Friday Five

Friday Five: Our Favorite Music

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.

13 thoughts on “Friday Five: Our Favorite Music”

  1. Well then, here’s some ‘good news’ for you! As an ELCA Lutheran, I can tell you that the lost Davey and Goliath episodes have been found and digitally restored to dvd.
    You can find them here:
    Can’t tell you how many of us in our 40’s & 50’s at church have been giggling about this, while the younger people scratch their heads.

  2. Love those hymns! Your playlist is great too. So glad to see Davey again, and gald to hear he has been found, Valerie.

  3. Hee! My brother and I still warn each other away from unwise ventures by shaking our heads and saying in that deep mournful voice “I don’t know, Davey…”

  4. Love it! If I reproduce that whole playlist on my own IPod, am I a total loser wannabe? Oh well, so be it!

  5. My husband loved Davy and Goliath too! What I find so interesting about that is that he was raised in a conservative Jewish home!

  6. We must be long lost twins…..I nodded in agreement with everything you said!!!!! Love the playlist. We watched Meet Me in St. Louis yesterday and that hymn is one of my very favorates……hmmmmmm

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