(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.10)
No More New Hymns?
“Please! NO more new hymns. What’s wrong with the inspiring hymns with which we grew up?
When I go to church, it’s to worship God, not be distracted with learning a new hymn.
“Last Sunday’s was particularly unnerving. While the text was good, the tune was quite
unsingable and the harmonies were quite discordant.”
From a letter written in 1890. The hymn that aroused the complaint: