Friday, December 1, 2017

Examples Of Standard Renditions & African American Gospelized Renditions Of The Late 19th Century Christian Hymn "When We All Get To Heaven"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases two "standard" renditions of the late 19th century Christian hymn "When We All Get To Heaven" and six African American gospelized renditions of that Christian hymn.

"Gospelized" is a term that I coined that means "performing traditional Christian hymns in an African American gospel style". Note that there are more than one "African American gospel styles". However, African American gospelized hymns are almost always sung with a faster tempo than the standard version. Or the tune is "jazzed" up -The sung is played and sung funkier than the standard version.

Also, African American gospelized versions of standard Christian hymns are almost always sung with percussive hand clapping and sometimes also percussive foot stomping. Like other African American gospel songs, gospelized hymns are usually always accompanied by musicians playing a piano (or keyboard), an organ, and snare drums. Electric guitars may also be played during these gospelized renditions. In addition, African American gospelized hymns often include interjections such as "Oh", "Well" and "Yes", particularly in the beginning of the lines for these songs' choruses (also known as "refrains"). These gospelized renditions of traditional Christian hymns also often are sung in call and response patterns and include riffs and/or other lyrics in addition to or in substitution for some of the standard lyrics for these Christian hymns.

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Thanks to Eliza E. Hewitt, the composer of this song (In 1898)* and thanks to all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

Example #1: When We All Get to Heaven - Congregational Hymn

Faith for the Family, Published on Sep 8, 2014

Listen to this hymn given at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee.

Example #2: When We All Get To Heaven

greatervisionmusic, Published on Aug 24, 2015

From the "Gospel Music Hymn Sing" DVD ©2014 Gospel Music Hymn Sing Foundation. All rights reserved.

St. James Adult Choir - When We All Get To Heaven

Marcel West, Published on Jan 15, 2009

Example #2: "When We All Get To heaven" Clara Ward & The Clara Ward Singers

Old School Gospel Channel, Published on Oct 7, 2009

"When We All Get To heaven" Clara Ward & The Clara Ward Singers.I want to dedicate this video to all of my you tube friends and subscribers.The Clara Ward Singers are one of my favorite female gospel group. I know I took it back some years on this song,but this is my song."When We All Get To Heaven"we will sing and shout.I have some love one's I want to see but most of all I want to see "Jesus"

Example #3: When We All Get to Heaven

nicechaos, Published on Oct 18, 2009

Example #4: When We All Get To Heaven!

First Missionary Baptist Church Southern Pines, NC, Published on Mar 13, 2012

Bonus video from Pastor and First Lady's 22nd Pastoral Anniversary service. Enjoy!

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He'll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav'ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.


Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.


Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we'll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

(Repeat refrain)

Example #5: Chris Turner - When We All Get To Heaven

humbleisdaway, Published on Aug 24, 2012

Example #6: When we all get to heaven

Quincy J. Dover, Published on May 1, 2016

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Brooklyn's 11 AM congregation singing this well known hymn at the end of communion on May 1, 2016.

Quincy J. Dover, Organist

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