‘Shall We Gather at the River?’

A dear old traditional hymn, published in 1864–Shall We Gather at the River?, sung here by Burl Ives. Somehow this hymn brings 19th century Christianity into the 21st.

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ (Burl Ives)

Here’s a good old Sunday school favorite, piano and all–Bringing in the Sheaves, sung by Burl Ives. How many people out there don’t know what “sheaves” are?

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

We can’t do better than this to start our day–a great old-fashioned hymn, Bringing in the Sheaves.

I wonder how many people even know what sheaves are, these days.

And Burl Ives is well worth remembering, too.

Sanity Break: ‘Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin”

Before we plunge into any–ugh!–news, here’s a little something I remember from way back in my childhood–Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin’, sung here by Burl Ives… with a lot of guitar-work used to make puns. Very clever!

This is an old, old folk song and there must be a zillion different versions of it. Each and every one of them is better than the nooze.

By Request, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’

Ina from Scotland asked for “any Burl Ives hymn” and left it up to me to pick it, so I chose this one for her–I Need Thee Every Hour. I remember my grandma, my mother, and my aunts singing this around the house as they accomplished the day’s chores.

Yes, Lord, we need thee! And only You know how much.

Burl Ives, ‘Shall We Gather at the River’

I could use a hymn this morning–more on that later. Shall We Gather at the River is a good old-fashioned hymn, here sung by Burl Ives.

By Request, ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

I loved it when we sang this hymn in Sunday school, even if I didn’t know what “sheaves” were. Today it’s a hymn request by Erlene: Bringing in the Sheaves, sung here by Burl Ives. Some hymns just stick with you forever. This is one of them.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

Back to the Christmas Carol Contest–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and you can’t beat Burl Ives. Requested by Phoebe.

And I have to get off this accursed computer because it’s not working and it took me ten minutes to write these two lines.

‘The Ninety and Nine’

We are the kind of sheep that keep the shepherd busy. We’re always getting lost. Always wandering blindly into danger.  And when we do, the Good Shepherd leaves the ninety and nine and comes looking for the one that’s lost.

Your Favorite Hymns continues with The Ninety and Nine, sung by Burl Ives.

Memory Lane: ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’

I was surprised yesterday when one of my friends said she’d never heard this song, nor heard of it. Written back in 1928, Big Rock Candy Mountain was a hit song when I was a little boy. The great Burl Ives made it a hit. It was on one of those childrens’ record albums that my mother had for us, and I’ve seen it published in any number of folk songbooks.

True, some of it sounds a lot like Democrat campaign promises. Try to ignore that. And enjoy how beautifully Burl Ives hits the high note.