Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hymns for a Kid's Heart

I bought Hymns for a Kid's Heart- volume two. Andrew does not like 'pretty music' and this was no exception. He insisted I stop the CD when we played it. The book however is MUCH more than that. It has mini-biographies on each composer and a personal story of them- very much a living book. I just started reading the first one aloud to him while we were eating lunch one day. The composer was Joachim Neander who wrote Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. Apparently Joachim ran with a 'bad crowd' until he accepted Jesus at which time he prayed for new friends...and got them! The next day Andrew and I were 'playing people' and Andrew mentioned that one of his characters was like Joachim. It took me awhile for me to figure out what he was saying...first, neither of us knows how to pronounce Joachim and second, I hadn't remembered the story. But Andrew was able to tell me what he was talking referencing with his eyes while saying "You know... THAT book." That was a sweet little referencing CM moment all wrapped up into one little package;)

So, we will continue to read the book and sneak in a hymn or two. He did enjoy when I tried playing it on the piano. (The book has the sheet music included.) Our church does not use hymns. I am not sure how you would classify what we sing ...Praise and Worship I guess. But it is good to have a go at all different types of music.

By the way...if you go on youtube you will find many variations of this hymn. Here are just three. It is a great way to listen to the way different instruments sound. One warning on Youtube...please do not let your child watch alone. There is no telling what 'recommended' videos pop up after the first one you watch.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty- church bells




jamie in rose cottage said...

We have that book, too, and it's GREAT!

Renae said...

It's me again. ;) I just had to add my praise for the hymn book. I ended up buying the whole series at Library and Educational Services, because they are out of print now. They sell them for $12.50 a book, in case you would like others.

I look forward to learning about Christmas hymns soon.