Thursday, August 2, 2012

Christian Music: Sometimes Alleluia!

Christian music is a lot different today than it was in the 1960's and 70's.  

At that time it was often dominated by traditional "church" music (choirs and organs, and solemn and staid)...and anything that even hinted at rock and roll was often characterized as the "devil's" music.

That began to change at that time and a Christian band called Love Song was one of the pioneers of that era.

Headed by Chuck Girard...their music sounds so soft and gentle now...that it's hard to believe that they were considered radial by some Christians of that time.

Girard released his first solo album in 1975 featuring a worship song he penned called Sometimes Alleluia.

It's a simple that he almost didn't finish except at his wife's urging...but the melody and lyrics seem to transcend era and style.

Here is a lovely video version of it found on YouTube:

From the Gaither Homecoming video series, 'Count Your Blessings' and taped at Fontanel in Nashville, TN featuring Reggie Smith, Wesley Pritchard, and Brooklyn Collingsworth.

Psalm 145:10-13

10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.


Image Use - Public Domain:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) 
Song of the Angels (1881)

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