Carl P., Jr. Daw

Carl P. Daw, Jr. (hymnsoc@bu.edu) is executive director of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and is one of the most respected hymn text writers in North America; his texts are found in most current hymnals. Before his current appointment he served as a parsih priest, professor of English, and university chaplain. His latest published collection of hymns is New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Hope).

 

Articles by this author:

  • Singing the Shepherd Psalm

    Part 3 of Three Articles on Psalm 23

    The following article, though not typical for Reformed Worship, is well worth spending some time on. Pastors, musicians, and worship planners alike can benefit from considering the pairing of text and tune and the challenges that arise from a plethora of choices. In addition, several denominations are in the process of developing new hymnbooks for congregational song. This series of articles provides a glimpse of some of the detailed discussions that take place when considering the pairing of texts and tunes.

    —JB

  • Singing the Shepherd Psalm

    Part 2 of 3 Articles on Psalm 23

    The following article, though not typical for Reformed Worship, is well worth spending some time on. Pastors, musicians, and worship planners alike can benefit from considering the pairing of text and tune and the challenges that arise from a plethora of choices. In addition, several denominations are in the process of developing new hymnbooks for congregational song. This series of articles provide a peek into some of the detailed discussions that take place when considering the pairing of texts and tunes.

    —JB

  • Singing the Shepherd Psalm

    Part 1 of 3

    The following article, along with parts 2 and 3 to be published in later issues, though not typical for Reformed Worship, is well worth spending some time on. Pastors, musicians, and worship planners alike can benefit from considering the pairing of text and tune and the challenges that arise from a plethora of choices. In addition, several denominations are in the process of developing new hymnbooks for congregational song.

  • Singing Our Way from Ascension to Pentecost

    Few events in the life of Christ are as underappreciated as the Ascension. We often become so concerned about how to picture it that we do not move on to consider its significance. In fact, trying too hard to imagine or depict the Ascension can result in images that reduce Jesus to a kind of person-shaped rocketship blasting off for points unknown. Nor is this a new problem. Numerous chapels dedicated to the Ascension in European cathedrals have sculpted ceiling designs that feature a pair of stone feet dangling out of a stone cloud.