Crystal Ball, by J Waterhouse. Wikimedia commons During 2020, blog posts concentrated on selections during social isolation, often choosing songs readily to hand in Together in Song. As we emerge from this difficult phase, we may assume that some music, however limited, will be heard in gatherings once more. [Notes in square brackets indicate arrangements, … Continue reading Crystal Ball, to March 2021
During social distancing, The Crystal Ball indicates likely choices for a recording for the online services, assuming the first set psalm is to be used. [Letters in square brackets] every second week apply to Zoom services at South Woden only. Worship leaders indicated are invited to advise the Webmaster of any preferences in theme, music … Continue reading Crystal Ball, Nov and Advent 2020
As social distancing continues, music selections remain focussed on easy and inspiring listening at home. The original advisory task of this blog -- informing our merry band of Singers in the South Woden Uniting Church of the choice for the next happy, sometimes ragged but enjoyable sing together -- is still out of reach. Patience, … Continue reading Crystal ball, Sep-Oct 20
2 Aug '20. Psalm 17:1-7, 15. Together in Song 6 or PFAS 17B suggested. 9 Aug '20. Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b. See 26 July in the previous Crystal Ball. We plan to use one recording for all four occurrences of this psalm from July to September. 16 Aug '20. Psalm 133. ¡Miren qué bueno!, … Continue reading Crystal ball; August ’20
For SWUC: volunteer psalm singers please contact the webmaster with your song choice. 7 Jun 20. Psalm 8. In the cosmology of Psalm 8, humankind is a jewel of creation, somewhat less than perfect, yet ‘adorned with glory and honour’ (v.5). Significantly, the creation is placed under our care (v. 6), a responsibility that is … Continue reading Crystal Ball, June 2020.
The Crystal Ball drafted a month or so ago was not much use to people who are now so 'distanced'. Like so many of our best-laid plans, it's in the bin. Several beautiful poems and songs are coming up for the set psalms. Regrettably, singing together is largely out of reach at present. Selections have … Continue reading Crystal Ball; May 2020.
No crystal ball could foresee the rapid and ubiquitous onset of COVID-19. The Lenten wilderness experience becomes closer to reality than we ever could have imagined. Following guidelines and with some specific risks in mind, at South Woden our regular singing group has been suspended. Psalms in the South singers are sending our love, prayers … Continue reading Sing on
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 … Continue reading Crystal Ball: Lent and Easter, 2020
Regular readers of this blog will ask: "So what? We know there are 150." This is more than accounting. It is the title of an ambitious program called '150 Psalms', performances by top vocal ensembles of song settings of these ancient poems. The program has already been to Brussels, New York and Utrecht. From one … Continue reading 150 Psalms
As Year C closes, this post looks at the opening of Year A, Advent and through Epiphany to the start of Lent. At South Woden, since we draw on limited resources, our musical attention for the set psalm each Sunday will have to pass over many tempting settings to focus on the options suggested below: … Continue reading Crystal Ball: Advent and into 2020