Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee


Known officially as The Hymn of Joy (often called Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee after the first line) is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907. But the most important note on this song, is that it was his desire to set the poem to the famous “Ode to Joy” melody, which is the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony, Symphony No. 9.



Ah, Beethoven! But many these days are not aware that is where this tune originated. As a music major in college, I studied and practiced classical music all day—every day. This hymn is one that just brings a smile to your face and a joy to your heart. God’s creation is so unique, fascinating, and simply stunningly brilliant, and what better way to celebrate it and praise him, than through music. This song was not an easy one to record. I really had to work at it and to concentrate. I was honored when my buddy, Bonnie, had me fly out to California for her wedding. She specifically requested this song. I believe she walked down the aisle to it as I sang! It was stunning and I was honored to be a part. We recorded this one in a light and airy style arrangement. I was intrigued by the choice as I truly felt it reflected the heart of the message–Joy!



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