God has gifted The Salvation Army with great poets who have a unique ability to express in words some of our deepest emotions, desires, devotion and love for God, which many of us would struggle to do without their special talents. As well, The Song Book of The Salvation Army is a repository containing much of our doctrinal teaching, making it an essential tool for the development of our faith. It is sad when we no longer know or use some of our great songs that are taken up by other denominations. I think in a world of shifting values, our song book is more than relevant in reaffirming our beliefs and nurturing our faith. I also discussed it at length with my closest and most senior advisers, and then sought feedback from throughout the Army world.
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God has gifted The Salvation Army with great poets who have a unique ability to express in words some of our deepest emotions, desires, devotion and love for God, which many of us would struggle to do without their special talents. As well, The Song Book of The Salvation Army is a repository containing much of our doctrinal teaching, making it an essential tool for the development of our faith. It is sad when we no longer know or use some of our great songs that are taken up by other denominations.
I think in a world of shifting values, our song book is more than relevant in reaffirming our beliefs and nurturing our faith. I also discussed it at length with my closest and most senior advisers, and then sought feedback from throughout the Army world.
The Band Tune Book of The Salvation Army Having decided to move ahead with the project, suggestions were then sought about which new songs to include. At the same time, the Song Book Council needed to decide which songs from the song book to omit. Work on the new edition, particularly song selection, was well under way when he handed oversight of this task to his successor.
A key goal for the Song Book Council was to make the new edition as user-friendly as possible. This has seen the addition of new features, such as key Bible references above every song.
An index to those references is included to further assist leaders in worship planning. In addition to piano and brass music for all songs, guitar chords are included for the first time, along with suggested introductions for every tune. Parts are provided in concert pitch and in the key of F, and some tunes have been brought down in pitch so they are easier to sing.
The previous song book contained songs and choruses. He has worked closely with Andrew Blyth, assistant territorial music director of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, the music ministries unit of that territory and other musical arrangers. Their aim was to provide easier and more accessible accompaniments that assist congregations to worship God, and to ensure the musical settings did not detract from song lyrics.
As well as his own musical background—which includes serving as territorial music secretary in New Zealand and as national bandmaster, head of music editorial and territorial music secretary in the United Kingdom—Lt-Colonel Davis has a deep personal appreciation of the song book.
However, from the tune book side of things, the song book has been prepared by a group of competent people who have done this with integrity and skill, not to mention extreme dedication. Andrew joined the music editorial department in the United Kingdom at 18, becoming a member of the International Staff Band the same year. Of course, its music appeals to me, but I have also seen the Army at work in areas of social need and during times of disaster.
He says that although a number of arrangements are used in the tune book, new arrangements were still required, taking around two years to complete. The editing and proofing of the music was a mammoth task, with more than 20, separate parts to read. And although brass arrangements are provided for all songs, he cautions that some songs are not ideally suited to brass band accompaniment.
For those counting the cost of upgrading to the new song book, General Cox recommends it as a worthwhile investment. That copy has been with me for almost 30 years now and the pages are well turned, so I guess that was good value for money! And it certainly has been with me through some personally difficult times. Some details concerning the song book may differ in other territories. Is this song book significantly different from the previous version?
There is a significant increase in the number of songs included in the new song book. Is there a list or index of the new songs? Click to download the official list of songs. When will I be able to receive my new song books?
The new song book will not be available for purchase until after the Boundless international congress. We are therefore expecting delivery to the Supplies and Purchasing Department in mid- to late-August and will begin our distribution immediately following.
There was a delay in the production of the North American version. Why has the new song book been delayed? There were a number of issues that delayed this project. Securing copyright permissions was one of the greatest sources of delay for this project and is, in part, why we have not been able to provide an official list of the songs that will be in the new song book.
Why are you asking for an order so early if it is not being released in July and so few details are currently known? Preliminary orders for the tune books were placed in November, and preliminary orders for the words editions were submitted in January.
Early ordering and pricing are now finished. The Supplies and Purchasing Department will continue to take orders for the mid-fall delivery at full price. Will an electronic version be available? We are able to confirm that International Headquarters IHQ has said that there will be an electronic version of the song book. At this point, we do not know in what form, how it will be distributed or the related costs.
The electronic version will not be available at the same time as the hard copies and may take several months to be completed. Will the new song book be available in PowerPoint? We have been told that it will be, but we have no further details on this and do not know when or at what cost.
As soon as we have further details, we will let everyone know. Is there going to be a North American version of the song book? Yes, and this is the version that we will be carrying. There will not be an American supplement or chorus section as these will now be included throughout the entire song book.
Pricing for the song book has been updated. Why are there two piano tune books? There has been a significant increase in the number of songs included and this is reflected in the number of pages required for the tune book.
New parts have been added to the musical accompaniment. This will allow for the inclusion of other instruments in the worship experience as required. What is the deadline for placing my initial order? The initial deadlines were as follows: November 29, , for tune books, and January 2, , for songs books.
The Supplies and Purchasing Department will continue to take orders for the second round of delivery in fall What is the currency on the form?
The original form came from the United Kingdom, and the forms have been updated to remove all references to the British pound. The price is listed in Canadian dollars. If you are looking to make a bulk purchase, please contact the Supplies and Purchasing Department for a bulk order form. What will be books look like? Front cover images have been included in this article. Please note that the final product may be different from these images. Will there be a large-print version available?
Pricing and order information have been included in an updated order form. Can I charge my new song book to my corps or ministry unit?
Local ministry units are responsible for the cost of the song books they order for their use. Songs books for personal use are a personal cost.
Yes, there will be hard-cover and soft-cover editions. Please note that this product is currently delayed and no estimated shipping date is known. Do I have to order supplies for my ministry unit?
Who is responsible for the cost of the new song book? It is the local responsibility of each ministry unit to budget for the minimum cost of the new song book and tune book. Do divisional headquarters and territorial headquarters departments have to buy a song book?
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