"Hymns and Other
"Hymns" here refers
mainly to the kinds of sentimental Protestant
Christian tunes from the late nineteenth and early
that have fueled what has come to be called
ever since. Often touted as "That Old-Time
Religion," this style of
Christianity is, at best, only about 300 years old
and distinctly the
product of the American frontier--in other words,
"Made in America."
Neither the historical Jesus nor the early church
would even recognize
it, much less embrace it. Yet many of its followers
take it to be the
definitive--which is to say, the only valid--form of
the fact that is a minority version of the faith
by Catholic Christianity--the faith's largest
This Evangelical Christianity was the religion of my
youth. I was born
and reared mostly in the Methodist--later United
though my family adopted for a few crucial (but
mercifully few) years
the Southern Baptist denomination. Both Methodists
loved the hymns I include here. For me, they
still carry a great deal
of sentimental value, despite the fact that I
"saw through" the
weakness of their implicit theology as a
teenager. Yet, the melodies
are quite beautiful, and for some, the lyrics still
inspire and instill a
heart-felt devotion, which is just fine by me.
I invite the listeners to
enjoy these tunes at whatever level feels
appropriate to them. I play
them with the respect they deserve. They still
deeply touch me. a
Progressive Christian, though their lyrics'
preoccupation with a
tribal God, human depravity, and blood-sacrifice,
unique among the
world's living religions, most assuredly and
emphatically does not.
All of the selections below were recorded after May
of 2013 in my home-
based piano-organ-keyboard room, using a Yamaha
piano as a controller hardwired to my MacBook Pro
using Apple's GarageBand program, a virtual
Scroll all the way down the page for a photo of my
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"Abide with Me"
Dei" ("O Lamb of God)
of Jesus Medley"
"Come, Ye Thankful People,
a Little Talk with Jesus"
Thine Own Way, Lord"
Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Eye Is On the Sparrow"
Rather Have Jesus"
Well with My Soul"
"Jesus Loves Me"
As I Am"