February 9th, 2009


Ten random things: February 9

Ten hymns from the Unitarian Universalist hymnal Singing the Living Tradition:

  1. You That Have Spent the Silent Night (Words: George Gascoigne/Music: Nikolaus Herman)
  2. This Land of Bursting Sunrise (John Haynes Holmes/David Hurd)
  3. Spirit of Life (Carolyn McDade)
  4. The Peace Not Past Our Understanding (John Holmes/Alfred Morton Smith)
  5. Amazing Grace (John Newton/Virginia Harmony)
  6. O Little Town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks/Lewis Redner)
  7. Faith of the Larger Liberty (Vincent B. Silliman/Bohemian Brethren’s Kirchengesänge)
  8. I Sought the Wood in Summer (Willa Cather/Hal Hopson)
  9. This is the Truth That Passes Understanding (Robert Terry Weston/Genevan Psalter)
  10. Surprised by Joy (Erik Routley/English folk melody)

I had a rare Sunday off yesterday, so I visited a new church: Unitarian Universalists of Sterling. I was surprised to learn the other day how close this was to my house; it took me less than ten minutes to walk there. And it was a gorgeous day for a walk; I had my coat fully unzipped by the time I reached the end of my street, and I didn't wear it at all on the way home. The service was very nice, as were the people I talked to after the church. Also, the UU theology is much more to my taste than that of the Southern Baptist church I visited in November, and the service was an hour shorter, which in my book counts for a lot. I have next Sunday off too, and I think I'll give them another try.


A modest proposal

I've been checking out some clips from last night's Grammy Awards ceremony, and I'm ready to declare a moratorium on the use of marching bands in live performances. Yes, it was awesome when Outkast did it in their loopy performance of "Hey Ya" in 2004, and reasonably entertaining when Kanye West used a brace of bands for his performance of "Gold Digger" in 2006. But when Radiohead brought in the USC Trojan Marching Band to back them up on "15 Step"? Well, that was just dire. I'm tempted to renew my membership in the Recording Academy just so I can make this happen.

You know, that Outcast performance is too awesome not to embed. Here it is in all its insane glory:

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