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October 07, 2010

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THANKS TIPPER I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUTH OF YOUR WRITING AND LISTENING TO THE OLD TIME MUSIC
I WISH THEY WOULD BRING IT BACK
I TO USE TO WALK TO CHURCH OR
CATCH A RIDE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
WISH YOU WOULD PUT YOUR SINGING
TOMOROW NIGHT ON MY COMPUTER
WISH I COULD COME BUT I LIVE TO
FAR.
GOD BLESS YOU.
JOHNIE

I agree completely with Robert, I couldn't have said it better...that there's nothing in the contemporary songs to match the doctrinal clarity and depth of devotion in our traditional hymns.

Greetings from Wordwise Hymns, and thanks for your post. I appreciate your passionate defense of old-time gospel music. And I agree that there's nothing in the contemporary songs to match the doctrinal clarity and depth of devotion in our traditional hymns. God bless...and keep singing!

WONDERFUL| I love it, it does my heart so good to hear the old songs, and your Pap, he is a cute little feller, and can sing. Thanks again, God Bless, and have a nice day. kay

Well Tipper --- this post, hands down, is now tied as my favorite post of yours -- the other favorite was when you wrote about going to the Moving Vietnam Wall display. You have pretty much managed to capture in print my feelings toward these old hymns. And, sad to say, they truly have/are being replaced in my neck of the woods. I will wait until you post again about favorite gospel songs -- and I esp. want to comment on one that Pap sings on your sidebar that I had never heard and I just LOVE it. Again, don't sell your short -- this post is a homerun out of the ballpark.

When I went church as a kid, one didn't dare sing anything but the old sacred hymns. "The Old Rugged Cross", "Rock of Ages", "In the Garden", "Trust and Obey", "Blessed Assurance", "Onward Christian Soldiers", so many beautiful hymns; there were and still are so many wonderful old hymns that one should never need to add to the list with the "Contemporary Christian Music" we hear so much of these days (and for the most part I loathe). Leave me with "Kneel at the Cross" or "Holy, Holy, Holy" or "He Lives".

Back then, I'm sure many a kid felt indicted if they didn't know every one of those songs, so we would look at the hymnal and move our lips to the words and occasionally thrust out our chin and raise up our face in feigned exultation and act like we were really singing and thank goodness those around us sang louder and we were shorter.

There was one hymn though that I dreaded. Oh, it was equally beautiful, but when I heard the strains of "Softly and Tenderly (Jesus is Calling)" I knew it was time for the alter call and time for me to slide a way down in the pew or hide my face in the hymnal.

If I loved any "popular" hymn singing, it was the singing of the original Chuck Wagon Gang. So many artists have the ability of tight and wonderous harmony but for hymns, theirs was the standard for beauty, feeling and inspiration. Thank goodness their records still turn up in the Goodwill store from time to time.

Tipper, I enjoy your articles, essays and stories so much. Thank you for Blind Pig and the Acorn.

The problem with today's music is the lack of beauty. The old music is so expressive, emotional and harmonious and without the loud drums and percussive bass, you can actually HEAR the words! I love the old-time gospel music, too. I listen to satellite radio and they have a channel that is all gospel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have an all bluegrass station. On Sunday mornings, the bluegrass station plays bluegrass gospel. These two stations are real treats.

I am more partial to the old time hymns myself.
My Mom passed 4 years ago, but I can still hear her singing those hymns, like The Old Rugged Cross and many others.
Great post, Tipper!

I also prefer the old Gospel songs of my youth. I really dont much care for the Praise songs although I am sure they reach the YOUNGER crowd out there. My Grandmothers favorite & one of mine is "I'll Fly Away" She sang that to every child/grandchild & the greats. We all grew up listing to that. Thanks for the wonderful music & memories.

Great post, Tipper: you know, I missed so much of this music because I grew up catholic. I imagine that the baptist kids in town probably had more contact with it. In fact, the first time I ever encountered the Louvin Brothers was on a list of "worst album covers ever" (that Satan is Real cover *is* a doozy), but of course the music is just fine inside :)

Thanks for sharing your love of the great music. I say great, because while I do enjoy other music, the old-time gospel, bluegrass gospel and generally early church music is what really speaks to my soul. I have a few cherished old cassette tapes with groups like the Principals, and Cedar Lake....thanks again for sharing...

Thank you Tipper I had forgotten about walking to church with my granddaddy as a young boy. I like the new praise and worship songs. But like you it's the songs that I heard growing up that touch me the most.

tipper,

Here I go again ( the broke record ). Your writing skills become more keen with each posting. You should write YOUR book.

Don't plague yourself with doubts about your skill. You may or may not know that when Johnny Cash recorded "I Walk The Line" he just hated it it. He thought it was terrible and he didn't want people to hear it. The record company and his band insisted so he gave in. Was he wrong or what? You see sometimes a person can be great at something but not realize it. Let me give you a metaphor, to me your writing skills are like a thoroughbred horse in a small pasture. It needs to run on a fast track to be fulfilled. I don't say stop what you're doing, but maybe you could squeeze that top seller book in as well.

On another note, I enjoyed those stories and those old songs. When I was a little boy when I was at my Granny's house she would put me on her lap (she was a rather large woman and didn't have much of a lap) and she would play "Are You Washed In The Blood". I loved this posting today.

Bradley

Tipper,
Wow! Now this is why I like the Blind Pig and the Acorn so much. It takes a lot of courage to proclain your Faith and love of
Gospel music, and it all comes from a dedicated family.
Years before we had a car, my mama
and daddy walked to church every
Sunday morning and back again for
services that night. And as kids,
we had to go, no exception. But
through the years that followed I
learned to appreciate their strong
Faith and dedication to our Savior. Mama was paralyzed on her
left side from a stroke, right after I was born, but she was the
greatest Christian I have ever known. And in my quiet times in my
mind, I can still hear her singing
"Just As I Am" and "Jesus Savior,
Pilot Me".
Thank you for your heart-felt post...Ken

Tipper
All I can say is AMEN!
What a wonderful time awaits us when we all get Home.
Uncle Dave
Richmond, Kentucky

To me, music reflects the harmony of the soul. Happiness is the "song in our hearts," for we are all members of God's choir. There is only the Dance.

Thanks for sharing Tipper. I love those good old gospel songs. My mama's favorite that we sing when we get together is " A Beautiful Life" It most exemplifies her life growing up...and even though she is blind...she still spreads sunshine and flowers along the way. My daddy's was Amazing Grace. He is with Jesus and has been since 1971. Thanks again for sharing this post. May the Lord bless you with a beautiful day. God grant you peace and joy all along life's way. Prayerfully, Nancy

Hi Tipper, I must say I am not familiar with a lot of the songs, my mother and grandmother were both Grace so as you can imagine my favorite is Amazing Grace which we played at both of their funerals. My grandmother was very active in the Church of God and we went often with her so I am sure if I heard them they would be familiar. That was indeed the best part of going to church.
Sheryl

Lord have mercy! Did you ever touch a meaningful spot with this post. Just one title I have NEVER heard is "The Great Atomic Power" I would like to know more about that song. I will google it!

Your note about the dear old lady who was 'almost' too old to walk to church reminds me of so many dear ladies who made their way to our "Church of God" in Hayesville for every service. My mama and daddy always 'picked up' one special 'sister Curtis' when we would be slowly plodding by her house on our way to church in our horse-drawn 'double' wagon. Even though the wagon was full of children, there was always room for Sister Curtis! TOO DEAR!

Eva Nell

p.s. I am going to share this post with my brother, who is headed back to Afganistan in three days!

oh what a savior, has been tagged on my favorite list here on you tube since i first heard it on this channel. i'm in a bluegrass gospel group and also love the old standards

I really enjoyed this post and hearing those songs.

Tipper,
I feel the exact same way -there is just nothing like the old songs they bring they joy and the praise to my heart and soul. Your video of Pap and paul is so good to listen -what voices!
vickie

You expressed yourself beautifully, Tipper. Wonderful post!

Well done,Tipper.
When we sing songs and make music that praises Jesus Christ it is soothing to the soul. He is so much to sing about!!
Thanks for keeping these great sounds echoing!!

Wonderful post as usual Tipper,
Paul and Paps singing and playing was wonderful as well
"Oh, What a Savior" brings back the memory of the old time hymns and small church singings...
To get the spirit going my friend would play "I'll Fly Away" on the piano..by the end of the song..the congregation was in the spirit, requests for audience singers and songs flowed like a waterfall...LOL..with clapping, Amens and Spiritual movement in the church...
Rev. Dorseys "Peace In the Valley" is also one of my favorite hymns of all these years...he also wrote "Its a Highway to Heaven" with music by Marg Garner...
The stories behind the written music to a lot of these old time hymns will bring tears to your eyes as well...
When I was a child my Aunt in NC would never let me leave her house without having me sing to her..."Whispering Hope"..as a child I used to think that maybe that was the only song she knew...LOL..then for days afterword it wandered around in my head with me humming and realizing it..It still does at times...funny how these old hymns and their words stay with you forever...

What a lovely rendition of that song. Loved it.

And for the record, it's OK to be a crazed religious fanatic every now and again. ; )

Hi Tipper:

My husband shares Wanda's (above comment) exact sentiments on today's Praise Worship songs. I like the contemporary praise songs, but prefer to sing the old hymns in church.

Last week I had to have surgery. As they wheeled me from my hospital bed all the way to the operating room and to the last memory I have before going under the anesthesia, in my head I was singing the old hymns. What comfort they give!

As always, I just love your blog!

Blessings from San Diego:

Donna

In regards to the story of the woman in the home, absolutely, that is what it is all about. We can be abandoned by family and friends, or through disease, forget who they are but the One that matters remains, that is if we indeed had laid hold of Him. We are never alone, we never do things alone, we never live alone, we never die alone. These are the things spoken of in sacred music.

My favorite hymn as a child was "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand". These days, it's "The Solid Rock". Love the old hymns.

Like you I share a love of those old gospel songs of my youth! They bring me such peace : )

Hi Tipper, Great post... I love the old gospel hymns. We had Sunday night church when I grew up--and we sang out of a hymnal called the Cokesbury Hymnal. I learned all of the old songs back then --but kids today have never heard of them... I have such great memories of Sunday night church....

Some of my fav's:
In the Garden
Others
Whiter than Snow
Whispering Hope
Whiter than Snow
Living for Jesus
His Eye is on the Sparrow
MANY MANY more...

Hugs,
Betsy

Oh how wonderful to listen to Paul & Pap sing. I grew up singing that and the other old gospel songs, in the litle country church we attended. Like some of the now called praise songs, but they can't replace the hymns in my opinion. Really hate that the world has got so modern, that alot of the old ways are being replaced. Our young folks are missing alot. Love reading your blog. It makes my day.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of attending all-day singings at our church when groups and quartets from all over came and sang those wonderful old hymns. I still have LPs of some of my favorite groups from those days. My favorite gospel singer of all time was Vestal Goodman. Man, that woman could sing it out.

Tipper, I love your type of gospel music! Some of the 'praise' music today is nothing more than rock music. The music is sometimes so loud you can't hear the lyrics, so it is no different from what you might hear in a nightclub.
The little church I attended as a child had several song leaders, and we all had our favorites. There was one who always sang my favorites, so I loved it when it was his day to sing!
Looking forward to hearing more of this...Wanda

Tipper, Paul and Pap playing that hymn was really soul touching. Gospel music is an important part of our music heritage. This was a great post.

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