Earlier, I began a running list of modern hymns written in the 1990’s to present date. Now I would like to look at some hymns that have been given a new spin from a solid arrangement, added chorus, or a time signature change. I will be posting two hymns a day for the next few days, and here are some noteworthy ones to start with…let me know if you have some to add!
Be Thou My Vision (posted 2/4/11)
- Thomas Road Baptist Church, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Chorus by Adam Lancaster
- Public Domain (hymn)/Arr by Adam Lancaster via LifeWay.com
- CCLI song number 30639
- 1991 Baptist Hymnal #60
- Exact Arrangement available via choral anthem at LifeWay.com
This ancient Irish tune has been a foundational hymn of the faith for countless years. Based off of Psalm 83:25, Be Thou My Vision needs no “tweaking”, but in the defense of the new arrangement, only adding a simple refrain strengthens the original lyric and melody.
Thomas Road Baptist Church and Adam Lancaster made this arrangement widely-known in their worship services and LifeWay amde the arrangement available to the churches as a choral anthem. This arrangement is also on the CD of TRBC’s worship leader, Charles Billingsley. Lancaster uses a couple of subtle chord changes to add a nice progression. The added chorus is simply: “Will you guide me, when I can’t see, please Lord, lead me, you’re all that I need.” Lyrically, they skip the hymn’s original second and fourth verse but use 1 and 3. Here is the format of the old made new hymn:
Verse 1 (solo) / Verse 1 (Repeated with choir) / Chorus / Verse 2 (Hymn’s 3rd verse) / Chorus
Listen to the song here.
“One Day”/”Living He Loved Me (O Glorious Day)” (posted 2/4/11)
- Casting Crowns/L. Wilbur Chapman/Charles Marsh
- Public Domain
- CCLI song number 63596
- 1991 Baptist Hymnal #193
- Exact arrangement is found in “super chart” form via LifeWayWorship.com
Casting Crowns hit two out of the park on their “Until the Whole World Hears” album (this one and “Blessed Redeemer” seen below). Hear mark Hall (lead singer of Casting Crowns) talks about the “Living He Loved Me (O Glorious Day)” here. The original hymn has five verses and Crowns uses four out of the five on their arrangement. The hymn was composed in 9/4 time and the new arrangement has a 4/4 time signature. The arrangement is in this format:
Verse / Chorus / Verse 2 / Chorus / Verse 3 (hymn verse 4) / Chorus / Bridge (hymn verse 5) / Chorus
Check out the song (via youtube) here.
- Chris Tomlin, John Newton, and Louie Giglio
- 2006 worshiptogether.com songs
- CCLI song number 4768151
- 1991 Baptist Hymnal #330
- arrangement avaliable at CCLI SongSelect & LifeWayWorship.com
Christ Tomlin arranged this song in 2006 by using the original “Amazing Grace” verses 1, 2, and 4 while adding a final verse and chorus. Hear Chris talk about the song, here. Tomlin arranged the song in this format:
Verse 1 / verse 2 / Chorus / Verse 3 (hymn verse 4) / Chorus / Chorus / Verse 4 (new verse)
Listen to the song here.
To God Be the Glory (posted 2/3/11)
- Tommy Walker, Fanny Crosby, and William Doane
- 2005 Doulos Publishing (Admin. by Maranatha! Music)
- CCLI song number 4556208
- 1991 Baptist Hymnal #4
- arrangement avaliable at CCLI SongSelect
Tommy Walker arranged this hymn by changing the time signature from the original 3/4 time to 6/8 time with a 3/8 bar included for metric/rhythmic consistency. The lyrics are all the same as the original text from Doane. The arrangement even keeps words like “hath” and “vilest” which would commonly be changed in other arrangers opinions. Walker has updated the form a bit by using it in this format:
Verse 1 / Chorus / Verse 2 / Verse 3 / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus
The bridge was added by Walker: “Glory, glory, glory, glory, give Him glory, great things He has done!”
This song can easily be used in congregations with no need to “train” the congregation first. Simply change the time signature and skip the bridge. You could do it this Sunday, in fact. Here is Walker with a recording of the song.
Blessed Redeemer (posted 2/3/11)
- Casting Crowns, Avis B. Christiansen, Harry Dixon, Loes
- 1921. Renewed 1949 Harry Dixon Loes. Assigned New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
- CCLI song number 14954
- 1991 Baptist Hymnal #149
- Exact Arrangement available via “superchart” at LifeWayWorship.com
Casting Crowns arranged this song on their “Until the Whole World Hears” album which came out November 17, 2009. Crowns put a minor tonality in the verses and switched to major in the chorus. They kept nearly every word from the original text (only changed “tongue” in verse three to “song”). In the hymnal, “Blessed Redeemer” is in 9/8. The new arrangement is in 4/4. The Crowns perform it in this format:
verse / chorus / verse / chorus / chorus / verse / chorus (added chorus)
Visit this link at youtube to see Casting Crowns perform it live at the 2:17 mark of the video. Here’s a clip of Mark Hall (lead singer of Casting Crowns) speak about the song here. Or, here is a clip direct from the recording (also via youtube).
- Jesus Paid It All (arr. Alex Nifong / CCLI#4689508 / kept baisc lyric & structure and added a bridge
- All the Way My Savior Leads Me (arr. Tomlin / CCLI#5203268 / kept basic lyric, changed to 4/4 time and added a bridge)
- All Creatures of Our God and King (arr. Milligan & Crowder / CCLI #3608102 / 3 verses with a tag)
- Holy, Holy, Holy / Holy is the Name (additional chorus Todd Rukes / RedTieMusic / brand new arr)
- Take My Life And Let it Be (arr. Tomlin / added chorus)
- All Hail the Pow’r of Jesus Name (His Name is Jesus) (via Zach Rice) (Sovereign Grace)