Cardiphonia has produced a feast for the ears to strengthen the Feast of Christ in the modern church’s worship. Not long ago, Justin Taylor, when posting about our song, “Lord, I Believe,” commented: “I’m not aware of many hymns that are specifically designed for celebrating the Lord’s Supper.” This observation is typical and appropriate for those of us (myself included) reared in the modern evangelical church. Our tradition, by and large, has downplayed Communion. We speak of its importance. Some of us even believe it’s more than mere symbol and memorial. However, the importance of the Eucharist, for many of us, is not necessarily displayed in the frequency of our observance of it, and it is certainly not a large part of the body of literature of modern church music.
The irony of all of this is that many of our (Protestant) forefathers and mothers just a handful of generations ago were committed to writing songs for the Lord’s Supper. Cardiphonia has unearthed many of these old hymns and has encouraged new ones to be written. This is Cardiphonia’s most robust, most polished project to date: Songs for the Supper. And, as always, this record is FREE. But, if you do contribute something to the project, all the proceeds go to Stop Hunger Now. In celebrating the Meal, let’s give others a meal.
Some notable artists on this record: The Welcome Wagon, the old Red Mountain Music gang (Brian T. Murphy, Clint Wells), and The Ironsides (Matt Boswell‘s outfit). The songs by these folks are great, but they are by no means the only good tracks. (I especially love the first track by Bobby Krier and Justin Ruddy.) With this being the third “flash recording project” of Cardiphonia, we’re watching each of these artists improve in their songwriting and production. There are many great, great songs on this album.
I had the privilege of contributing a few songs to the record: (1) a folky remix of “Bread of the World in Mercy Broken,” from our album The Glad Sound; (2) a new tune for a forgotten hymn by Charles Wesley, entitled, “All Glory and Praise.” I’ll post my musings on this second song in a few days.
So go get this free record!