The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 4, Autumn

2007 Conference Report
NANCY HALL, BEVERLY HOWARD, KENNETH HULL, PAUL RICHARDSONOttawa, Ontario proved to be a spectacular site for members of The Hymn Society to explore Canadian culture, to renew relationships and meet other hymn enthusiasts, and to sing togedier! The 2007...
A Field of Voices
A Field of Voices James E. Clemens and David Wright. Dayton, VA: Table Round Press (www.tableroundpress.com), 2007. 80+viii pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-9792046-0-9. U.S. $9.95.While Mennonites are renowned within The Hymn Society for our congregational singing,...
A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church
A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church Calvin R Stapert. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007. 232+xiv pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-8028-3219-1. U. S. $18.00.Documents discussing music in the early Church are vast. While there are only two...
A Small Step and a Giant Leap
Three technological trends are coming together in a profound way, and the Hymn Society's Dictionary of North American Hymnology (DNAH) is about to make a huge leap forward to take advantage of this confluence.The first trend is an old one-improvement...
Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933)
Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) edited by S T Kimbrough, Jr.; Music editor, Carlton R Young. Introduction by James Abbington. New York: General Board of Global Ministries, 2006. xii+n.p. (Ill pp.); [46 hymns]. ISBN-10: 1-933663-03-0....
Carl P. Daw, Jr
Carl Daw has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its annual conference in Ottawa from July 15-19 by being designated as a Fellow of the Hymn Society. He was honored, according to David Eicher, President of The Hymn Society,...
Contemporary Congregational Songs by V. Michael McKay
For more than a quarter of a century, churches throughout the country have been inspired by the words and music of V Michael McKay. As a well-respected gospel music conductor, clinician, speaker, songwriter, and author, McKay has dedicated his life to...
Editor's Notes
You are There was a television series in the United States (1953-1957) in which Walter Cronkite hosted reenactments of historical events. Episodes left viewers feeling they had actually been at events such as the Boston Tea Party, the signing of the...
Evangelical Lutheran Worship/Lutheran Service Book
Evangelical Lutheran Worship Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2006. 1,211 pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-8066-5618-2. U. S. $20.00.Lutheran Service Book Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2006. 1,024 pp. ISBN 13: 978-07586-1217-5. U. S. $18.50.Evangelical...
From the Executive Director
As you will read in the conference report later in this issue, one of the unexpected actions of this year's Annual Meeting was that the Executive Committee announced a new Fellow of the Hymn Society: me!Whenever suggestions along this line have been...
Hymn Interpretation: Carols for Grown-Ups-"All over Creation"
An old friend once sent me a card which read: "Don't let them destroy the hypocrisy of Christmas-it's the only part I really enjoy." Ever since, I have found myself unable to throw away the idea cased in that cynical little comment.It identifies a feeling...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Hymns, Hymn Writers, and Hymnals in HistoryCrist, Stephen A. "Early Lutheran Hymnals and Other Musical Sources in the Kessler Reformation Collection at Emory University." Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 63/3 (March 2007), 503-532.Stephen...
John Lamberton Bell
John Lamberton Bell has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its annual conference in Ottawa from July 15-19 by being designated as a Fellow of the Hymn Society. Bell was honored as an innovative worship leader who has...
Njalo (Always): A Collection of 16 Hymns in the African Tradition
Njalo (Always): A Collection of 16 Hymns in the African Tradition Patrick Matsikenyiri. [Abingdon Press Hymn Series]. Edited by Dan Damon. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006. 48 pp. (w/CD). ISBN-13: 978-0-687-49807-4. U.S. $10.00.Patrick Matsikenyiri...
Pedagogical Principles of Cross-Cultural Congregational Song
Many congregations today embrace the practice of singing songs from other parts of the world, having heard and accepted the rationale that singing world songs helps them to pray for people from those areas, to recognize the diversity of the Body of Christ,...
The Anatomy of Melody: Exploring the Single Line of Song
The Anatomy of Melody: Exploring the Single Line of Song Alice Parker. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc., 2006. 194 pp. ISBN-10: 1-57999-560-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-57999-560-7. U.S. $26.95, CAN $36.95.As most readers of this journal are aware, Alice Parker,...
The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship
BOOKS The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship Greg Scheer. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books Publishing, 2006. 224 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-8010-6709-9. U.S. $15.99.There have been a host of books written dealing with Christian Contemporary...
The Listening Heart: Hymns with Biblical Reflections
The Listening Heart: Hymns with Biblical Reflections by Genevieve Glen, OSB. Pordand, OR OCP Publications, 2006. 168 pp. No ISBN. U.S. $20.00.OCP has produced two previous collections of hymns by Sister Genevieve, prioress of the Abbey of St. Walburga,...
The Twentieth-Century Hymn Explosion: Where the Fuse Was Lit
My subject is the beginnings of the Hymn Explosion, as it came to be called. I seem to have been around on the edge of much of it, and so some of what I shall have to say will have an autobiographical flavour as I try to look at those early years.So,...
Winners of the 85th Anniversary Hymn Searches
Hymn Contest WinnersAs part of the celebration of The Hymn Society's 85th Anniversary, the Executive Committee announced two hymn searches, one for texts and one for tunes. The deadline for submissions for both searches was May 1, and the winning text...
Wondrous Love Has Called Us! Hymns, Songs, and Carols
Wondrous Love Has Called Us! Hymns, Songs, and Carols Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2006. 172 pp. ISBN-10: 1-57999-612-4. U. S. $21.95.The recent death of Herman Steumpfle is a loss not only to the church's hymnody but to the community...