Friday, August 10, 2007

STILL MORE TO GO

Part 4 - Numbers 601-700

STUFF WE SING AT HOLY GHOST, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SING (17):
606 The Strife Is O'er / 608 Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ
623 Let All Things Now Living / 624 For the Beauty of the Earth
636 Morning Has Broken / 642 This Day God Gives Me
645 America the Beautiful (when appropriate; see my commentary on Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, #600)
646 Eternal Father, Strong to Save
647 America (when appropriate; see my commentary on Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, #600)
655 O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God / 659 Baptized in Water
674 Hear Us Now, Our God and Father / 675 God, Who Created Hearts to Love
680 Keep in Mind / 692 O Salutaris (to the Werner tune, though Melcombe is good too)
699 O Sanctissima (in Latin) / 700 Salve, Regina (in Latin)

STUFF WE HAVEN'T DONE AT HOLY GHOST BUT I WOULDN'T MIND INTRODUCING IN THE FUTURE (15):
612 I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Duke Street) / 625 Thanks Be to God
628 I Have Loved You (As long as it's not done as a Responsorial Psalm, as I've sadly seen happen)
637 Canticle of Zachary (Joncas) (One of his far better works!)
639 O Come and Hymn Our Mighty Lord / 640 Abide with Me / 641 Day Is Done
643 God of Our Fathers
644 This Is My Song (when appropriate; see my commentary on Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, #600)
667 Remember Your Love (the only Dameans song I actually white list!)
677 When Love Is Found (O Waly Waly) / 679 Song of Farewell (Sands)
688 Yes, I Shall Arise (Alstott) (Deiss' responsory of the same title is better, but this isn't bad either.)
696 Be Still My Soul (my favorite of texts set to Finlandia)
697 Healing River of the Spirit

STUFF I WON'T TOUCH WITH A 39-1/2 FOOT POLE (68):
601 Worthy Is the Lamb (Manalo) (very weak, sappy tune for triumphant text)
602 In the Day of the Lord
603 Soon and Very Soon (was overkilled at the Roundhouse I once worked)
604 Lord of the Dance / 605 Go Forth
607 Join in the Dance (all this dang dance stuff! Sheesh!)
609 This Is the Day (Fisher) / 610 Let Heaven Rejoice
611 This Day Was Made by the Lord / 613 Alleluia No. 1
614 Stand by Me (The best setting I heard was sung by Timon, to Pumbaa, as a prelude to Little Giants on VHS.)
615 Beatitudes / 616 I Will Not Die / 617 Blest Are They / 618 Lead Me, Lord (Becker)
619 God's Love Is Everlasting (Tomaszek) (You can tell the blatant going out of the way to make sure God isn't referred to as the Father figure that he is!)
620 All My Days (Good text, on Psalm 8, horrid melody)
621 Give Thanks to the Lord / 622 With All Our Hearts
626 All Good Gifts (I'd much rather have Wir Pfl├╝gen) / 627 Your Grace Is Enough
629 Come to the Water / 630 If God Is For Us / 631 I Will Lift up My Eyes
632 Lord of Glory (This one even has BANJO!) / 633 Isaiah 49 (Uber-Blech!)
634 Rain Down / 635 Like a Shepherd
638 Now All the Woods Are Sleeping (Much better with the tune Innsbruck)
648 Wade in the Water (the setting in GIA's Lead Me, Guide Me hymnal is better)
649 Flow River Flow / 650 May the Word of God Strengthen You
651 Come to the River / 652 You Have Put on Christ / 653 You Have Called Us
654 One Lord / 656 River of Glory (tempo reminds me of Home on the Range)
657 We Belong to You / 658 Go in Peace / 660 Signing of the Senses
661 Enter the Journey / 662 Save Us, O Lord
663 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
664 Change Our Hearts / 665 Turn to Me / 666 Seek the Lord / 668 With the Lord
669 You Alone / 670 Loving and Forgiving / 671 Hosea
672 Where Love Is Found (Schutte) / 673 May God Bless You
676 Wherever You Go (...I shall go, unless you're going to hell, well, maybe not.)
678 Where There Is Love (Haas) / 681 Go in Peace / 682 Restless Is the Heart
683 O Loving God (Hint: it's to the tune of Danny Boy, aka Aire of County Derry, aka Londonderry Air, aka London Derriere)
684 The Lord Is My Light (Walker) / 685 Parable
686 I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Soper) / 687 I, the Lord (Kendzia)
689 How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place / 690 Give Me Jesus
691 Fly Like a Bird (because Steve Miller already did a killer Fly Like an Eagle)
693 O Jesus, Healer of Wounded Souls / 694 Healing Waters
695 Precious Lord, Take My Hand / 698 Let It Be Done to Us

Running totals after four posts:
STUFF WE SING AT HOLY GHOST, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SING: 60
STUFF WE HAVEN'T DONE AT HOLY GHOST BUT I WOULDN'T MIND INTRODUCING IN THE FUTURE: 68
STUFF I WON'T TOUCH WITH A 39-1/2 FOOT POLE: 272

Still more to come!
Peace,
BMP

5 comments:

Paul Stokell said...

Man, that's a 2:1 meat-to-offal ratio!

I'd love to see your take on the second serving of GC.

Brian Michael Page said...

Don't have GC2 yet. If I do get it, I'll probably go cheap and buy the softie cover edition, for all that softie music I can imagine that it contains.
BMP

RC said...

Agh! You'd sing "I Have Loved You"?

That's as bad as "We Have Been Told", and it compounds the cheesiness by putting the text in the voice-of-God first person.

Brian Michael Page said...

RC - yes, but more for the verse than for the chorus. And I reworked the accompaniment to make it sound somewhat decent, something I just can't do with "We Have Been Told".
BMP

RC said...

Hm: how about doing some real recycling on it, then: making up a totally new refrain -- tune and text -- and letting the choir sing the piece?