Rodney Barbour played an organ concert at the church last year to another excited crowd and this year was not any different, said Gary Thompson, the church’s regular organist. Taylor said he wanted to thank Seal Keyworks in Brentwodd, Tenn. for helping to pay to get Barbour to come for his second concert there. Barbour explained that he had preprogrammed all the orchestral sounds they were about to hear ahead of time. The first song he played was “Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus.”
“I like it because it asks us to do something,” he said.
Barbour played the stirring song and gave the audience the signal when he wanted them to stand up and sing. After that, he played “Praise the Lord Almighty,” which he said was in the form of a processional.
“It’s like we’re leaving the world and all the things we do out there and coming into this holy place,” he said.
Barbour told the audience that one reason he loved hymns is that they take one to different places and times. He said this as an introduction to “All Creatures of Our God and King,” which he said was written by St. Francis wrote in the 15th century. Before playing the hymn, he talked about going to Land Between the Lakes and paying $5 to see the bison and only seeing one. He saw a few other “God’s creatures,” and said he tried to take a picture of both a wild turkey and a deer, but a car scared them away each time. Before playing the song, he told the audience to pay attention to the contrast of loud and soft, harmony and melody, which mirrors the contrast god created in the world. He also played “The Good Shepherd,” which he said was pastoral in nature.
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