At SWUC, our reflective music during Lent will include a flute solo of ‘Peace’, a classic song by Horace Silver from 1959. The unusual and wonderfully evocative harmony in the background (eg. C7 BΔ Cø BbΔ) are merely suggested. Originally from the jazz world, this song can yet invite peace in hearts and communities in secular and sacred settings.
Suggestions for the sung psalm at South Woden follow:
TiS 20 is a little staid for my taste; try Show me the way to go in The Emergent Psalter. Listen>
When I finally got the courage to confess my sins, I discovered You weren’t even listening. You were singing to me. #psalmtweets
8 Mar. Psalm 121. This is International Women’ Day, so a leader may choose not to use the psalm in favour of other texts relevant to this observance.
- As noted elsewhere in these pages, the Psalms are typical of the literature and habits of the times in making little direct reference to women.
- One of the many settings of the Magnificat will always be suitable for IWD.
- At SWUC, it is also a combined service at St James, with psalm if any to be advised. If sung, many tunes suit, of which a couple of easy choices are:
- Lennon and McCartney’s 1965 song Help
- TiS 77, being by John Bell, is singable and enjoyable. SW singers can provide the ‘solo’ lines, but perhaps tutti in harmony.
15 Mar. Psalm 95. A wide choice of musical styles is available here for this song of praise and joy. Try PFAS 95C for a harmonious meditative chant (requires rehearsal); and TiS 53 for the Calypso touch. (Sing both if you can, but at SWUC we shall go Calypso with guitar and bass.)
- For more discussion on both psalm and music, go to the 2016 post.
22 Mar. Psalm 23. Little need be said on the psalm itself whose popularity has led to a wealth of music settings. The Spanish setting El Señor es mi pastor, (PFAS 23I) is a favourite around these parts.
29 Mar. Psalm 130. This psalm is another song of ascent (psalms 120 to 134). It’s also the sixth of seven penitential psalms.
It’s a statement of the mystery not only of the human condition, with all its faults and frustrations, but also of our access to grace. The psalm asks for forgiveness and redemption for Israel, though in modern context it clearly has a wider application. Sinead’s Out of the depths is suggested.
5 April 2020. Palm Sunday. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. Alt Ps 31:9-16. We have sometimes done psalms for both liturgies, palms — on entering — and passion. Some easy choices are:
- 118: Willcock’s TiS 74, This is the day, or PFAS 118K.
- 31C in PFAS is a beautiful arrangement with an echo voice.
Good Friday, 10 Apr. Ps 22. If any music is intended for this sombre service, then TiS9, another Christopher Willcock composition, is suitable.
Easter Sunday, 12 Apr. Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24. See 3 April above for this selection and earlier posts such as this time last year. An alternative is Paul Stookey’s The building block, but our group has repeated this quite often so it may not appeal.