Struggling between contemporary and traditional music approaches? This essay from 200 years ago might help.
Defining a good song is tricky, but the main test of melodies—likewise, harmony and form—is the same for any art: the test of time. Poor quality doesn’t last long.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” is most assuredly one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Christmas Carol in most hymnbooks today and is one of the oldest texts still sung by the Church at any time of the year.
A hymnal is a valuable resource for all kinds of Christians, as well as congregational leaders, find out why