I remember the day Wendell approached Andrew Litke and me with this retune he wrote during a lull in one of our "Hymns & Friends" recording sessions in his DC apartment. He sat down and started to play it and I fell in love with it and introduced it to the church almost immediately. He had already just finished a recording of it for a compilation album, but I thought that since we made it our own at my church, we would record it too.
We recorded this in Wendell's DC apartment.
Hosanna to the Prince of Light
Text: Isaac Watts (1707-9); Tune & Arrangement: Wendell Kimbrough.
Hosanna to the Prince of Light, that clothed himself in clay;
Entered the iron gates of death, and tore the bars away!
Death no more is the king of dread, since our Savior rose;
He took Satan's sting away, and spoiled our ancient foe.
See how the Conqu'er mounts aloft, and to his Father flies,
With scars of honor in his flesh and triumph in his eyes.
There, our Savior exalted reigns, blessings he scatters down;
Jesus sits at the Father's throne and wears the heav'nly crown.
Lift up your voices mortal tongues, to reach his blessed home;
Sweet is the music of your songs to our incarnate God.
Angels strike your loudest strings, sweet your voices raise;
Heav'n and all creation sings to join our Savior's praise!
from A Kindling Glance
released March 16, 2016
Vocals & guitar: Andy Zipf
Percussion & guitar: Wendell Kimbrough
Cello & arrangements: Andrew Litke
Violin & arrangements: Paige Cunningham
Backing vocals: Rachel Wilhelm
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