Voice only: “Hallelujah, praise Jehovah”, “Valley of Heaven” and shape notes


welcome to Voice only, where we scour the internet to bring you an excellent a cappella.

I have some classic form notes for you this week. First, an interpretation of the congregation “Hallelujah, praise Jehovah” of the Kennedy Heights Church of Christ in Cincinnati.

Can anyone name the leader of the song? He’s really good. Post in the comments if you know.

I also found this version of the Harding University Choir in a collection produced by His Dallas Christian. (He was once one of our best advertising clients. We miss them!)

There is no real video here, but the sound is excellent.

Finally, here is a superb interpretation of “Paradise Valley” by Legacy Music Editing.

According to its website, Legacy was founded in 2010 to carry on the legacy (hence the name) of Mr. Lynwood Smith (1924-2007), who was “a gospel preacher, prolific songwriter and publisher. long-standing hymns and other religious materials. … We mainly provide musical resources to churches and individuals, with an emphasis on the method of musical notation of formed notes (do, re, mi). We also offer Bible study aids to help with church work and gospel teaching.

(Are these “shape notes” or “shape notes?” Now I’m confused.)

Either way, the four part harmony here is amazing.

I don’t know the whole story of Brother Smith, so I went into a den of videos about his life and his compositions. These are some interesting things that I will share in an upcoming episode of Voices Only. Stay tuned!

What’s your favorite a cappella song? Send us a video link and a short description of what the song means to you. We may use your selection in a future Voices Only.

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