Timeless And Today

I’ve never been a huge fan of hymns. Don’t get angry, I’m just being honest. The reason is two-fold:

  1. I didn’t grow up on hymns. The churches my dad worked at did about a hymn a month as I remember. And if a hymn was played it was the obvious How Great Thou Art or Great is Thy Faithfulness.
  2. I’ve rarely heard hymns arranged in a way that makes sense to me. I get that some people might completely dig an organ leading out a congregational hymn, but I’m not one of them. Some people might think this isn’t fair of me to say, those same people also don’t give my style of musical worship the time of day.

Now and then you come across something you shouldn’t like but you do. You sit in that moment of realizing you do like it and determine whether you will admit it or not.

Last night I came across Page CXVI, a band “making hymns accessible and known again. They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.” They also perform under the band name The Autumn Film.

This week their 2nd “Hymns” album comes out and to celebrate, they are releasing their first “Hymns” album for free until May 4th (yes, that is tomorrow). The release comes with seven songs and charts to all of the songs.

If I can get into the arrangements of these hymns, almost anyone can. Yes I am admitting that I enjoyed hymns.

Here is my favorite song off their first album (and no it isn’t exactly a hymn, but you’ll recognize the song):

Come watch here if you can’t see the video.

Ever come across something you shouldn’t love but you do?

  • http://seth.heasley.net/blog Seth

    I was going to send this to you and Jay, so I’m glad you found it. I grew up with a lot of hymns, but there are still a lot I don’t know.

    I think some folks idolize hymns in an unhealthy way as if they’re part of the Canon of Scripture. On the other hand, completely neglecting them is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    (Of course, I like my hymns to be messed-with.)

  • http:/inspiringworship.wordpress.com paul fowler

    Thanks for sharing this. These are great versions of timeless hymns! My iTunes is playing them now!

  • http://www.contentunderpressure.net Josh

    These guys are good. I’m going to be seeing them at a local house show here in Phoenix next weekend, and they’re actually leading worship at a friend’s church that Sunday as well.

    I grew up on nothing but songs from the hymnals in my deep-south church, but I don’t believe I ever heard them. It was mainly congregational lip-synching while the choir did all the work. So, I never heard what some of the great hymns were actually saying. I think some of the ones we used to sing were not good hymns, but I had never heard for myself the beauty in some of the ones I’ve come to love over the years. For that I am grateful.

    For the others, I’d rather them go away.

  • http://www.benlemery.com Ben

    This is phenomenal, both the band and how they rearranged these hymns and their own music. When I have some extra cash I am definitely getting some of their stuff. Simply blown away by this stuff.

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  • Jon Smith

    That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been listening to this over and over.

    Our church put out a hymns record that reminds me of this… even though ours are closer to the original melodies: http://ow.ly/1GtfB

  • http://www.melakamin.com Mela Kamin

    Thanks for sharing – loved it. Sometimes hearing a song with a new spin, brings it to life in a whole new way. Very cool.

  • http://twitter.com/dustinuga dustin

    Love it. Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

  • http://manofdepravity.com Tyler

    Over 50 people have gone from here to download the album. Glad this group is getting recognized for the great job they’re doing with these hymns.

  • http://www.cjmills.me CJ Mills

    Dude – this is freaking awesome. Thanks for sharing!