Gracefully Broken Vs. Touch the Hem of His Garment

Song Comparison

Gracefully Broken

  • Possesses a gentle sound
  • Consists mostly of repetition
  • Complex harmonization
  • Uses poliphony. The song contains the piano, guitar, full percussion, and string instruments all playing different parts.
  • 6 minutes long
  • Full choir singing in the background


  • Both make use of the piano and guitar.
  • Both contain call and response.
  • Both feature strong vocals with wide ranges.
  • Neither are fast-paced.

Touch the Hem of His Garment

  • More soulful; reminiscent of blues
  • Tells a story
  • Typical harmonization. This song makes heavy use of thirds.
  • Less variation in instrumentation. Only the piano, drums, and guitar are used.
  • Very short; not even 2 minutes long.
  • Not many voices in the background. It sounds like Cooke has a quartet backing him.

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