CD REVIEW: Music for the the ADHD Brain: A TREASURY OF HYMNS

CD REVIEW: Music for the the ADHD Brain: A TREASURY OF HYMNS

Ralph Carmichael, Conductor and Arranger, London Symphony Orchestra and Choir (2004)

This is an exceptional CD of treasured hymns all arranged by the incredible Ralph Carmichael.  Carmichael was very well known in the 1950s, and through the 1970s; in the’50s Ralph worked with Capital Records and wrote arrangements for Nat King Cole.

If you want to know more about Carmichael, check out my book, in (Chapter 13: Praise Bands, Jesus Rock and Contemporary Worship) I interviewed Ralph in the early 90s. This CD, for me, brings “stability” as I was a child raised in the church and hymns were a part of my musical training, as well as learning the lyrics of these “traditional hymns.”

These hymns provide such a strong foundation for my faith.  Musically, you can’t get anyone better to listen to or enjoy than Carmichael’s arrangements. This CD details such favourites such as: “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, “Jesus Shall Reign”, “And Can It Be That I Should Gain” (this piece is one of my favourites due to the bass part), “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Just As I Am”. 

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