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My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger.
I never force myself to be devout except when I feel so inspired, and never compose hymns of prayers unless I feel within me real and true devotion.
You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.
Like civil-rights protesters who sang rousing hymns as they were carried off to jail, Twitterers are bearing witness to what's happening around them, and calling out into the darkness of cyberspace for confirmation. I'm here. You're here, too. We are present.
I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them.
I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds. The Christmas record has strong, traditional hymns, but it also has a song called 'Christmas in Heaven' about missing someone that you love that's passed on, and wondering what's going on up there on Christmas.
Listening to music is such an uplifting, spiritual thing. It's far-fetched to some - I understand that. But the way dance music brings people together, it's not a big stretch from hymns.
The democratic and pedestrian character of the new Mass itself seems to invite the ditties that pass for hymns these days.
Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singin' hymns is a great thing to do.
Growing up in Jamaica, the Pentecostal church wasn't that fiery thing you might think. It was very British, very proper. Hymns. No dancing. Very quiet. Very fundamental.
But nowadays hymns are the norm, because people don't have much else to sing.
One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations.
The Psalms, the anthology of the hymns of Israel, are still used by Christians.
Kenneth Scott Latourette
I grew up going to a real small missionary baptist church. We would sing a lot of the old standards... the hymns and everything. Those songs are still my favorite and are pretty timeless.
At school, I enjoyed playing the bassoon. I was in the orchestra and played the melody when the other boys sang hymns at prayers time.
I listen to Bach a great deal. In general I like to listen to hymns and liturgical music.
When I first began to learn to sing, it took me from three to four months to learn two simple hymns.
Heber J. Grant
I do a medley of hymns in all of my sets, whether I'm in an arena, in a theater, in an amusement park.
It's part of what I do at my piano - the hymns. And then I write.
Sometimes I, as a public official, turn to Scripture or hymns - especially hymns, because sometimes we Catholics don't have the Scriptures memorized like we should - to help me explain a public policy position or an idea or to be able to articulate it better when you're talking about justice or mercy or compassion.
Bob Casey, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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