Greetings from Nashville, Hymn Nerds!

•January 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Hi everyone. How are you? Currently I’m enjoying a rare couple of weeks home in Nashville. I spend most of my days off writing music, laughing with my wife and watching Woody Allen films over and over. It’s wonderful. As of today it has now been three years since I’ve written a  hymn. That’s quite a change of pace from the 30 or so my friends and I used to write every year. We (Red Mountain Music) never saw hymn writing as any kind of competition, we were genuinely so excited about bringing that old poetry to life. It felt like we were all really onto something special. That work brought us into enduring relationships and friendships that stretch across the world. While it seems that my hymn-writing days are still (increasingly far) behind me, I look upon that time with great fondness and pride.

Of course I still have many more (around 100) unreleased hymns to record when I get around to it. Having turned thirty a few months ago, it seems that time is rushing all around and past me at alarming speeds. I’ve spent some time today making sure that every broken link on this page is now working. Any song available here should lead you to both an mp3 and a chord chart/lead sheet. I’d like to again make the entire Red Mountain Music songbook available for free download here. If you have any problems or questions feel free to e-mail me, your friendly ex-hymn-writer, and I’ll do what I can to get you what you need.

It’s been an honor to hear the many stories about how these songs have found their way into your churches and Bible studies and mission trips. To hear of the ways these songs connect you to your faith and the history it was forged in. It’s an odd thing to sing words written hundreds of years ago by men and women both alien and not so different from us.I travel nearly half the year making music with other beautiful and talented folks. If you’d like to keep up with that you can visit my new website Clint Wells Music for tour dates, tour diaries, photos and news about the records I’m working on. You can even hear the original music I’ve been excitedly writing for the past three years, although it is quite different and a bit more explicit than my work with hymns.

Wherever you are I hope you’re well and growing. I hope you’re listening to new music and reading new books. I hope you’re watching films that challenge you and that you are never afraid of new ideas or criticism. These last five years of questioning everything I thought was true have been the happiest and most fulfilling of my life. Here’s to the next ten years. See you on the journey.

Clint Wells

clintmwells@gmail.com

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Red Mountain Music Songbook

•May 15, 2013 • 4 Comments

The link below should give you a full download of our entire songbook. If for whatever reason that does not work then contact me and I will e-mail it to you.  Just like our ancestors did 250,000 years ago. Take care.

Complete RMM Songbook

clintmwells@gmail.com

How Sweet To Wait

•June 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s been brought to my attention that our songbook is missing the chord/lead sheet for our song, “How Sweet to Wait.” You can find both at the links below. Enjoy.

How Sweet to Wait (chord chart)

How Sweet to Wait (lead sheet)

CW

Bread of the World

•November 22, 2011 • 2 Comments

Greetings hymn nerds. Today Bruce Benedict of Cardiphonia released a new album of hymn re-writes inspired by the Lord’s Supper. Along with several other musicians around the country I was invited to give one of these texts a shot. You can stream it below and the link should allow you to purchase it as well. If you need a chord chart just shoot me a message and I’ll get it to you.

I suppose this is a good time to talk about hymn writing. I’ve been writing hymns for almost ten years. When I first met Brian and began attending Red Mountain the idea of re-writing hymns was foreign to me. As I began to familiarize myself with the work of Christopher Miner and dive in to some of the ancient hymn writers I was compelled by the force of the language of those texts. I started writing my own hymns in 2003 and from then on many of them found their home on the Red Mountain records that Brian and I produced. Over the last several years I have written over a hundred hymns. Many of them lie forgotten on my iPod. Originally this page was dedicated to releasing all of those unrecorded songs. That goal remains but it’s become less of a priority as I spend most of my time out on the road playing guitar for other artists.

Those of you who know me know that although writing hymns is dear to my heart creatively, it’s something that I’ve lost a lot of interest in. These days it seems that I only write hymns when people specifically ask me to. I think my days of pouring through ancient hymnals are, for the most part, behind me. Having said that, I still enjoy the challenge when someone has a text they’d like me to try and put music to. This seems to be happening more and more. Ironically, the last batch of hymns I wrote for the final Red Mountain record, All Things New, was my best batch. And some of these new songs, including the one above, are the best I’ve written.

I don’t know what all of this means, really. So I’ll just end by saying that there is something wonderfully mysterious about singing songs with people. I don’t care what you do or don’t believe (and I’ll appreciate the same courtesy) but I’m really proud to have contributed to projects that encourage people to sing together.

This new song intentionally doesn’t have a chorus. Instead there are just a few “sha la la’s” where a chorus should be. I don’t have the audacity to add my own words to these great texts and, well, sometimes there are no words.

Hope you are all well. Lots of hugs and kisses and pizza to you all.

Bread of the World

Clint Wells

No Longer Visible

•June 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hey folks. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve contributed a brand new hymn to a project organized by my new buddy, Cardiphonia. It’s called Pentecost Songs and it features a bunch of very cool hymnwriters from all over the country. It’s also FREE. My submission is called No Longer Visible and you can listen to it below. Hope you all like it and that you’re all making your way through the days with kindness and grace.

No Longer Visible
mp3 ¦ chord chart

In the Secret of His Presence

•March 29, 2011 • 4 Comments

The Lord Forever Mine (live)

•March 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment