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Many people believe that traditional church music is vastly superior to the contemporary church music being written today. But the date on which a song was written does not insure it’s worth either theologically or musically. Milburn Price, a Church Music professor, gave the following example in an article he wrote called, "Tensions in Church Music":

"The bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling

For you, but not for me.

The blessed angels sing-a-ling-a-ling

Through all eternity.

"O death, where is they sting-a-ling-a-ling?

O grave, thy victory?

No ting-a-ling-a-ling, no sting-a-ling-a-ling,

But sing-a-ling-a-ling for me!"

This was a hymn sung by the church in early America. But clearly it doesn’t measure up to the great hymns of the faith written at that time. My point, just because something is old doesn’t make it good!

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