The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93597   Message #1807999
Posted By: Hrothgar
12-Aug-06 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
From what I've seen and heard at our hymn-singing sessions at the National each year, there is nothing to separate the good from the bad except the way people sing them. Good hymns are a bit like folk songs that way - it's very hard to come up with a good definition, but there are endless good examples.

The words have to flow.

The tune is better if simple.

... and people have to want to sing ...