[REPOST from 2008]
“Easter Song” was a two minute number that became an anthem of the Jesus movement. Written by Annie Herring in 1972, “Easter Song” was one of those that “just came out,” Annie recalls. “At first, I didn’t think it was much of a song. I loved it, but I didn’t think it was a song for us. I thought it was a choir song. I even said to the Lord, ‘Oh Father, that sounds like a song that a lot of people should sing.’ But with a drum beat and electric organ, Easter Song became the signature tune of the band “2nd Chapter of Acts“. When the band began singing, audiences would grow strangely silent. Some time later, someone approached Annie and said, “We’re really sorry we didn’t applaud — but we’ve never heard music like that before!” Many others expressed that they had never before experienced worship so keenly.
Hear the bells ringing, They’re singing that we can be born again
Hear the bells ringing, They’re singing, “Christ is risen from the dead!”
The angel upon the tombstone said, “He has risen, just as he said.
“Quickly now, go tell his disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead!”
Joy to the world! He has risen, Hallelujah! He’s risen, hallelujah! He’s risen, hallelujah!
Youtube: Easter Song performed by The 2nd Chapter of Acts, Phil Keaggy, and “A Band Called David”, in the summer of 1977
Here’s another favourite of mine, by Third Day:
This is arguably U2’s greatest song:
And finally, some serious chillout music with the theme of hope threaded through the Easter message: