As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:
When I was a very little girl growing up in Virginia, I never missed a Sunday going to Court Street Baptist Church. But there was something else that made Sundays special, and that was "Davey and Goliath." Every week the opening strains of the theme song would find me lying on the floor, chin on hands, looking up expectantly to watch the adventures of a cloth boy and his big dog.
What I didn't realize was who wrote that music, the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."
It was the same Martin Luther who said:
"I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor."
On this Friday before Reformation Sunday, let's talk about music. Share with us five pieces of music that draw you closer to the Divine, that elevate your mood or take you to your happy place. They might be sung or instrumental, ancient or modern, sacred or popular…whatever touches you.
Some of us even love hymns. (Well, I do.)
1) And I do! I do! This Sunday afternoon, Y1P will be hosting the Association Annual Meeting, and since I got to plan the brief worship service at the beginning (okay, I'm still planning it), I chose both "A Mighty Fortress" and one of my personal favorites, because it seemed appropriate in this time when many churches wonder what the ultimate economic fallout will mean for them: "How Firm a Foundation" (tune: Foundation).
2) Last night my daughter's Facebook status included the following:
"LP is getting through her English homework with the help of Bach's French suites."
Nothing makes my mind and heart feel cleaner. It's something about the percussive nature of the piano. We have the Andras Schiff recording. Lovely, especially the Gigue.
3) At disconsolate moments, I turn to musicals. I love, love, love musicals. Some favorites are "Ragtime" and "Into the Woods" and "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot" and "1776."
4) In the bleak of December, I love to listen to Handel's "Messiah." I have a couple of recordings. Mostly I like to try and remember the alto and sing along.
5) On my iPod, I do have a playlist ("Away Message") for the mopey times when Pure Luck is away; it's a pretty good expression of my eclectic tastes. Here are the titles currently on the list:
Rufus Wainwright "Vibrate"
Sixpence None the Richer "Kiss Me"
Stevie Wonder "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
Uncle Kracker "Follow Me" (Don't laugh. I downloaded the CLEAN version.)
Madeleine Peyroux "Walkin' after Midnight" and "Dance Me to the End of Love"
Leonard Cohen "Dance Me to the End of Love"
Kiss "Beth" (My first slow dance, circa 1977.)
Death Cab for Cutie "I Will Follow You into the Dark" (For the really mopey times.)
Carole King "So Far Away," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman"
Bruce Springsteen "Thunder Road"
As mentioned recently, The B-52s "Love Shack"
Peter, Paul and Mary "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
Three Dog Night "One"
That's a good summary, for today.