Confession, I don't really like most Christian music. So much of it is cheesy and sounds nothing like the type of music I really like (acoustic and indie rock, folk, ya know stuff I play on this blog). But, I do love old hymns made new. Growing up at Centenary in Winston-Salem we only sang hymns, so by age 18 when I graduated high school I knew the words to so many hymns and had my favorites. At UT (Tennessee, not to be confused with Texas) RUF many of the songs we sang were hymns in new arrangements, and that is where my love affair began. There is something so beautiful to me about the words from songs of the old Church. The songs have lasted so many years but, are very much a picture of my heart today. I have started collecting old hymnals and at an antique store in Austin even found an old glass slide of the song "Jesus, Lover of my Soul". The thing I love most about hymns is God uses them to bring my heart to a place of seeing Him more. Some of my favorite hymns to new melodies artists are Red Mountain Music, Indelible Grace, and Sojourn Music .
Right now my very favorite song is "Jesus, I Come". Shelly Moore Band does a beautiful version. The video is pretty boring because it is simply a picture of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son painting (which is one of my favorites), but the song is worth it. It has such tender and freeing words.