Cheri Fields | The Joy of What Thou Art

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The Joy of What Thou Art

by Cheri Fields

Resettings of traditional hymns in a devotional, simple, piano/voice style.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. The Heavens Declare
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2. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
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3. Jesus I Am Resting, Resting
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4. I Am His, And He Is Mine
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5. Like a River Glorious
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6. Nothing Between
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7. Jesus Calls Us
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8. Give to the Winds Thy Fears
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9. Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness
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10. Just as I Am
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11. More Love to Thee
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12. The Bible Stands
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I love hymns. Many of the words were written by people who not only knew a lot about the English language and poetic meter, they knew what it really meant to belong to Jesus and follow him through life. Some of their accompanying composers can’t be matched, like P.P. Bliss and Ira Sankey, but many of the tunes in the hymn book are deeply steeped in the sounds and harmonies of the era they were composed in. They can often seem stilted and odd to our modern ears. Why not reset some favorite and obscure hymns to new sounds that could resonate with today’s congregations?
These resettings are more an act of devotion on my part than an ambition to become somebody special. But I know enough about my Master to know he didn’t give me gifts to hide them away in my closet. He’s rarely let me hoard my musical ability, much as I would have liked to!
Each time I sit down to rework a hymn I think of the needs of a congregation. Many old tunes ranged all over-- especially up high where many of us struggle to sing out. Comfortable singing range and easily learned phrases are a priority for me.
I’ve also spent more than enough time practicing a praise song that just had the craziest rhythm and complex tune. All those I spent so much time learning have already disappeared from the church repertoire, and rightfully so. Your need to comfortably and beautifully sync your voice, soul, and spirit in worship is always at the front of my mind-- it’s where I want to be in a worship service!
So, my prayer is that these resetting will help a new generation rediscover the power of hymn writers such as Isaac Watts, Haldor Lillenas, and others so we can join the age-old choir in such extraordinary expressions of worship and devotion.

I'm not usually the emotional one, but I've shed tears over many of these words, particularly When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and have felt my own heart laid bare at Jesus' feet. May my secret time of devotion and connection with both Jesus and the lyrics authors flow out to embrace you and sweep your soul along in an experience of both worship and connection with those who have gone before us!

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