Hymns I, II, and III
Page CXVI Records
Listener Appeal: All ages
“Page CXVI is a project started with the idea of making hymns accessible and known again. They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.”
This quote is from the band, Page CXVI, on why they started recording their CDs. I had a chance to listen to the first three of their albums, and I have to admit I was impressed.
Each of the 3 HYMNS CD’s have 7 classic song on them which have been arranged to fit the contemporary worship style. They've done a fantastic job with this.
I’ve played in worship bands for years and been listening to worship for even longer and I really love it. I’ve heard many versions of old hymns. Some were good, some were not so good. These versions though are wonderful. One of my particular favorites is off of Hymns 1, “In Christ Alone.” This has always been a song that I've liked, but the Page CXVI arrangement is truly stunning.
I only have 2 complaints of these CDs. My first is that they are only 7 songs each! It just leaves me longing for more. My second complaint is the song “Joy.” By the name of the song alone, you’d think it’d be a happy song. But the whole first half of the song is very slow and almost funereal. At the end, there is a cool musical build into a verse of “It Is Well,” but the song just seems like it needs more joy in it. Other than that, I love these CD’s and anxiously await Hymns IV which is due to drop sometime in the fall.
Feel free to download and play these songs around the house!
Let’s Talk About It:
If your family members are interested in this music, then encourage discussion about it afterward. You can use these questions to get started:
• Do you think the hymns or modern music have more powerful and meaningful lyrics? Defend your answer.
• What's something creative you could do to fuse modern style with old traditions? Describe it.
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