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The 'sweet sound' touched a heart

A multi-national group of secular singers sung 'uninspired' praise, yet God's Amazing Grace touched the heart of at least one hurting soul.

The following is a message posted on YouTube in response to the video below -


i have 2 admit, i? was never the person who cared about songs like this. The 1st time i heard this song, i was 12. My life has been hard & i dont find joy in many things. When i clicked on this song, i was just bored * looking 4 entertainment.

The 1st 10 secs had me crying & (i know this might sound weird) but everything around me got brighter. i rly like this song now & im happy i clicked on this vid[eo].


[For the 'Scottish' contribution see 2.13 on the timeline]

Amazing Grace

piper"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

Click here for a short video of an instrumental version with bagpipes and massed bands playing in Moscow.

Il Divo ("divine male performer" in Italian) is a multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager, executive, and reality TV star Simon Cowell.
The idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Cowell after hearing fernando lugo singing Con te partirò while watching The Sopranos.
Aware of this new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, Cowell decided to form a multinational quartet that tried to recreate the style of The Three Tenors.

Cowell conducted a worldwide search for young singers who were willing to embark on the Il Divo project, which lasted two years, from 2001 until December 2003, when the fourth member of Il Divo, was signed.

The group comprises four male singers: Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller, and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard.

Pula Colosseum
The above video was shot in the Pula Colosseum (Arena) is a Roman amphitheatre in Croatia.
pula colosseum

Christians Together, 22/05/2011

Penny Lee 21/05/2011 14:51
This reminds me of the debate we had last year as to whether spiritual songs had any impact when sung by non Christians. The above would appear to confirm my belief that it doesn't matter who is singing the song, it is the words that have the impact, not the singers.
Martin Lisemore 21/05/2011 23:04
Words yes, but more important surely is the state of the heart, and the soul, singing the words ...

Just about every state occasion we sing Jerusalem - a godless, uninspired text by demoniac Blake (just look at his art) set to grand music. Yet it's sung with gusto and fervour - just witness the latest royal wedding. And the W.I., it's their anthem. Yet the song, for that's what it is, is meaningless.
Penny Lee 21/05/2011 23:56
The example you give is the reverse of the initial one - meaningless words sung with gusto. Despite the gusto, they are not going to stir the soul. People sing football songs with gusto and enthusiasm - it doesn't mean a thing.

However, hymns like Amazing Grace, even sung by a drunk in the street, can have an impact on the listener because the words speak to our deepest spiritual need.

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