all is well (tuneful tuesday)

Another of my favorite songs sung by one of my favorite a Capella groups. There is just something so peaceful about the song - a reassurance that now that Christ has come, peace will reign on earth. Now granted, there is no way one can say we have peace on earth, but we can have peace with God because of the life, death, and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus Christ. A song of peace, and a song of faith. All is most definitely well! (Yes, I know this is a Christmas song, but maybe every day is Christmas when we remember what Jesus has done for us...)


 


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July4

I love hearing our national anthem. I love singing our national anthem. It has come under pretty intense attacks in the last few years, but as long as I'm around, I think it is a song worth singing. It is a song worthy of honoring our nation - its citizens, those who serve in defending our nation with their lives, and yes even the freedoms some would attempt to wreck with their protests. 

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cradle hymn (tuneful tuesday #12)

I know, I know. It's not Christmas. But this tune based on a hymn by Issac Watts reminds me of the blessing of my Savior - and with all the little children being born by relatives and friends, I thought it was a nice reminder...

Cradle Hymn by Kim André Arnesen performed by Nidarosdomens jentekor (Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir) and conductor Anita Brevik.

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a million dreams (tuneful tuesday #11)

It was one of those musical gems that seemed to slip under the radar of pop culture except for those who actually watched the movie and enjoyed it's music and it's message.

Among The Greatest Showman's collection of toe-tapping songs is one that encourages the development of one's dreams regardless of how impossible they may seem. But here's a version of the song, created by Dixie State University and featuring Alex Boye' that puts a little different spin on the anthem. Enjoy!

 


edelweiss (tuneful tuesday #10)

A beautiful rendition of one of the prettiest songs every composed. The song is a message of hope and encouragement in the most difficult of times. Written by Richard Rogers for the musical "The Sound of Music", it was "...a song of acquiescence—to family, to love, to the small satisfactions of stability—and also of resistance. It was both a symbol and an instrument of the Von Trapps’ fleeing of the Nazis—an embodiment of their belief that the “homeland” was something that could, like a flower that blooms in winter, survive the harshness of fascist rule." (The Atlantic)

Here it is, performed by The Little Singers of Armenia (2013).

 


the missing people choir (tuneful tuesday #8)

A somber tune for a tremendous effort...

In 2017, a group of people formed a choir comprised of individuals whose loved ones have gone missing, or individuals who support the work of the group.

The choir is not only a support group. It is also a public conduit which keeps such tragedies in people's attention in the hope that maybe someone might know something and be able to help these grieving families find closure.

In some respects, we are all lost - we have left our Heavenly Father and wandered off on our own way. Like the prodigal's father (Luke 15:11-32), our Heavenly Father is awaiting our return, ready to welcome us home and forgive us all of our trespasses.


this is me (tuneful tuesday #7)

It's an unconventional musical to say the least.

P.T. Barnum. Freaks. Circus. Rich. Poor. Prejudice. Dreams. Happiness. Commitment. The Greatest Showman seems to have a little bit of everything. But most of all it has music -- at times tender, at times powerful. It may not be historically accurate - after all it IS a musical - but it is a good story and it's a good time at the movies. Some hated the movie. I thought it was well done.

"This Is Me" is features Barnum's collection of special people. They attempt to enter a room full of high society snobs during the reception of Barnum's newest "show" - the European opera singer, Jenny Lind. But he prevents them from entering on the pretense they have a show they must get ready for, attempting to cover his embarrassment of their presence during his finest entertainment moment. So he sends away the ones who gained for him his new found success; you can almost taste the disappointment. Societal station trumps friendship - and the angry entertainers leave the theater and march back to their circus proclaiming loudly and proudly that they are not ashamed of who they are.

 


people of the cross (tuneful tuesday #6)

I was standing by the toaster oven preparing some breakfast when this song came across the radio:

It's a wonderful hymn, and some great words. But the final line of the bridge started me thinking:

"Jesus we will be faithful till You meet us
Give us Your courage as we finish
We want to hear well done"

And the thought entered into my mind - "What if I don't hear Jesus say to me 'Well done'?"

So I went looking for an answer, and found it at Got Questions, one of my favorite Bible study sites. Essentially it is a matter of doing the things that God has asked me to do - being faithful in the little; making them daily chores, and doing them with delight in order to glorify Him.

I have much to do. 


Majesty and Glory (repost)

Moon The clear, crisp night sky. The stars shimmering like diamonds. The grass had a frosty crunch and sparkled as the lights from the house fell on the ground. It was one of those cold nights that transforms the world into crystal. I would wake the next morning with this song in my head - which I still cannot shake - and this image in my head. I still remember waking up. and hearing the song, and seeing this last image in my dream.

 

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remember me that way (tuneful tuesday #5)

Casper, the Friendly Ghost. One of my favorite cartoons as a kid. I'd watch those cartoons and think, "It would be so wonderful having a friend like Casper."

When they produce a live-action film of Casper in 1995, it was a real treat to see him come to the big screen. And it had a beautiful song that captured Casper's desire to be a friend...and to be remembered.

 


The Depths of Woe (Psalm 130 - Luther style)

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Tim Challies featured a hymn written by Luther and called it "The Best Worship Song You Don't Sing." 

And he's right... These are the types of hymns I love -- words that drip with meaning and cause a worshiper to ponder about the truths they present. But sadly, hymns such as this are rarely if ever sung in contemporary church settings.

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