 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWt5L_CxvQI


2 posted on 04/14/2013 4:11:02 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Good for them.

I find a lot of the “Contemporary” music used in Churches today to be rather shallow, repetitive and theologically suspect.


3 posted on 04/14/2013 4:15:55 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Fai Mao
I find a lot of the “Contemporary” music used in Churches today to be rather shallow, repetitive and theologically suspect.

QFT and Amen!!! I like some of the "Praise" music but most has the three failings you note. Nobody seems to be writing the equivalent to Ira Stanphill's "Mansion Over the Hilltop" or the Gaither's "Because He Lives" these days.

4 posted on 04/14/2013 4:24:59 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Fai Mao

Shallow and repetitive is what bothers me the most about the new songs in church. Give a great old hymn by Charles Wesley any day.


5 posted on 04/14/2013 4:26:32 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: ReformationFan

Very pretty, but they’re still soloist songs (sung by a breathy pop-soprano). Real hymns are meant for a group to sing: they have a reasonable range, very little expressivity, great lyrics (theologically orthodox) and a memorable melody and phrasing.

I thought these songs were nice, but they’re neither Wesleyan hymns - nor Gregorian chant - and I don’t think they have much of a congregational future. I say this as a Catholic, btw, but a lot of the hymns used by Catholics and Protestants are the same. And they either work or don’t work on the same basis.


6 posted on 04/14/2013 4:32:00 PM PDT by livius
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To: ReformationFan
Thanks for posting. Here are the lyrics to one of their most popular hymns, In Christ Alone...

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

"In Christ Alone" Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Not repetitive, but very much written like traditional hymns...as you can tell from your utube link.

The hint of Irish folk music is nice, too.

7 posted on 04/14/2013 4:35:21 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: ReformationFan

Bit of trivia...but Billy Joel used hymn structure in some of his songs. Beatles, too.


8 posted on 04/14/2013 4:36:34 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: ReformationFan

Played a rendition of “For The Beauty Of The Earth” for a flute solo this morning. I love the traditional hymns that I grew up on.


9 posted on 04/14/2013 4:39:44 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Inyo-Mono

All the praise songs say over and over again that God is great, God is awesome, God is wonderful. Hey, we already knew that.


10 posted on 04/14/2013 4:41:25 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: ReformationFan

As much as it may shock some people familiar with my musical tastes, rock has no place inside the sanctuary, IMHO. My tastes in hymns have few exceptions of anything later than Fanny Crosby.

Get Marty Haugen out of the hymnals!


11 posted on 04/14/2013 4:50:17 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Fai Mao
I find a lot of the “Contemporary” music used in Churches today to be rather shallow, repetitive and theologically suspect.

Same here. I cannot attend a church service with that sort of music without hearing nails on a chalk board. (thus I do not attend many) There are a few exceptions such as "Awesome God."

12 posted on 04/14/2013 5:04:27 PM PDT by madison10
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To: ReformationFan

**** hope to revive the art of hymn writing at a time when the most popular new church songs are written for rock bands rather than choirs. ****

I hate “modern” religious music! It moans like a dying calf in a hailstorm, while the old time religion music “sang”!

Give me some Issac Watts or Fanny J Crosby! And any music done by THE CHUCKWAGON GANG is worth listening to!

One of my many favorites is I WANT TO BE READY TO MEET HIM from back in 1938, and many other in the old Baptist hymnal. The new Baptist hymnal is going over to some modern moaning music.


13 posted on 04/14/2013 5:05:05 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed. The director and actors wept.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

***Give a great old hymn by Charles Wesley any day.***

AMEN!


14 posted on 04/14/2013 5:05:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed. The director and actors wept.)
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To: Fai Mao

Other exceptions are these Getty songs which are sung by Philips, Craig and Dean and some by Selah. Love those songs and have song these as solos.


15 posted on 04/14/2013 5:06:49 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Ditto.


16 posted on 04/14/2013 5:08:16 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I WANT TO BE READY from 1938.

Verse
You may have your worldly pleasures
Your silver and your gold,
You may pile up all the riches
That this old world can hold;
But I’d rather have my Savior
And with Him firmly stand
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land

Chorus
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him by and by.
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him in the sky.
Oh, I want to be more like him,
And do his best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land.

Verse
There is one thing I can boast of,
Salvation from the fall,
I’m an heir to wealth in glory,
My Father owns it all;
That is why I’m shouting happy
And go at His command
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land

Chorus
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him by and by.
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him in the sky.
Oh, I want to be more like him,
And do his best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land.

And the way the Chuck Wagon Gang sings it is memorable.


17 posted on 04/14/2013 5:10:08 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed. The director and actors wept.)
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To: Jane Long

Beautiful tunes, meaty lyrics! Really wonderful stuff!


18 posted on 04/14/2013 5:10:14 PM PDT by rejoicing
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To: ReformationFan

A friend moved to the South about 20 years ago His biggest disappointment was that the churches were not singing the good old Southern Christian hymns anymore but had gone to moan and groan music.


19 posted on 04/14/2013 5:14:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed. The director and actors wept.)
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To: ReformationFan

Yeah! With almos no exception, modern “worship” music is extremely narcissistic, God is just that nice guy who helps people out when they want it. I honestly can’t really stand it.


20 posted on 04/14/2013 5:15:10 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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To: ReformationFan

One of my favorite songs-—I always thought of it as a modern hymn! Go figure.


21 posted on 04/14/2013 5:17:51 PM PDT by bethelgrad
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To: vpintheak

I guess all the millions of youth who have come to Christ through exposure to modern worship music has just been a waste of time.


22 posted on 04/14/2013 5:18:46 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Fai Mao
I find a lot of the “Contemporary” music used in Churches today to be rather shallow, repetitive and theologically suspect.

Our daughter is young (25), but even she doesn't particularly like the 'Praise' music that's all the rage in the mega-churches these days. She calls it "Jesus is my boyfriend" music. ;o)

23 posted on 04/14/2013 5:22:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: ReformationFan

The Gettys get it!


24 posted on 04/14/2013 5:23:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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25 posted on 04/14/2013 5:23:27 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
One of my favorite Charles Wesley hymns:

Arise, my soul arise! Shake off thy guilty fears, The bleeding Sacrifice In my behalf appears: Before the throne my Surety stands, Before the throne my Surety stands, My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above for me to intercede; His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead: His blood atoned for all our race, His blood atoned for all our race, And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears, Received on Calvary: They pour effectual prayers, They strongly plead for me: "Forgive him, oh, forgive! they cry, Forgive him, oh, forgive! they cry, Nor let that ransomed sinner die!"

The Father hears Him pray, His dear Anointed One; He cannot turn away The presence of His Son: His Spirit answers to the blood, His Spirit answers to the blood, And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled, His pardoning voice I hear; He owns me for His child- I can no longer fear: With confidence I now draw nigh, With confidence I now draw nigh, And "Father, Abba, Father," cry.

26 posted on 04/14/2013 5:38:21 PM PDT by JHL
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To: Jane Long

I am pretty sure we sang that hymn at my church recently.


27 posted on 04/14/2013 5:57:38 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: ReformationFan

An oldie but goodie from 8th Century Ireland:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYYbwEqDlg

Another classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fwfdij6HGo

And a Rock of Ages:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7gt_cSxjw


28 posted on 04/14/2013 6:18:40 PM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: ReformationFan

Wonderful music. Meaningful and lasting lyrics and tunes.


29 posted on 04/14/2013 6:25:44 PM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Rebelbase

I never said anything about that. I said it is narcissistic, which it is. Too much me and I focus versus God & Christ. When God wants someone, He gets them. Music doesn’t save, Christ does.


30 posted on 04/14/2013 6:50:22 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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To: SuziQ
Our daughter is young (25), but even she doesn't particularly like the 'Praise' music.... She calls it "Jesus is my boyfriend" music. ;o)

Sounds like you raised a great girl!

I call it "church karaoke." Hate it when some heavily made-up bleached blond in a tight satin dress gets up there and makes love to the handheld microphone. Now I see why Irish dancing is all from the waist down.

31 posted on 04/14/2013 6:50:48 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Don't believe any rumors in Washington, DC until they are officially denied.)
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To: Jane Long

Oh I love that one - often put it on “repeat” on my iTunes playlist ...


32 posted on 04/14/2013 6:55:51 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: Uncle Lonny
An oldie but goodie from 8th Century Ireland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYYbwEqDlg

What a terrific version of Be Thou My Vision -- thanks for posting it. The tune is also called "Slane", after the hill where St. Patrick drove out the snakes. It was only translated into English around 100 years ago. We used it at my Irish cousin's funeral, along with reciting the Lorica (St. Patrick's Breastplate) around a circle.


Slane Castle, County Meath, built on the Hill of Slane. In an early on attempt to convert pagan Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick lit a bonfire upon the Hill of Slane on Easter eve in the year 433 A.D., which coincided with the Druid revelries marking Equinox at the Royal seat of power on the nearby Hill of Tara. The High King of Ireland, Laoghaire (pronounced Leary), had outlawed any other visible fires when the pagan festival fires blazed at Tara. Patrick's daring to light a fire was as if declaring war. It was a turning point that began to change Ireland from a pagan land to the most Christian nation of Europe until this day. Muirchú, a 7th-century Irish historian, wrote that Logaire was so impressed by Patrick’s devotion that, despite Patrick's defiance (or perhaps because of it), he allowed Patrick continue his Christian missionary work in Ireland.


Here's another song, maybe more Christopop than hymn, but I offer it for your enjoyment. Get ready:

After the Last Tear Falls by Andrew Peterson

33 posted on 04/14/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Don't believe any rumors in Washington, DC until they are officially denied.)
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To: vpintheak

It’s a generational thing. Some like the old and some the new.

I find the music of traditional hymns to be antique, monotonous and repetitiously painful.


34 posted on 04/14/2013 8:32:33 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: M. Thatcher

I love it, too :)


35 posted on 04/14/2013 9:22:17 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Rebelbase

I’m actually fairly young in the scheme of things. (40’s). Just something to look for in the songs of this age: how many I and me and feeling words are in a song? The last thing anyone should want to think about in Church is me. There are some good ones out there these days for sure, but it’s few and far between. FReep on!


36 posted on 04/15/2013 7:43:03 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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