New Tunes for Old

Tunes are perhaps the most emotive yet the most fleeting part of songs.

Words may need adjusting here and there to cope with the vagaries of language change but the cultural significance of certain melodies and musical styles changes much more dramatically. And so while people are often very tightly wedded to ‘favourite tunes’, it’s worth being open to new tunes for good old songs.

It’s not for the sake of people who know and love the old songs so much as for those who don’t love them yet, but who might if they were not married to off-putting music. That’s the philosophy we have anyway. These won’t be to everyone’s taste, but why don’t you listen and give them a try? We’re not suggesting banishing the old tunes, but just doing something different from time to time.

Sing along videos:

Psalm 88: O Lord the God who saves me
New tune for John Marriott’s hymn about the Bible: God whose almighty word
New tune for John Newton’s hymn: Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat
New tune for John Brownlie’s (translation of a Greek) hymn: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Instrumental versions

Instrumental versions below because I haven’t really got vocal versions yet that I’m happy with. If you really want a vocal version listen to the sing-along videos above or ask me. Even better, record a version of you singing/playing along to the backing track and I’ll mix contributions together for a crowd-sourced band mix.

Sheet music & Lyrics:

Psalm 88: O Lord the God who saves me

Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness (2005)

Jesus, the Everlasting Word (2005)

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