Paul Alan Laughlin's

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"Hymns and Other Religious Music"

"Hymns" here refers mainly to the kinds of sentimental Protestant
Christian tunes from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
that have fueled what has come to be called "Evangelical Christianity"
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 Christianity, despite
the fact that is a minority version of the faith worldwide, dwarfed
 by Catholic Christianity--the faith's largest expression--alone.

This Evangelical Christianity was the religion of my youth. I was born
and reared mostly in the Methodist--later United Methodist--tradition,
though my family adopted for a few crucial (but mercifully few) years
the Southern Baptist denomination. Both Methodists and Baptists
 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 F105B electric
piano as a controller hardwired to my MacBook Pro laptop and
using Apple's GarageBand program, a virtual recording studio.
Scroll all the way down the page for a photo of my current layout.

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"Abide with Me"

     "Agnus Dei" ("O Lamb of God)

  "A Cross Medley"

"At The Cross"

  "Beyond the Sunset"

    "Blessed Assurance"

"Bless This House"
"Blood of Jesus Medley"

  "Breathe through Me"

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come"

"Down by the Riverside"


"Evening Prayers Medley"

  "Have a Little Talk with Jesus"

  "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"

"He Touched Me"

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

  "His Eye Is On the Sparrow"

"Holy Ground"

"How Great Thou Art"
"I'd Rather Have Jesus"

"In the Garden"

  "In the Sweet By-and-Bye"    

   "I'll Fly Away"          

"It is Well with My Soul"

"Jesus  Loves Me"

"Just As I Am"

"Lead Me, Lord"
    "Leaning on the Everlast Arms"

"Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"
"Life is Like a Mountain Railroad"

"Name of Jesus Medley"

"Near to the Heart of God"

"One Love Divine"
"Precious Lord/Just a Closer Walk"
  "The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)"          

  "The Lord's Prayer (Modern)"

  "Our Thoughts Are Prayers"

"Sweet Hour of Prayer"

  "Thank You, Lord"

  "There Is A Balm in Gilead"

"Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"

    "When They Ring Those Golden Bells"

    "We Gather Together"
"Wherever He Leads I'll Go"


"Whispering Hope"

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This is my home Keyboard Room/Recording Studio. It was formerly a living room,
but on the other side of the conveniently-located kitchen, there is a huge family
room, where the family actually spends most of its time when we are at home.

Nearly all of the recording is done in the corner at the far end of the room. You
will notice no  microphones in this photo, because digital recording doesn't
require them, though they are always an option for the acoustic instruments,
like the baby grand piano and the Hammond B-3 organ, which are pictured,
and horns, drums, guitars, and other instruments that may be used
from time to time. Sometimes the room looks like this:

Chistmas Jam 2012

Son Drew Laughlin, stepson Korey Black, and me
-- at least 60 pounds ago. (Weight Watchers rocks!)

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