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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations.
I listen to Bach a great deal. In general I like to listen to hymns and liturgical music.
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.
The democratic and pedestrian character of the new Mass itself seems to invite the ditties that pass for hymns these days.
But nowadays hymns are the norm, because people don't have much else to sing.
The Psalms, the anthology of the hymns of Israel, are still used by Christians.
Kenneth Scott Latourette
It's part of what I do at my piano - the hymns. And then I write.
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