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Amazing Grace: Does the Tune Matter?

Does the tune, the music itself, have a message?

Examine the following videos and see what you think.

Orchestra and serious solemn singing of Amazing Grace.


Amazing Grace ( My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin


Amazing Grace sung to a different tune.


Now that version didn’t sound bad (more different) and actually was somewhat serious. So what can be wrong with putting Amazing Grace to that tune? If you know what the tune is then you might see the conflict. The tune is House Of Rising Sun which is about a house of ill repute.


So does singing Amazing Grace to this tune change the ultimate meaning or give a different message?


Recession Just Might be Good For Christian Music

Music in Recession

Once upon a time, artists—particularly in Christian music—never expected to make a living. They were in it with a passion for art and service. When some started to succeed, many saw Christian music as an opportunity to make money. A new economic expectation emerged, and the art and the passion were often diluted. Thompson thus sees a silver lining to the cloud of recession. “The lack of monetary benefit has filtered out some of the people who should not have been doing this in the first place,” he says. “If the people who are in it for the money are gone, it leaves more turf for those who had something a little bit loftier in mind.”

… Downhere’s Germain puts it this way: “I think you’ll see people who have a valid voice finding it in a better place, people that didn’t have a valid voice finding new careers in different industries, and artists that had nothing to say going away.”