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Most of the tunes had been previously published, but "Gallaher" and "St. Mary" had not. Mary", but that does not mean that he wrote it. The music behind 'amazing' had a sense of awe to it. The music behind 'grace' sounded graceful. There was a rise at the point of confession, as though the author was stepping out into the open and making a bold declaration, but a corresponding fall when admitting his blindness. King became widely influential and continues to be used. Another verse was first recorded in Harriet Beecher Stowe 's immensely influential anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Three verses were emblematically sung by Tom in his hour of deepest crisis.

It was one of between 50 and 70 verses of a song titled "Jerusalem, My Happy Home", which was first published in a book called A Collection of Sacred Ballads :. When we've been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We've no less days to sing God's praise, Than when we first begun. Shape-note singing communities, with all the members sitting around an open center, each song employing a different song leader, illustrated this in practice. Simultaneously, the US began to expand westward into previously unexplored territory that was often wilderness.

The "dangers, toils, and snares" of Newton's lyrics had both literal and figurative meanings for Americans. Civil War — With death so real and imminent, religious services in the military became commonplace. Although "Amazing Grace" set to "New Britain" was popular, other versions existed regionally. Primitive Baptists in the Appalachian region often used "New Britain" with other hymns, and sometimes sing the words of "Amazing Grace" to other folk songs, including titles such as " In the Pines ", "Pisgah", "Primrose", and "Evan", as all are able to be sung in common meter, of which the majority of their repertoire consists.

Two musical arrangers named Dwight Moody and Ira Sankey heralded another religious revival in the cities of the US and Europe, giving the song international exposure. Moody's preaching and Sankey's musical gifts were significant; their arrangements were the forerunners of gospel music , and churches all over the US were eager to acquire them. Publisher Edwin Othello Excell gave the version of "Amazing Grace" set to "New Britain" immense popularity by publishing it in a series of hymnals that were used in urban churches.

Excell altered some of Walker's music, making it more contemporary and European, giving "New Britain" some distance from its rural folk-music origins. Excell's version was more palatable for a growing urban middle class and arranged for larger church choirs. Several editions featuring Newton's first three stanzas and the verse previously included by Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom's Cabin were published by Excell between and His version of "Amazing Grace" became the standard form of the song in American churches. With the advent of recorded music and radio, "Amazing Grace" began to cross over from primarily a gospel standard to secular audiences.

The ability to record combined with the marketing of records to specific audiences allowed "Amazing Grace" to take on thousands of different forms in the 20th century. Where Edwin Othello Excell sought to make the singing of "Amazing Grace" uniform throughout thousands of churches, records allowed artists to improvise with the words and music specific to each audience.

AllMusic lists over 1, recordings — including re-releases and compilations — as of It was included from to in Okeh Records ' catalogue, which typically concentrated strongly on blues and jazz. Demand was high for black gospel recordings of the song by H. Tomlin and J. A poignant sense of nostalgia accompanied the recordings of several gospel and blues singers in the s and s who used the song to remember their grandparents, traditions, and family roots. Mahalia Jackson [66]. Mahalia Jackson 's version received significant radio airplay, and as her popularity grew throughout the s and s, she often sang it at public events such as concerts at Carnegie Hall.

I was not sure the magic worked outside the church walls But I wasn't taking any chances. Collins also considered it a talisman of sorts, and saw its equal emotional impact on the marchers, witnesses, and law enforcement who opposed the civil rights demonstrators. Collins decided to record it in the late s amid an atmosphere of counterculture introspection; she was part of an encounter group that ended a contentious meeting by singing "Amazing Grace" as it was the only song to which all the members knew the words.

Collins, who had a history of alcohol abuse, claimed that the song was able to "pull her through" to recovery. Paul's , the chapel at Columbia University , chosen for the acoustics. She chose an a cappella arrangement that was close to Edwin Othello Excell's, accompanied by a chorus of amateur singers who were friends of hers. Collins connected it to the Vietnam War, to which she objected: "I didn't know what else to do about the war in Vietnam. I had marched, I had voted, I had gone to jail on political actions and worked for the candidates I believed in. The war was still raging.

There was nothing left to do, I thought It rose to number 15 on the Billboard Hot , remaining on the charts for 15 weeks, [73] as if, she wrote, her fans had been "waiting to embrace it". Although Collins used it as a catharsis for her opposition to the Vietnam War, two years after her rendition, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards , senior Scottish regiment of the British Army , recorded an instrumental version featuring a bagpipe soloist accompanied by a pipe and drum band. The tempo of their arrangement was slowed to allow for the bagpipes, but it was based on Collins': it began with a bagpipe solo introduction similar to her lone voice, then it was accompanied by the band of bagpipes and horns, whereas in her version she is backed up by a chorus.

It topped the RPM national singles chart in Canada for three weeks, [78] and rose as high as number 11 in the US [79] [80] It is also a controversial instrumental, as it combined pipes with a military band.

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Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart also recorded "Amazing Grace" around the same time, and both of their renditions were popular. Cash and his family sang it to themselves while they worked in the cotton fields following Jack's death. Cash often included the song when he toured prisons, saying "For the three minutes that song is going on, everybody is free. It just frees the spirit and frees the person. The U.

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Library of Congress has a collection of 3, versions of and songs inspired by "Amazing Grace", some of which were first-time recordings by folklorists Alan and John Lomax , a father and son team who in travelled thousands of miles across the South to capture the different regional styles of the song.

Steve Turner, [83]. It has been mass-produced on souvenirs, lent its name to a Superman villain , appeared on The Simpsons to demonstrate the redemption of a murderous character named Sideshow Bob , incorporated into Hare Krishna chants and adapted for Wicca ceremonies. It is referenced in the film Amazing Grace , which highlights Newton's influence on the leading British abolitionist William Wilberforce , [86] and in the film biography of Newton, Newton's Grace. Spock following his death, [86] but more practically, because the song has become "instantly recognizable to many in the audience as music that sounds appropriate for a funeral" according to a Star Trek scholar.

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In recent years, the words of the hymn have been changed in some religious publications to downplay a sense of imposed self-loathing by its singers. The second line, "That saved a wretch like me! Newton's Calvinistic view of redemption and divine grace formed his perspective that he considered himself a sinner so vile that he was unable to change his life or be redeemed without God's help. Yet his lyrical subtlety, in Steve Turner's opinion, leaves the hymn's meaning open to a variety of Christian and non-Christian interpretations.

Due to its immense popularity and iconic nature, the meaning behind the words of "Amazing Grace" has become as individual as the singer or listener. The transformative power of the song was investigated by journalist Bill Moyers in a documentary released in Moyers was inspired to focus on the song's power after watching a performance at Lincoln Center , where the audience consisted of Christians and non-Christians, and he noticed that it had an equal impact on everybody in attendance, unifying them.

Collins, Cash, and Norman were unable to discern if the power of the song came from the music or the lyrics. Gospel singer Marion Williams summed up its effect: "That's a song that gets to everybody".


The Dictionary of American Hymnology claims it is included in more than a thousand published hymnals, and recommends its use for "occasions of worship when we need to confess with joy that we are saved by God's grace alone; as a hymn of response to forgiveness of sin or as an assurance of pardon; as a confession of faith or after the sermon". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For other uses, see Amazing Grace disambiguation. Christian hymn. The bottom of page 53 of Olney Hymns shows the first stanza of the hymn beginning "Amazing Grace! How industrious is Satan served. I was formerly one of his active undertemptors and had my influence been equal to my wishes I would have carried all the human race with me.

A common drunkard or profligate is a petty sinner to what I was. Main article: Olney Hymns. And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O L ORD God. This version also includes Newton's sixth verse, which is uncommon in recordings.

This recording was made for the American Folklife Center and is in the U. Library of Congress. Those songs come out of conviction and suffering. The worst voices can get through singing them 'cause they're telling their experiences.

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Directing them in the room where it happens is the aptly named Alexander Hamilton, whose wildly energetic arms and body speak the coded language that every choir member understands. Again, this movie impeccably and repeatedly connects us with the expected beats the church etches into its parishioners. A few celebrities like Mick Jagger are briefly seen but not formally introduced, but two gospel legends get some well-deserved screen time. The first is Clara Ward, who was a primary influence on Aretha Franklin. The second is Rev. And experiencing this in a theater is a must. As a result, the footage sat in a vault at Warner Bros.

Nowadays we could use a good salve. To paraphrase another gospel standard, if we ever needed this film before, we sure do need it now.

A video essay about Mortal Engines, as part of Scout Tafoya's ongoing video essay series on maligned masterpieces. This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. Now [Paramount] had a problem in the previews with people laughing at the sound. The producers wanted the sound changed.

The only thing I could do about the curse of the bagpipes was put in a cue.

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It starts where there's a pause as Kirk's talking — ' Of all the people I have met in my travels, he is the most Human. I had this strange chord that hangs over the whole scene; it did quite a bit, but doesn't solve the problem completely, because you still get people laughing at the bagpipes. It was, perhaps, a slight miscalculation, but it's one of those things that you're not going to know if it works until you do it with an audience. According to producer Harve Bennett , " Paramount's most nervousness concerned the bagpipes.