And Jesus said to them, " Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old." Matthew 13:52 (NASB)
I was in my twenties before I discovered that there were hymns that contained texts with great grace and power. Having grown up in the church, with my mother the church organist, I thought I had heard them all. The truth be known, I had sung a lot of hymns but I had not really heard them. The "ears of my heart" had not yet opened. Later, as a young follower of Christ, I was treated to
songs of faith that were now fresh... new to me... and new in me, with titles like: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, The Solid Rock, O Sacred Head Now Wounded and composers like: Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley and others. The old hymn texts unfold themselves onto a rich highway of foundational truth and doctrine, both of which are sometimes missing from current church songs. I like that the oldies were intended to be sung by a church... average singers with average musical abilities. Most of today's worship music is studio-produced and performed by professional singers. The church is left to "reproduce" the sound or feel of the original artist's interpretation with all its stylistic flourishes in place. Sometimes it works. But, on too many occasions I have noticed the number of congregation members who sit back and listen while the more adventurous singers dive into the syncopated interiors of modern praise. Hymns Again is an attempt to reintroduce the great texts of church music history. Great thoughts combined with modern melodic styles but, designed for the average singer to sing. That's not to say they are "vanilla". Listen for yourself. God willing, more will be added as time goes by.