Ten per cent of the songs are classic hymns such as Amazing Grace, And Can It Be, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus and The Lord's My Shepherd. It even includes Abide With Me and Nearer My God to Thee. (I can't help wondering if this was influenced by a certain recent disaster film!)These songs have been well chosen and would be greatly appreciated by young and old.
One minor quibble concerning the presentation of the older hymns in the book: in a few cases, there are some rather curious harmonisations. Have a look at "Be Thou My Vision," for instance.
the source also contains a selection of popular Christmas songs [with a few new ones] and some of the well-loved children's hymns, such as All Things Bright and Beautiful. Ian Smale's 5 0 0 0+ Hungry Folk is fifteen years old,but new to me! This looks like a fun song for a children's service.
You will probably find most of the favourites of the past 10 years included here in one handy volume. And the musical arrangements and engravings of the songs are usually first class.
The book only has a very small number of the older Scripture in Song choruses, and I would be interested to see if anyone plays "This Is the Day" the way it is printed in the book.
Of course the book contains a lot of songs by Graham Kendrick, the compiler.Read more ›