I grew up in the Church of Christ. I cut my teeth on a cappella hymnbooks and shaped-note singing. We used to have "first Sunday singings with dinner on the grounds". Sometimes we'd have a singing school, where a fellow came to church and spent a week of evenings teaching us how to read shaped notes. I learned to sing alto in the car, harmonizing with Mother and Daddy.
It was only in the last two or three years that I began to miss the old hymns, sung without instruments. The songs churches don't seem to sing any more. It took a lot of searching and Googling to finally find THIS SITE.
Almost every one of my favorite childhood hymns was on one or another of their CD's, and I purchased three. If you go to that website, you'll hear them singing. HERE are two of the CD's I purchased.
I imagine it's just part of growing old, missing songs and styles and people that are no longer around.
Darn, I wish I hadn't decided to do this entry. I think I found another of their CD's I want! That'll cost me $14, plus shipping.
Anyhow, the pure voices with no instruments cluttering things up sound just right, out in the woods. Trust me on that.