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Page CXVI/Hymns

For those of you interested in hymns that has a bit of an upbeat and modern twist, I encourage you to check out the hymns produced by PAGE CXVI.  Since I love music that exalts and praises God, I would like to share a little review from the hymns they produced.  They have a four part hymn project, but I was only able to listen to Hymns III so far.  I still have yet to buy Hymns I, II, and IV.

For those of you that do not know what PAGE CXVI is, here is a quote from their website that describes briefly about themselves, “PAGE CXVI is a project started with the idea of making hymns accessible and known again.  They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.”

Hymns III has a collection of very epic hymns that are considered powerhouses in church history – sung by millions of saints: Be Still My Soul, Be Thou My Vision, In the Sweet By and By, Holy, Holy, Holy, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, You Have Redeemed My Soul, and Divine Invitation.  It is epic and creative that these hymns are filled with wonderful orchestration and arrangement; and backed up by a gifted vocalist.  The melody and vocalist puts you into a relaxing meditation mode when you listen to each of the hymns.

Here is what I like or that I found creative and unique about the individual songs:

1) Be Still My Soul

I like how the piano is played softly and how it is accompanied with a brass instrument.  It really does complement the title, “Be Still My Soul.”  As I sung this song, I imagine myself floating on God’s providence because I know He takes care of me.

2) Be Thou My Vision

This hymn is one of my favorites.  I consider it the Himalaya of this album.   I love the aggressive percussion and brass instrument.  The aggressive percussion and brass instrument played causes me  to meditate on the Almighty God, who is my vision.  Also the phrase “in my heart” that is repeated many times, precipitates me to have more love and passion for Jesus.

3) In the Sweet By and By

The rendition of this song will make you want to listen.  The pitch of the vocalist makes the song come alive when singing about “meeting God in the shore.”

4) Holy, Holy, Holy

I love how this song climaxes at 2:01.  Listen to the percussion and the string instrument being played to the lyrics, “You are God, You set us free, liberating me, You broke the chains, You part the sea, set the captives free.”  These lyrics really depict the awesomeness of God and His holiness.

5) Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

I like how the flow of the piano and percussion; and how it later transitions with the string instrument later.  The string instrument really makes the song come alive.  I also appreciate how the cymbal is used near the end of the song because it transitions smoothly when the pitch of the vocalist increases.

6) You Have Redeemed My Soul

While listening to this song, I really liked how the instruments were orchestrated and arranged, but what really hooked me into the song were the lyrics.  It was so convicting, when I heard the words, “You have redeemed my soul from the pit of emptiness, You have redeemed my soul from death.”  As I was listening to this bridge, it caused me to close my eyes and stare at the glorious cross, where my Savior died for me.

7) Divine Invitation

The song was well done.  But the title alone, Divine Invitation, is  filled with nostalgic memories of God’s grace towards me.  It was God alone who brought me out of the kingdom of darkness and invited me into the kingdom of righteousness.  This is a song that John Calvin would like because it echoes the Doctrines of Grace.

Here is their website: pagecxvi.com

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