JG Hymns

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JG Hymns (Jon Green) is an experimental multi-instrumentalist based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. His musical pursuit has amassed four full-length albums dating back to 2008. The first three albums, titled Hymns Volume I, II and III, are comprised of songs that he has written the music for, while incorpating lyrics from the likes of Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts and Joachim Neander, as well as his own. Some of the writings that he uses even date back to the late 1600's. In essence, it looks like he has consumed the sweet poetry of godly men and found ways to articulate those thoughts into music, alongside his own ideas. The result is quite different.

Altogether, I'm not sure that I have heard anything exactly like JG Hymns, which is somewhat invigorating. Yet, sure, there is definitely music out there that has the same nuances, but his music is quite provoking in an age where everything sounds conveniently familiar. I said all that to say that I am not quite sure how to work it. Overall, his music is multifarious—electronic, 80's, art-pop, with an avant-garde approach to constructing sound.

In the song "Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove", Jon lays it down and grabs an acoustic guitar while vocalizing these aged, yet apropos words penned by poet and hymnwriter Isaac Watts:

Come Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,

With all Thy Quick'ning powers.

Kindle a flame of sacred love,

In these cold hearts of ours...

 

JG Hymns Group Pic

 

His latest record, Lots, was released in 2012, and is described as being about "9 different ways in which people from past and present times have responded to significant events in their lives". On this album, you will find old lyrics by Horatio Spafford and Samuel Francis, as well as Jon's lyrics combined with Charles Wesley's in the tune "No, No, No, No, No " which explores the power and beauty of Christ's sacrifice in purchasing our victory, with sentiments like: 

No, no, no, no, no more condemnation now I dread

Alive in him my head

No, no, no, no, no condemnation now I dread

He left it with the dead

No, no, no, no, no more condemnation now I dread

Yeah, that’s what I said

 

Thanks to my friends over at The Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal Inc. for showcasing an otherwise obscure artist that has certainly made a stellar contribution to our ever-growing collection of music created by fellow friends and lovers of Love Himself, Jesus. 

Oh, and in my last converse with JG, he mentioned a new album is in the works...

JG Hymns Facebook Page

 

 

 

JG Hymns Collage

All photos permissbly lifted from the JG Hymns Facebook page and the lyrics from the JG Hymns Bandcamp site. 

Writer:  Cory Enderby  2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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