Edevotional by Brian Boyer
From Brian Boyer
I must admit–when it comes to hymns, I am not much of a “words” guy. I tend to treasure hymns based on the beauty of the music more so than the lyrics. In fact it’s not just the melody, but the harmony parts, which really make a hymn “pop” for me. There is nothing quite like a hymn which uses all voices to create a rich acoustic experience OK, I also admit, I like a really good bass line!
That said, some of my favorite hymns are “For the Healing of the Nations” (it has good lyrics as well, and a timely message today!) and “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”, a simple hypnotic little gem. Then there are the standards of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (how can you go wrong with Beethoven!) and “Be Thou My Vision.” Finally, a very overlooked hymn, one sung only in the season of Advent, is “O How a Rose Ere Blooming”. I love singing this a capella and listening to the interplay of the voices as they weave in and out, giving us the improbable promise of a new spring with a flower blooming (the birth of Christ Jesus) at the start of the dark winter.