Halls & Hymns

TODAY’S VIDEO: “AMAZING GRACE”

Filmed in Birmingham England, “Halls & Hymns” is an acoustic series of hymns presented by The Toro Brothers

Behind The Video:
“…the truth and depth of lyrics within a hymn is powerful. We grew up singing these songs at the church.
Interestingly, as adults, we’ve found that wherever we’re traveling, whatever situation we’re in; difficult or enjoyable, these songs keep coming back to us.

So our hope was to present them in a simple way;
One guitar, two mics, one take each song, film and edit the video live, no second chances! It would keep a level of reality in the music.

The reason for the location…the larger thought behind singing them in a common place like a hallway was both practical and metaphorical. Practically, hallways have great resonance. Resonance is important in acoustic music. Also, hallways are places you’re usually just passing through, similar to our lives. That’s the metaphor. Singing the truth while you’re passing through.”
-Luis Toro

“Amazing Grace“
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VIDEO 6 OF 6 | AMAZING GRACE
VIDEO 1 OF 6 | I SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Hey Friends, we have a new video series, with a new song coming out every day this week!

It’s called “HALLS & HYMNS”.

Today’s song is “I Shall Not Be Moved”.

Hope you enjoy! God bless.

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VIDEO 2 OF 6 | GOD’S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN

Although this song isn’t traditionally considered a hymn, we felt the lyrics coupled with Johnny Cash’s recording of it, speaks with a similar conviction & authority found in many warnings from God to His people in the Old & New Testament.

Because of that, we felt it could be included among the catalogue of songs covered.

We’ll never be as good as Johnny Cash, but we hope you enjoy our rendition of this song anyway!

Thanks for listening!

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VIDEO 3 OF 6 | THERE’S POWER IN THE BLOOD

If you look in the New Testament book of Revelation, in chapter 7 verses 13-17 you’ll find the basis for this song (specifically v. 14).

It was written by Lewis E. Jones in 1899; since then this song has been sung by countless people. Including many of the Toro children (who are also nearly countless!).

A few months ago before bedtime my youngest son asked to sing “Butter On The Bread”…We had no idea what he was talking about. 

It wasn’t until after going through a few possibilities of what he might be asking for, I started playing my guitar and singing There’s Power In The Blood. He yelled “Yea, that one! Butter on the bread!” 

Since then “Butter On The Bread”, formerly known as There’s Power In The Blood, has become a regular song for the kids before bedtime. 

We hope you enjoy what you hear. As always, thanks for listening!

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VIDEO 4 OF 6 | I’LL FLY AWAY

In 1929, at just 24 years old, Albert E. Brumley composed “I’ll Fly Away.” He recalled that he was picking cotton in rural Oklahoma and singing a popular song, “If I Had the Wings of an Angel.” Suddenly, he thought about flying away.

He later said, “Actually, I was dreaming of flying away from that hard work in the cotton field when I wrote ‘I’ll Fly Away.’”

Interestingly, the song almost never made it further than Brumley’s pen and paper.

In 1931, while teaching at a singing school in Powell, Missouri, Brumley met Goldie Edith Schell. They were married shortly after. 

Although he had been writing songs since 17, he had done nothing with them. Goldie encouraged him to send his manuscripts to a publisher, telling him that the songs had quality and that “any publisher would be glad to publish them.”

Acting on Goldie’s advice and encouragement, his first submission to a publisher was “I’ll Fly Away.” As a result, this song, written during The Depression, was carried to the nation by radio. People everywhere were receiving renewed hope as they listened to “I’ll Fly Away” and other Brumley compositions.

By 1948, Brumley’s song had swept the nation and risen to massive popularity. This song has been covered by so many musicians and groups, including the acclaimed Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

It’s a great song to sing whether you’re celebrating, struggling or maybe both. It reminds us of Psalm 55:6.

“So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

We hope this song helps bring some peace & rest your way today.

Thanks for listening!

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VIDEO 5 OF 6 | NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD

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