I was delighted to have the opportunity to review a collection of Psalms set to well-known hymns and carols. The musician in me has been waiting for a long time to see and perform something like this. All-in-all in I enjoyed the time spent reading and singing.
- Using melodies already known to the Believer to enhance the Word.
- Having this collection at my fingertips to use in the worship service.
- A smaller set of Psalms set to Christmas music and carols was included in the package. (Caroling Through The Psalms by L.L. Larkins)
- The author included the opportunity to send the reader/performer’s recording to them personally for possible inclusion on a future digital release.
Things I didn’t like:
- Matching known melodies to these psalms sometimes resulted in awkward rhythmic patterns.
- The message of some of these psalms was lost in the wordage.
I think there is great potential in this collection. I give kudos to the author for the incredible amount of work it took to create this set.
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I see the traditional hymns in this book as being the springboard. When the tune doesn’t fit the words exactly, I sing them in triplets or in syncopation. It’s fun to sing the tunes in swing or change up the 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 meters. Let the meaning of the words lead, and let the tunes be their springboard.
Absolutely! I thought it would be interesting to use a Cajin Box Drum to provide background rhythm and recite these.
Reblogged this on Replete and commented:
I just found this sweetly grounded review on the web of one of our author’s books, Psalm Hymns. Having as many solid reviews as possible greatly helps the interest in a new author’s book.
Thank you for the reblog. Blessings to you and yours! Marie