Wednesday, November 18, 2009

too wordy

I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses
and the voice I hear
falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me and He talks with me
and He tells me I am His own
and the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of his voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
and the melody that he gave to me
within my heart is ringing...

So it doesn't get much more wordy than that! Yet, it's easy to sing - why? tempo? heritage? is it Divinely blessed?

We evaluate every song we use at Crossroads based on several criteria. #1 Content or message - #2 singability = Is it too wordy? Is it a good tempo to sing?

I ran across some hymns the other day and was astounded by how wordy they were and yet I knew them by heart. So - how can they be memorized and remembered? I don't know.

Maybe because we sang them 1,000 times growing up? Maybe the tempo was so slow it was easy to sing? Or maybe the content was so powerful they became part or our strong Christian foundation.

I would love to know your opinion on why despite the amount of words, hymns stay with us and seem easy to sing. Is it the warm memories associated with them - snuggled up to our parents on pews? A smaller setting - simpler time? Or is the message really so profound that it still speaks to us?

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