You Never Mentioned Him to Me


Today’s post was written by Paul.

This is an old hymn I thought of today. I remember hearing Pap and his brother sing it on WKRK back in the 80’s.

Reno and Smiley recorded it in the 50’s or 60’s.

While I don’t think there will be any regrets in Heaven for those who are saved, I still think this is a beautiful song and a motivational reminder to bear witness when we can.

I filmed this in the hallway because it’s the one place I could find in my house with adequate lighting. 🙂 I also filmed it because I wanted to show off a new toy, this Yamaha FG800.

By no means are the Dove or Taylor going anywhere, but I’m blown away by this little parlor-sized guitar. It sounds fantastic for bluegrass (better than you can tell from this low quality video), and it has the sound of a full-sized dreadnought. It has an Adirondack Spruce top and 2-piece Nato back. This guitar was only $200 new. I bought it to set up as a Nashville-tuned guitar for a recording. If you’re unfamiliar with Nashville tuning, there are some great videos on YouTube about it.

This guitar, tuned that way, should contrast nicely with the Dove on recordings. Anyway, if you’re in the market for a really good cheap guitar, you should check these out. Probably great for beginners and kids. I can’t say if they’re this good on average because this is the only one I’ve played.

Maybe I’ll do a new series…Hymns in the Hall 🙂

I hope you enjoyed Paul’s post and the song. I think the new guitar sounds great!


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  • Reply
    July 20, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Oh, wow! I am so thankful you recorded this song! Mom and Dad used to sing it a lot, and it always had such a sobering effect on me. It would surely be a sad, sad thing to think we could have gone through life and been around the lost every day and never pointed them to the cross. Dear Lord, help me to be faithful to the souls in my sphere of influence. There are so many who are hurting and so hopeless, and we have the Source of hope living inside of us. Your new guitar sounds amazing! This was such a blessing to me this morning and brought tears to my eyes. God bless you all!

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    Susan Jones
    July 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Oh my! Tipper, that took me right straight down a bluegrass gospel rabbit hole that ended with Dolly Pardon singing ” “When They Ring Those Golden Bells for You and Me. What a wonderful way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon?!
    Many thanks to you for sharing, Paul for playing and singing and Pap for teaching him and leaving behind some wonderful recordings, to boot. – Susan

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    Ann Applegarth
    July 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you for the hymn, Paul! I do like the sound of the guitar, and seeing it with the tag
    brought sweet memories of Minnie Pearl’s hats!

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    SusieQ and Donnie Ray
    July 19, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this song, to be mindful to mention Him ……the guitar is really nice, and what a gifting to have learned to play it .

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    Mary Johnson
    July 19, 2020 at 11:23 am

    What a beautiful sounding guitar.
    Each note so clear and concise. Paul is a great musician and his voice with lovely clarity picked up my Sunday morning.

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    Kenneth Ryan
    July 19, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Great job, Paul! Good song and good sounding Yamaha. I look forward to more songs from the hall.

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    Don Casada
    July 19, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Great job, as always, Paul.

    The song reminded me of Delia Woodard Watkins, who grew up on the head of Peachtree Creek (the one in Swain County, not over yonder in Cherokee County). I often visited with her to drop off some vegetables, pick her brain for memories, to share some photo or other tidbit I’d run across, or just to sit and visit. Susan often went along with me.

    On several occasions, I brought other folks along, including a couple of middle schoolers who put together a video on the Fontana project for a statewide competition and a fellow doing graduate research on the Smokies. Delia would never fail to mention Jesus to the folks I brought by. She had a wonderful way about her, and didn’t come across as preachy whatsoever – she basically made a profession of her faith, time and again, and always invited them to come back.

    Delia died earlier this year, on Good Friday. I’ll not be taking okra, tomatoes or corn to her this year, but I’ll think about her when I come to the garden, alone, while the dew is still on the roses.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 19, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I love that song although I disagree with its premise a little bit. It’s what you do, not what you say, that’s your testimony anyway. If you live an exemplary life, you don’t have to utter a single word.
    I have a Alvarez AP70 parlor size that I found under the Christmas tree a couple of years ago. I play it when I feel like a little noodling. I also have a Breedlove concert size which is just a bit bigger than the Alvarez size wise but has a lot bigger sound. And a much bigger price I might add. But it was made in Bend, Oregon, USA.
    I don’t play for a audience very often, but when I do they listen attentively for a minute or two, and then suddenly remember they have to go home and feed their iguana.

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    Margie Goldstein
    July 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Paul sings and plays very delightfully and the hall provides great acoustics in my listening opinion! That song really gets me to thinking about witnessing and where I’m short on that. Beautiful song for a beautiful Sunday! Now let’s get to watering…. A very talented, accomplished musician indeed is a Paul!

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    July 19, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Good job with the song, the little parlor does song good, Alvarez made a similar-looking Parlor guitar, I found one in a pawn shop once and wouldn’t give what they wanted and now hind sight should have done it.

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    Ron Stephens
    July 19, 2020 at 8:08 am

    You remind me of one of the few times I ever saw my Dad cry. A neighbor had died who we were used to see sitting on the front porch when we would pass. Dad was feeling really bad because he said he had never mentioned the Lord to that man. I had not recalled that in a great long while.

    I agree with you Paul, there will be nothing present in heaven that will diminish its joy. In our earth-bound way we cannot really conceive of how that can be. We are used to being made appreciative because we can know of what the opposite circumstances would be like. But how could it be heaven with a load of regrets and guilt?

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      July 19, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Great performance. The message really hit me with my guilt. How many opportunities have i missed. One soul in hell is too many.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 19, 2020 at 8:00 am

    There is a sweet sound to it, Paul, good job!

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    gayle larson
    July 19, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Sounds great…

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    Don Byers
    July 19, 2020 at 7:00 am

    That Nashville tuning makes for great rhythm playing….

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