Psalm 98, 10 Nov 13

It’s easy to pick a good verse for the antiphon this week. Verse 1 says:

Sing a new song to God, who has done marvellous things.

We are to be blessed on Sunday 10 November with another visit by The Gospel Folk, ably directed by Brian.

For their last visit over a year ago now, we concocted the short and sweet tune ‘Taste and see’, a tune that’s easy to swing and give a gospel touch.

It seemed appropriate to use the same tune for Psalm 98 this time, selecting those words quoted above. Here it is:

Sing a new song

The gospel tradition includes the solo rendition of favourite songs: but essentially it’s more about the people’s expression – choir, congregation, collective action, community and identification, expressed by such things as call and response, good harmonies, clapping, calling out or echoing significant ideas and words.

Robert Johnson

Blues singer. Image Wikimedia

The blues came from the heart of the ‘deep south’ music, work songs, field calls, simple chord progressions that everyone knew without dots or paper. So we take advantage of the rhythm and freedom of The Gospel Folk singing with us to express the psalm in 12-bar blues.

Choir and people respond with the ‘antiphon’ – a word more suited to historical Europe than to the American cities of the ‘Dixie’ states – and of Martin Luther King, honoured in last week’s observance of All Saints’ day. In this setting, it’s a response to the call, sung with energy and conviction and joy.

But wait; there’s more. People can also respond by repeating the last phrase of each of the cantor’s lines during the blues. Or just go: “Sing that song!”

4 thoughts on “Psalm 98, 10 Nov 13

  1. Sorry to miss this. It sounds great. We will be away for a couple of weeks with family, Have a great time. Dalma

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