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 upbeat 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 all eternity!
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
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.
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 life’s 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
1. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Words: Author unknown
Music: Traditional folk song.
2. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
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
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
Words and Music by C. Austin Miles, March 1912.
5. This Is My Father’s World
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
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
Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873.
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876.
8. Abide With Me
Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847.
Music by William H. Monk, 1861.
9. Blessed Assurance
Words by Fanny Crosby, 1873.
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp.
10. Amazing Grace
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
Words by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776.
Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830.
12. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Words by Joseph M. Scriven, 1855.
Music by Charles C. Converse, 1868.
13. Fairest Lord Jesus
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
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
Words by Matthew Bridges 1852.
Music by George J. Elvey, 1868.
16. Take My Life And Let It Be
Words by Frances R. Havergal, February 1874.
Music by Louis J. Herold, 1830.
17. Joy, Joy, Joy