I feel a little guilty. I’m as committed as anyone to writing new tunes for hymns to help them find a voice today and, yet, I don’t really care for what is probably the most famous of the “new tunes” out there. It’s the only one that I know of that made it into the Trinity Hymnal. That, of course (after reading the title of this post), is Rock of Ages.
It’s not that I have an undying love for the tune TOPLADY (Trinity Hymnal #499), it’s just that the tune for #500 has never thrilled me.
(Of course, there are plenty of people out there who love the new tune and to them I say, “More power to you!” This is clearly a taste issue, not one that is theological.)
Last week, I ran across two YouTube videos which contained settings of the traditional tune, TOPLADY, in a no-so-traditional manner. I commend them to you if you, like me, have never been able to embrace Trinity Hymnal #500.
Chris Rice – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdu-iBPHtQ8
Fernando Ortega – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp6yT2rz0iA&feature=related