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©Rhythm On The Rock Productions
|Music arrangement, piano,
drums and bass by
Christopher W. French
The Church has been on the earth for nearly twenty centuries. In such an extended period of time, throughout all the
centuries, many beautiful and inspiring hymns and songs have been produced by many saints who have possessed a
certain amount of spiritual experiences and knowledge of God through His Word. We follow in their train and are
blessed to enjoy all their writings as a rich heritage through the gift of music and song.
Most Christian worship services have, since the earliest times, incorporated the singing of hymns, either by the
congregation or by a selected choir, often using various forms of accompaniment. In ancient times, stringed
instruments such as the harp, lyre and lute were used with psalms and hymns. From the Psalms we read;
2 Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
A hymn consists of words only, and the music to which a hymn may be sung is a hymn tune. For example, the hymn
"Amazing Grace" is sung to the hymn tune NEW BRITAIN, and "Rock of Ages" is sung to TOPLADY. Many of the
old hymns are sung to several different hymn tunes.
Modern hymnody accompanied on normal scales by a piano and/or organ ranging up to the symphony orchestra, share
many elements with classical music, much of which had religious themes. Contemporary Christian worship may
include the use of electric guitars and the drum kit for added beat and rhythm. The a cappella singing of hymns, (a
cappella is Italian for "in the style of the chapel"), is very inspiring. Each person sings an individual harmony part to
create a fullness of chord, using God’s oldest and most beautiful instrument, never to be replaced or equaled, the
Throughout the time of recording the Hymns in this album, I found great blessings within each song. Although
they are instrumentals without voice, their song lyrics still flowed through my mind and spirit, making them easy to
interpret and very meaningful to my soul. Each Hymn inspired me to play-out their own special meanings and
personalities, whether it was praise or prayer, adoration or expression of faith in God.
These beautiful Hymns, written so long ago, still have great meaning to each of our lives today. The trials that we
endure and praises we sing, are just as our Christian brothers and sisters experienced in the past during their own life
time. In fact, I find that the Old Gospel Hymns can touch me in such a way that I feel as though they were written
especially for me, perhaps you feel that way too!
I truly believe that the Christian Hymns handed down to us from our Christian forefathers will be with us forever, even
to be sung in Heaven! And I am most certain that they are a gift from God Himself, JESUS CHRIST, who is to be
PRAISED AND ADORED! Giving HIM all the GLORY AND HONOR, FOREVER AND EVER! AMEN!!
Christopher W. French
Hymns Album Song List (Use the links above to sample individual songs)
1. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 3:22
Words: Author unknown
Music: Traditional folk song.
2. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee 2:06
Words by Henry J. van Dyke, 1907
Music, Hymn to Joy, from the 9th Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven; adapted by Edward Hodges, 1824.
3. Holy, Holy, Holy 2:55
Words by Reginald Heber, 1826. Heber wrote this hymn for Trinity Sunday while he was Vicar of Hodnet, Shropshire,
Music by John B. Dykes, 1861.
4. In The Garden 3:04
Words and Music by C. Austin Miles, March 1912.
5. This Is My Father’s World 2:52
Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Music, Traditional English melody, arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard in his Alleluia, 1915.
6. Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring 3:08
Words by Martin Janus, 1661
Translated from German to English by Robert S. Bridges. (1844-1930)
Music by Johann Schop (1590-1664); arranged by Johann S. Bach for the chorus closing his Cantata 147, 1723.
7. It Is Well With My Soul 3:25
Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873.
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876.
8. Abide With Me 2:42
Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847.
Music by William H. Monk, 1861.
9. Blessed Assurance 3:19
Words by Fanny Crosby, 1873.
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp.
10. Amazing Grace 2:57
Words by John Newton, 1779. (The last stanza is by an unknown author)
Music by James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton.
11. Rock Of Ages 2:31
Words by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776.
Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830.
12. What A Friend We Have In Jesus 3:26
Words by Joseph M. Scriven, 1855.
Music by Charles C. Converse, 1868.
13. Fairest Lord Jesus 2:56
Words by German Jesuits as Schonster Herr Jesu in the 17th Century. Published in the Munster Gesangbuch, 1677, and
translated from German to English by Joseph A. Seiss, 1873.
Music by Crusader’s Hymn Silesian folk song from Schlesische Volkslieder, 1842; arranged by Richard S. Willis, 1850.
14. Holy God, We Praise Thy Name 3:09
Words by Ignaz Franz. Translated from German to English by Clarence A. Walworth, 1858, except verse 7, which is by
Hugh T. Henry (1862-1946).
15. Crown Him With Many Crowns 2:23
Words by Matthew Bridges 1852.
Music by George J. Elvey, 1868.
16. Take My Life And Let It Be 2:08
Words by Frances R. Havergal, February 1874.
Music by Louis J. Herold, 1830.
17. Joy, Joy, Joy 2:00
Total Running Time 48min 33sec
Favorite Classics - Old Time Gospel Hymns album, is
one that everyone will enjoy! This contemporary collection of Classical
Hymns is inspiring, uplifting and peaceful to the soul. With the
combination of piano, drums and bass, this instrumental album brings
light jazz flavor with an easy listening touch. Enjoy the various rhythms
and soulful piano interpretations while your mind recalls words and
lyrics from Classical Hymns always to be remembered and treasured for
Christian hymns and songs are the expression of the holy and spiritual
sentiments of the saints formed by their experiences in Christ, their
knowledge of God and His truth, and their appreciation, praise and
thanksgiving to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. They are
necessary both for Christian meetings and for Christian private life in
order to fulfill the following purposes:
To worship God the Father - To praise the Lord Jesus Christ -
To edify the saints - To build up the Church -
To fight the spiritual warfare - To preach the Gospel.
Listen to complete album!