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What Is "Hymns for Living"

The Hymns use arrangements for congregational singing and are carefully sung in a style faithful to congregational singing.  This includes using the key and style from each of the collection of old hymnals owned by John and Thelma.  To make each performance communicate its meaning, a variety of instrumental accompaniments are included.  Some were written exclusively for this album to include combinations of strings, brass, flute, percussion, piano, guitar, organ, Celtic harp, shuttle pipes, etc., that joyously celebrate the values sung about in these hymns.  They include combinations of vocal accompaniments, including numerous multipart vocal harmonies, virtually all taken exactly from the arrangements of the old hymnals John and Thelma had collected.

For those interested in future review comments of this album, or future options to purchase this and other albums, this website will be updated to provide links to details about the Reviews and how to obtain them.

Persons Involved

The persons who helped create this recording of Hymns possess a wealth of musical training, experience and skills.  All musicians involved are devoted to their music, and many make their living as music professionals.  Information about the Artists, Arrangers, and Production will be provided on this website.

Hymn Details

[These might be packaged as two (2) albums, "Hymns for Living" and "Hymns for Resolution"]  The list of the 26 classic, traditional hymns is the following:

 1

Be Thou With Them - piano, strings; solo vocal [tune is from Bist du bei mir, originally attributed to J.S.Bach, words on this recording are by Lloyd Pfautsch © 1957 intended for wedings]

2:17

 2

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee [intend to add more orchestration] - piano, keyboards, cymbals, orchestra bells, brass; vocal lead & duet

1:56

 3

This Is My Fatherís World - piano, orchestra bells, mark tree, strings, flute; solo vocal

3:16

 4

Angels From The Realms Of Glory - keyboard; vocal lead, duet, trio, & boys choir

2:14

 5

Morning Has Broken - Celtic harp, shuttle pipes, solo vocal

3:47

 6

Great Is Thy Faithfulness - piano, keyboards, cymbals, orchestra bells; vocal lead, duet & trio

3:34

 7

America The Beautiful - piano, orchestra bells, mark tree, strings, brass; solo vocal

3:04

 8

I Need Thee Every Hour - piano, orchestra bells, mark tree, strings, flute; solo vocal

4:03

 9

For The Beauty Of The Earth - piano, cymbals, orchestra bells, strings, brass; solo vocal

3:16

10

Sweet Hour Of Prayer - piano, Hammond organ; vocal lead & duet

1:55

11

O God Our Help In Ages Past - keyboards, brass; solo vocal

2:54

12

Amazing Grace - piano, keyboard; vocal lead & ensemble

2:24

13

Faith Of Our Fathers - piano, strings, flute; vocal lead, trio & duet

2:38

14

Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us - piano, orchestra bells, mark tree, strings; vocal lead & duet

3:25

15

Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken - keyboards, cymbals, orchestra bells; vocal lead & trio

2:31

16

Just A Closer Walk With Thee - A capella, solo vocal

2:12

17

Jesu, Joy Of Manís Desiring - keyboard, flute, cello; solo vocal

2:47

18

Were You There - A capella, vocal lead & ensemble

2:42

19

Rock Of Ages - Hammond organ; vocal lead, duet & trio

2:09

20

Abide With Me - piano, strings, flute; vocal lead & duet

2:47

21

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today [Intend to revise the choral refrains] - piano, keyboard, cymbals, strings, brass, flute; vocal lead, and trio

3:13

22

It Is Well With My Soul - piano, keyboard, cymbals, strings, brass; vocal lead & ensemble

4:52

23

In The Garden - acoustic guitar; vocal lead & duet

2:59

24

Welcome Home - keyboard, acoustic and electric base guitars; vocal lead & duet

2:50

25

The Lord Bless You And Keep You - piano; vocal quartet

1:22

26

God Be With You Till We Meet Again - Hammond organ; vocal lead & duet

1:20

Total playing time  

73:49

Produced by Heidi Gerber

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