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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio. Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymnbooks.


  1. What about singing actual Bible Scriptures? That allows one to memorize the Bible while one is worshiping God. Pretty melodies aid in the process. Ya know, it helps with – Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.

  2. I agree, Ginny. That’s why the old hymns are still sing able, many have direct scripture as lyrics, there’s no soloist to be “admired” and people can sing along with feeling. The only trouble with the older hymns in ‘the old days’ was the fact that they were so easy to memorize, and sometimes the worshippers sang by rote without the heartfelt meaning of the words and meaning. I am a composer, too, and come from a classical background with degrees, etc. etc., but all modern, new hymns (not simple choruses) are, as Christ would say: “Beware of vain repetition.” And by sheer physics (God created!) in the Hebrew language, there is already music in the language itself by the simple, but miraculous frequencies. They are using this type already in hospitals in Phoenix for healing purposes. A long way to go, but God’s in charge.
    Love to the music of God,

  1. […] One of the first songs that Keith co-wrote, called β€œIn Christ Alone,” has been among the top 20 songs sung in newer churches in the United States for the past five years, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International. It is also a favorite in more traditional venues β€” including the recent enthronement service for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby…. Read this in full at […]