Written by one of the most prolific female hymn writers Fanny Crosby in 1872, reinterpreted by Jonathan Veira & Mark Edwards. Lyrically contextualised for more modern congregations, the new tune, to be sung with joy and verve at a steady pace, aligns perfectly with the hymn's message.
(What a friend we have in Jesus)
Fusing together a fresh upbeat melody over Joseph Medlicott Scriven's original lyrics and adding a chorus has been embraced by many a congregation. Writer Pete James hopes it will 'awaken prayer in people and the simplicity of prayer.' An excellent example of the familiar and the new blending harmoniously.
(Dyma Gariad (Here Is Love))
First penned by William Rees in 1847 and later associated with the 1904-1905 Welsh revival, Cath Woolridge and Sound Of Wales have contemporised the arrangement. Adding a melodic motif as an introduction and before each verse, together with a bridge declaring 'It’s just the beginning, now is the time, flow through the valleys, life giving tide' offer a prophetic and upliting energy.
Steve Parsons version recorded on 'Hymns To Light The Way' is dressed in more intimate, soulful attire. Written by Henry Francis Lyte and most often sung to William Henry Monk's tune 'Eventide', Parson's adaptation is thoughtfully arranged and can be useful to play in services for meditation.
Probably the most recorded hymn of all time and certainly one of the greatest. Colin Webster has added additional lyrics and set this powerful hymn to the Scottish folksong 'Auld Lang Syne'. To be sung slowly and reflectively with a key change towards the end to help it soar.
Popular reworking of beloved hymn 'It Is Well With My Soul' is written by Kristene DiMarco with Horatio Spafford and Philip Bliss receiving posthumous credits. With a totally new musical perspective and structure, the highly singable new chorus and featurette of the original chorus combine superbly.