The story of this song, Oh Holy Night, began in the 1840’s in France when a Priest asked a poet named Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure to write a poem for Christmas Mass. Cappeau composed this poem while he was in a carriage on the road to France … and that he titled Cantique de Noel.
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Jan 24, 2009
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Robert Robinson was just a small boy when his dad died, and this meant that he had to go to work while still very young. Without a father to guide him, he fell in with bad crowd of friends.
One day, his gang harassed a drunken gypsy. Pouring more whiskey into
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
GMA DOVE AWARDS
The 39th annual GMA Dove Awards were awarded 1/25/08 and televised live on the Gospel Music Channel. The Dove Awards in the overall categories went to:
Artist of the Year: Toby Mac
Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Grant
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Tomlin
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 16, 2009
Jim Lopardo tells this story: I was a percussion major when I was in college, and during a rehearsal of the student orchestra, my section kept making mistakes.
"When you’re too dumb to play anything," the professor conducting us sneered, "they give you a couple of sticks, put you in the back and
Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin. But he held it up with a smile; "What am I bidden, good folks?" he cried. "Who’ll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!"
"Only two? Two dollars, and who’ll
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Only the Lord and the man in question really know what burdens of sorrow and affliction were heaped upon the writer of this great hymn. One thing we do know, however, is that this beautiful and blessed hymn would never have been penned if the author had not known
Contributed by John Boquist on Aug 3, 2008
In 1530 the great reformer Martin Luther wrote: “I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music, for she alone, after theology, can do what otherwise only theology can accomplish, namely, quiet and cheer up the soul of man, which is clear
The week before last I made a trip to Lincoln, Illinois. I drove Dallas and Alpha’s car up there and left it off for them. (It was an 18-hour road trip, but I actually enjoyed most of it. The reason I enjoyed it was not JUST that I was driving a red SAAB with lots of pickup --- that got 35 miles
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2010
Arturo Toscanini Demanded Excellence From the Symphony Orchestra
One of history’s greatest musical conductors was Arturo Toscanini. Born in Parma, Italy, in 1867, Toscanini died in his sleep in New York City in 1957. For years he conducted the National Broadcasting Company’s Symphony Orchestra in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 30, 2010
J.S. Bach on the Purpose of Music
J.S. Bach said, “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub.”
He headed his compositions: “J.J.” “Jesus Juva” which means “Jesus help
the new man sings a new song. Singing is an expression of joy and . . .an
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Sep 10, 2009
So this morning, we are going to try to stimulate different portions of the brain. We are going to have communion. Tactile worship and meditation definitely engage our senses in a way that make God more real. We are going to sing about worshipping in the best times and worst times with a song
"Wake Up Little Susie" is a popular song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and published in 1957.
The song is best known in a recording by The Everly Brothers. It is written from the point of view of a high school boy to his girlfriend, Susie. In the song, the two go out on a date to a
Let’s get back to the hot topic of music: Gordon MacDonald stated, “…A piece of music can summon tears of sadness or feelings of incredible joy and well-being. Every culture (perhaps each generation) appears to have developed its own unique musical forms and expressions-the bundling together of
From page 95-96 “Who Stole My Church”
“Anyone know anything about Isaac Watts?” I asked. Yvonne spoke: “Wasn’t he a hymn writer? I think he wrote ‘When I survey the Wonderous Cross.” “Yep, he did. Know any of his other songs?” “I think he wrote one of the Christmas carols,” Ted , probably the
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Nov 16, 2009
“Harmony reflects the triumph of creation over chaos, order over disorder, sanity over confusion,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2009
Mother Switches Daughter’s Musical Instrument to Keep Her from Singing
I read the true story about a woman who bought her daughter a really nice Baby Grand Piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, one of her friends asked her how her daughter was doing.
“Oh,” she said, “I persuaded her to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2009
Researchers Discover The Benefits of Music and Singing
But there’s another reason why we should sing.
Music changes us. It transforms us.
Singing isn’t just a declaration of our joy… it has the power to MAKE us joyful.
ILLUS: Back in 1998, researchers found that music stimulates the auditory