Saturday, January 21, 2012

WORSHIP IV, THE FOLLOW-UP (Part the ninth)

Sections: Light, Word, Praise
* = New to the Worship series

*583 Arise, Your Light Has Come ("Festal Song") - good
*584 Christ, Be Our Light (B. Farrell) - I've grown sick of this one quite quickly
585 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light ("Houston") - mezza mezza
*586 We Are Marching (South African) - no thank you.
*587 Lord, Jesus Christ/Jesus le Christ (Taize) - nah!
*588 Light Shone in Darkness ("Mighty Savior") - tune nice, text was good till I got to verse 3 "Christ's body, groaning..."
*589 O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word ("Wareham") - I love the tune.  Text is good also.
*591 Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior (B. Farrell) - sounds like something from the folk group I grew up with in the early to mid 1970's.  Not the kind of reminder I care to have.
*593 There Is a Story Full of Love ("Land of Rest") - nice tune; however, the text is the first from the pen of Brian Wren that is a miss.
*594 A Year of God's Favor ("St. Denio") - text ok, tune excellent.
*595 In this Place Your Word Is Planted ("Stuttgart") - anyone?
*596 Sing Praise to the Lord / Cantad al Señor (Brazilian) - garbage/basura
*597 Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte) - see #596
*598 Laudate, Laudate Dominum (Walker) - one of his better musical settings.  Refrain text in Latin and English.  Verses in English and Spanish.  Mix and match, I guess.
*600 Sing a New Song (Schutte) - Well, they dropped the "Yahweh" in verse 1 - a good thing, pursuant to recent Church directives.  The bad thing: the goofy melody is still around.
*603 Bless the Lord, My Soul (Taize) - in English, Spanish, and in Portuguese.
604 Praise the Lord, You Heav'ns, Adore Him ("Hyfrydol") - Worship II: "Praise the Lord, YE Heav'ns, Adore Him", tune "Austria" (which I miss).  Worship III: "Praise the Lord, O Heav'ns, Adore Him", tune "Heavenly Hosts" (an English copyright administered in the USA by GIA).  Now Worship IV: "Praise the Lord, YOU Heav'ns, Adore Him", tune "Hyfrydol" (the first tune I saw this text with - in the 1979 "We Celebrate").
607 All Creatures of Our God and King ("Lasst Uns Erfreuen") - Please revert to the Worship II version of the text.
609 Adoramus Te, Domine (Taize) - still in Latin (good), but now with added English, and Korean hieroglyphics.  WTF???
610 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven ("Lauda Anima") - we need thees and thous.
611 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You ("Hymn to Joy") - should be "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore THEE!"  What the hell are they thinking???
612 Sing Praise to the Lord ("Laudate Dominum") - lovely Parry tune.  However, should be "O PRAISE YE the Lord".
*613 Magnificat (Taize) - I got this one to work at my former parish by adding verses of the Magnificat itself in Latin to Tone 6F in between refrains.  A lot better than singing it as a round.
614 Holy God, We Praise Thy Name ("Grosser Gott") - one song they don't DARE to alter, thank God.  Even better, they added the missing verse "Lo, the apostolic train..."
615 God, Whose Song Became Creation (Hopson) - Melody is totally unsingable.  Text isn't so hot either.
616 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty ("Lobe den Herren") - text changes again (bad), and a lower key - key of F (good).
*618 Alabare (M.J. Alonso/J. Pagan) - garbage
*619 Jubilate, Servite (Taize) - music not so hot. (text in Latin, English, Spanish)
620 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence ("Picardy") - missing thees and thous.
*621 Soli Deo Gloria (Haugen) - Only the refrain is in Latin.  The music is typical Haugen fare.  Blech!
*622 Praise Our God and Savior (Taize) - mezza...
*623 Heaven Is Singing for Joy (Sosa) - bilingual English/Spanish, music is garbage
*624 Canticle of the Turning ("Star of County Down") - The tune is an Irish tune that seems to mirror "Kingsfold".  However, the title makes no sense, nor does the primary lyric "The world is about to turn."  The world is already turning.
*626 You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd ("Picardy") - Originally known as "Christus Paradox" in the RitualSong hymnal (was set to "Westminster Abbey").  Text is a little strange ("You, the everlasting instant" begins the closing lines of each verse).
627 O God, beyond All Praising ("Thaxted") - nice new middle verse, and I like the "Christ, the man from heaven" cliche.  A million points for that!
*628 Come, Christians, Join to Sing ("Madrid") - nice addition, and in A-flat.

Next installment: Thanksgiving.
Peace,
BMP

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