My practice lately has been to listen to hymns while I’m working on Mondays. Tuesdays are downtempo. Wednesdays are eclectic. Thursdays are chill. Fridays are jazz.

But Mondays are hymns. Sometimes the Gettys, sometimes Andrew Peterson, sometimes Mary Beth Carlson.

Today I started listening to a WOW collection of hymns. Some were just fine. But on the whole, I don’t think hymns are improved by adding endlessly repetitive elements, as if they were Hindu mantras.

Most of the time, the hymns were just fine the way they have developed in the church over many years with no need for improvement.

Call me a curmudgeon.

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