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Thread #93597 Message #1807617
Posted By: GUEST,Janie
11-Aug-06 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
The hymns I find I love tell a good story, or have a universal message that I deeply believe, have words and music that, when sung together, simply move me, and/or are strongly associated, or in a style that I strongly associate with my childhood, family, and rural culture. I think I have more of an emotional response than a spiritual response to most of the hymns I love. I am more likely to respond to instrumental music as a spiritual experience than I am a song with lyrics. Perhaps because spirit is ineffable and words are not.