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Playlist for an Old Soldier | Gospel

Updated on March 16, 2011

This series would not be complete without covering my gospel favorites. There is much truth to the old adage that there are no atheists in foxholes. Having said that, I also feel compelled to mention, for those who may not know me well, I’ m not one who wears my faith on my sleeve. I have an abiding respect for all of the faiths including but not limited to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Buddhists, and the list could go on…. In my view it’s how one lives ones beliefs that counts.

I think you’ll find an interesting range of songs here all that speak something to me about my faith and how I’ve tried to live it. I hope you enjoy them

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Battle Hymn of the Republic

This song had to be written or heavily influenced by an infantryman, only someone who rucked for 10-20 miles a day would bother to mention his feet (not to mention call them jubilant) at the call of the trumpet.

“He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!

Our God is marching on.”

The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled

The title really says it all and George Straight really allows the rhyme and meter of poetry and music fit the trail as well.

Rough Side of the Mountain

Rough Side of the Mountain

Bishop F.C Barnes and Rev Janice Brown combined for many Gospel hits in the early 80’s, Rough side was a number one hit on the Gospel Charts for over a year and has sold well over 500,000 copies. It speaks I think to the sinner in all of us, and how we face life’s moral obstacles. I see it saying to the Lord Here I come! I may be slow I may take longer, I may have chosen a tougher path but rest assured I’m coming Up!

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Louis does it short and I think best.

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

I couldn’t identify when exactly Martina released this song but I think it is her best work and really does justice to the emotions in the words.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

This has been a favorite of mine since Sunday School days. I’ve included male and female versions because for me they bring out two different feelings about the anticipated day. The slower sweeter lyrics of Ms Battle are soothing, while Johnny Cash’s up tempo resonates the anticipation of the great and final day when I can board the chariot and head for the house…

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    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Chris- Thanks for dropping by good to see ya lad, I'm gonna expedite Arlo for you and Mega then! Have a good one my friend!

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I like this hub, but I cant wait to see you do Arlo.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Mega - Thanks for stopping by! I have plans for Arlo Guthrie as I do like his stuff but I've never thought of it as Gospel, I figure he fits in better with Joan Baez and Frank Zappa, That's a future hub coming soon.

      We think more alike than you know since right behind his feet an Old Soldier would be smelling those beans five miles out and start the quick time!

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      mega1 

      7 years ago

      Hmr - if you've never had jubilant feet, you haven't hiked 20 miles and found yourself finally within a mile of your little cabin in the mountains where a pot of chili beans awaits! Of course, I can't speak for soldiers but I wish you had included Arlo Guthrie's famous anthems here - a bit ironical for a soldier to be humming "Alice's Restaurant" but it has been known to happen! Rough Side of the Mountain is a new one for me but I really like it.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Dusty - you'd have been a good scout lad, watch, listen, and learn, then act according to the intel... Glad you like the tunes my friend.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Hammer, I been listening along with you, but this struck a chord with your opening statement and accepting others. When I'm introduced into a new circle of folks I watch and listen, I never have made a point to find ones religion, their actions speak to their spirituality more than their words ever could, my friends know where I stand and I don't know where all of them stand, but I have a good idea.

      Great tunes, dust

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Tom- I like Elvis too and his version of Swing Low Sweet Chariot almost was on the list but I think Johnny Cash's was just a little bit better but I can listen to Elvis's all say Thanks!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Pop - So gald to hear that you enjoy them, Thanks!

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1,

      Great selection of Gospel music. I was a particular fan of Elvis' gospel music. I also loved Mahalia Jackson!!!!!!!!!

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I love these hubs, Hmrjmr. They really speak to something deep inside me. Thumbs up!

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