Friday, August 10, 2007

THE REVIEW CONTINUES

Part 3 - Numbers 501-600

STUFF WE SING AT HOLY GHOST, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SING (10):
506 Christ, Be Our Light (did it once for Confirmation - not bad for coming from Bernadette Farrell's pen)
510 Adoro Te Devote / 548 O God, beyond All Praising
550 All Creatures of Our God and King / 552 Praise the Lord, Ye Heav'ns
556 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee / 564 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
576 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow / 597 Sing with all the Saints in Glory
600 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (but only when most appropriate; the Sunday around secular holidays doesn't cut it - the feast/solemnity you are celebrating MUST dictate your music selections, just as in Latin and Latin-based languages the adjective and noun declensions must agree.)

STUFF WE HAVEN'T DONE AT HOLY GHOST BUT I WOULDN'T MIND INTRODUCING IN THE FUTURE (24):
508 O Christ, Our Teacher / 509 O Christ, You Speak the Names of God
512 Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring (but using the more authentic Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)
519 Out of Darkness (Chris Walker's best work I've seen, IMO)
520 Those Called by Christ / 523 Pescadore de Hombres (in English)
526 Only This I Want (Not bad in the devotional category at all)
531 Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning
533 Now My Heart (not bad at all for John Foley)
538 From North and South (The team of Colgan and Kelly - two of the best Benedictine composers in this age; this one is from Colgan.)
541 In Christ, There Is No East or West
546 Revelation (Brown) (I'd have to see the verses first, but till then I'll give the benefit of the doubt.)
549 O Bless the Lord, My Soul / 557 From All that Dwell below the Skies
560 Come, Christians, Join to Sing / 565 Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise
573 Laudate, Laudate Dominum (Latin refrain, English verses)
580 The Word of God Was from the Start / 585 O Silence
587 God of the Hungry (Soper has a decent 87 87 D structure going here, one of his better works.)
588 The Cry of the Poor (Foley's best from this book!)
589 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service / 594 Jerusalem, My Happy Home
596 Shall We Gather at the River

STUFF I WON'T TOUCH WITH A 39-1/2 FOOT POLE (66):
501 Jesus Christ, Inner Light (Sr. Toolan seems to be concentrating on imitating the Taize style a little too much.)
502 Your Light Will Come, Jerusalem
503 We Are the Light of the World (That they may see the good that we do... Need I say more in terms of self-conceit?)
504 I Am the Light of the World / 505 You Are the Light / 507 The Light of Christ
511 Jesus Christ, You Are My Life / 513 Earthen Vessels
514 Women of the Church (Nothing like promoting Feminism. Send it to NOW Headquarters. They might like it.)
515 We Have Been Chosen (another dreaded self praise song!)
516 Go, Make a Difference (Would be a great Ad Council jingle, nothing intended against the Ad Council)
517 My Heart Belongs to You/Te Doy Mi Corazon / 518 Unless a Grain of Wheat
521 Anthem (the original self praise song!) / 522 All that Is Hidden
524 Now We Remain / 525 We Have Been Told
527 Just Like You (Last time I heard a song with a similar title, it was in the movie Jungle Book)
528 The Eyes and Hands of Christ
529 Renew Us (Pro: In Babilone is the tune. / Con: way too irregular, and the "pickup notes" kill it.)
530 I Will Choose Christ / 532 Voice of Christ / 534 To Serve Is to Reign
535 Come Unto Me / 536 Father of Peace (sappy, typical Michael Lynch fare)
537 O Beauty, Ever Ancient
539 We Are Many Parts / 540 They'll Know We Are Christians (more self-praise! yuk!)
542 Companions on the Journey / 543 Somos El Cuerpo de Christo
544 Many and Great (Manalo) (I am so sick and frickin' tired of the Eucharist being interpreted as "gathering for a meal" or "being one with each other" with no interest of perhaps "being one with Christ"!)
545 Gloria (Anderson) / 547 We Ever Will Praise You / 551 Lift Up Your Hearts
553 Sing, O Sing (Not a bad tune, but lose the "dancing")
554 Sing to the Mountains / 555 O Bless the Lord
558 Abba Father (I had this B-movie soundtrack sound-alike and Peace Is Flowing rammed down my throat at my own Confirmation, thus losing my appetite at the party back at the house!)
559 Sing Alleluia / 561 He Is the Lord / 562 Sing a New Song (Brown)
563 Sing a Joyful Song / 566 Sing a New Song (Schutte) / 567 A Ti, Dios
568 All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford) / 569 We Praise You (Dameans)
570 I Want to Praise Your Name
571 Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Hey, what's that tune from Jesus Christ Superstar with the similar rythym/time (5/4)?)
572 Sing Out, Earth and Skies
574 Alle, Alle, Alleluia (Fr. Lung just wrote the next Chiquita Banana jingle!)
575 Who Shall Sound the Air with Song / 577 Sacred Silence
578 Glory and Praise to Our God / 579 In the Land there Is a Hunger
581 Speak, Lord / 582 Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior
583 Your Words Are Spirit and Life / 584 With One Voice
585 God of Day and God of Darkness / 590 Whatsoever You Do / 591 We Are Called
592 Alleluia! Raise the Gospel / 593 Community of Christ (too people-centered)
595 Where My Father Lives / 598 Let the Heavens Be Glad / 599 Love Has Come

Running totals after three posts:
STUFF WE SING AT HOLY GHOST, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SING: 43
STUFF WE HAVEN'T DONE AT HOLY GHOST BUT I WOULDN'T MIND INTRODUCING IN THE FUTURE: 53
STUFF I WON'T TOUCH WITH A 39-1/2 FOOT POLE: 204

Next round will be 601-700
Peace,
BMP

6 comments:

Paul Stokell said...

"Sing of the Lord's Goodness" is just well nigh impossible to do well in a parish setting, unless your musical ensemble can bust out into Brubeck's Take Five at the end.

But, the day I'll hear tenor sax done well in church will be the day the presider for an Extraordinary Form liturgy comes out wearing a Garth Brooks-style headset. (And - God forgive me - either one would be cool...)

David said...

I just looked at the previous list- What's wrong with "Send us your Spirit" I personally think that is one of his better pieces.

Brian Michael Page said...

Which one, the Schutte or the Haas?
BMP

David said...

Schutte

Brian Michael Page said...

Ok David - I'll admit, you picked the lesser of the two evils. :-D
BMP

RC said...

You're thinking of "Everything's Alright" from JC Superstar.

As for "Sing of the Lord's Goodness", Victor Lams has a good approach:

...the next time your "music minister" subjects you to this ditty, do what I do and sing Paul Desmond's sax melody from "Take Five" along to it instead: it works, bridge and all...