You Do It!
Real Music Folk Playing Hymns

Now that you've seen what's on this site, we'd like to see and hear your music. Make a video of your playing and/or singing, post it on Youtube, and send us the link. We'll post your contribution here. Don't wait until you sound "professional." This site is for ordinary folk. Send us a video now and another one next year so we can watch your progress.



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Polly Webster of Granton, Wisconsin, plays accordion on "I Saw the Light" with her group at a local nursing home. The rest of the group includes Tia Ausborne and Cathy Winter on vocals, with Margaret Fisher playing the keyboard. Thanks for sharing!



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Harold Taylor of Kingston, Oklahoma, plays "Palms of Victory." It's great to see people learning the music provided on this site. Thanks, and keep up the good work, Harold!



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From Indiana, Edgar and Brenda sing "Hold Fast to the Right," a song recorded by Dollie Parton and often attributed to A. P. Carter. The song was actually written by blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby in 1878. The orginal title was "The Mother' s Goodbye."

Thanks, Edgar and Brenda!



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Cody Johnson of Corsicana, Texas, playing clawhammer banjo on "I've Got Peace Like a River". The dogs appreciate the music!

Cody requested the song; I posted it; he learned it and shared it with us. I love it! That's the way this site is meant to work! Thanks, Cody!



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Whitney Komenas of Pinebluff, North Carolina, requested that we add "What Wondrous Love Is This" to the site. When we did, she sent us this video of her playing it on the mandolin. Thanks, Whitney! Wish more folk using the site would do the same. :)



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Aaron in Oklahoma demonstrates how he uses his folk harp to accompany himself as he sings "The Gloryland Way." Thanks, Aaron!



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Thanks to Noah in West Virginia for this video of him playing our national anthem. I think we can expect to see great things from him. Here's what he says about the video:

"My name is Noah Boyd. I am 14 and I have been playing stringed instruments for 5 years. I started on the mandolin until a few months ago when I got my 12 stringed guitar. I play it very often at church where many other young people play their stringed instruments for the glory of God. This website has been a wonderful help to me as I learn songs faster and easier. This is one of the many songs that I learned from this website. I hope you enjoy!"



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Harold Taylor of Kingston, Oklahoma, plays "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and says "Thanks ever so much for the site. Without sites like yours, people like me could not play and make music." Harold hopes that seeing his video with encourage others to submit theirs. Why not take the challenge and show us what you are doing? Thanks, Harold!



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Linda Huber, autoharpist from Pennsylvania, contributed this rousing version of "Gospel Ship" She describes their little group, "Accidental Harmony," as "multi-generational." They have an regular gig playing Christmas music at a church banquet once a year, but get together whenever they can to make music. Thanks for sharing!


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Here's Chris Blood of Taylorville, Illinois, picking "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" on his banjo. You'll want to check out Chris's website with videos and ukulele tab.



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Paloma Terrazas sings the traditional gospel tune "Deep and Wide." She is accompanied by her dad, Guille, on piano. The Terrazas family are Serge missionaries serving in Malaga, Spain. Thanks to Guille and Paloma for sharing this precious video!



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Robby Stanley combines art, music,and history in this unique presentation of "It Is Well With My Soul." This is his entry in a ukulele contest. Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest! Check out more of his work on his Youtube channel under the name "Ukulelerobby."



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James Barham of Gilmer, Texas, plays "We Shall Meet One Day." This is another one I hadn't heard before. It was written by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885–1987), a Church of Christ minister in Texas.

Thanks for sharing, James!


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Aaron in Oklahoma sends us his banjo version of "Fill My Way With Love". The hymn was written by George W. Sebren, a member of the Vaughan Quartet, formed in 1910 and considered to be the first southern gospel quartet. A great song, but one I wasn't familiar with. Thanks for sharing, Aaron. I'll try to get the sheet music to it up soon. (Nice picking, by the way!)

Fill My Way With Love
George W. Sebren

Let me walk, blessed Lord, in the way Thou hast gone,
Leading straight to the land above;
Giving cheer everywhere to the sad and the lone,
Fill my way every day with love.

REFRAIN:
Fill my way every day with love,
As I walk with the heav'nly Dove;
Let me go all the while with a song and a smile,
Fill my way every day with love.

Keep me close to the side of my Saviour and guide,
Let me never in darkness rove;
Keep my path free from wrath and my soul satisfied,
Fill my way every day with love.

Soon this race will be o'er and I'll travel no more,
But abide in my home above;
Let me sing, blessed King, all the way to that shore,
Fill my way every day with love.


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A big "Thanks!" to Harpin' John Whittington in Amarillo, Texas, USA, for sending us our first contribution from them that's doin' it!

John plays "Uncloudy Day" on 12-string guitar and harmonica.


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