“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present thing, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
Every once in a while I get a crazy/fun idea. The last few weeks was one of those times. I decided that I would try to find the “best” version of the song Amazing Grace. I sat down with my phone and our streaming service and started listening. I wasn’t alone, my son, Benedict helped out and the rest of the house tolerated my quirky quest.
First, we narrowed it down to 100 songs, then down to a top 20 and then we put that top 20 in order. It was a fun process and I learned, there are a lot of great versions of this popular song. I also learned about music and style through comparing different versions of the same song. Believe it or not, I’m still not sick of it.
Here are my top 10 in order from #10 to #1. All of these are great and worth listening to over and over again. I also have three instrumental versions that are favorites that I list below as well.
10. Andrea Boccelli, Live in Central Park 2011 (effortless singing)
9. Ralph Stanley (Traditional Bluegrass)
8. Alan Jackson (beautiful bass)
7. Reba McEntire (Powerful female country vocals sung simply)
6. Judy Collins and the Global Virtual Choir (amazing soprano)
5. The Statler Brothers (Christian Barbershop with amazing vocals)
4. Selah (Incredible Gospel and Blues style)
3. LeAnn Rimes (solo acapella – fantastic)
2. Gaither Vocal Band (powerful harmonies, each verses with a unique interpretation)
1. BYU Noteworthy (Wow!)
Incredible instrumental versions
3. Grace Kelly (jazz saxophone)
2. Bow and Ivory (violin and piano duet)
1. Joshua Bell and Friends (Double Wow!)
I’m considering a quest for the best Ave Maria next… any other suggestions?
Parish Pastoral Leader