Charles Albert Tindley was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a founding figure in American gospel music. Born in Berlin, Maryland, in 1851, he died as pastor of a 12,500 member congregation in Philadelphia. He also wrote the words and music to dozens of gospel hymns, including five published in the current United Methodist Hymnal and others found in the Songs of Zion songbook. In welcoming the celebration, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, executive director of BMCR, noted that Tindley was "one of the greatest preachers of his day."
Tindley's work is highly relevant to the contemporary church, according to the Rev. Dr. ST Kimbrough, who heads both the Mission Evangelism Office and the Global Praise Program of the General Board of Global Ministries. "His imagery, biblical allusions, and folk expressions are those with which African Americans may readily identify; and yet, his hymns have reached far beyond one group of people to the larger Christian community."
"Beams of Heaven as I Go" and "We'll Understand it Better By and By" are two of the hymns by Tindley in the United Methodist Hymnal. The CD will feature 75 minutes of Tindley hymns in diverse styles. The songbook will be the first major collection of his words and music in 60 years.
1. Ritsch, Ratsch, Filibom (Sweden) : mp3 wma
2. Dormi, Dormi, O Bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep, My Darling Baby): mp3 wma
3. Da Droben Vom Berge (From The Mountain...) : mp3 wma
4. Betelehemu (Bethlehem) : mp3 wma
5. El Noi De La Mare (Mama's Boy: mp3 wma
6. Children Go Where I Send Thee: mp3 wma
7. Poor Little Jesus: mp3 wma
8. La Trulla (The Caroling): mp3 wma
9. Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming) : mp3 wma
10. Ecoutons Donc Les Aubades (Let Us Listen To The Morning Songs):
11. In The Valley: mp3 wma
12. Lina Avatara (He Chose Birth Among Us): mp3 wma
13. Huron Carol: mp3 wma
14. A La Nanita Nana (Sleep Now, You Little Sleepyhead): mp3 wma
15. Miladuka (Thy Nativity): mp3 wma
16. When the storms of life are raging: mp3 wma
17. We are often tossed and driven: mp3 wma