John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: March 19

Ten songs in languages other than English found in Singing the Journey: A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition:

  1. Székely Áldás (words: traditional Transylvanian; lyrics: Elizabeth H. Norton)
  2. Ubi Caritas (Unknown; Jacques Berthier)
  3. Santo (Carlos Guillermo)
  4. Thula Kliezeo (Joseph Shabalala)
  5. Profetiza, Pueblo Mío (Rosa Martha Zárate Macias)
  6. Eli, Eli (Hannah Senesh; David Zehavi)
  7. Bwana Awabariki (Swahili folk hymn)
  8. Daoona Nayeesh (Samir Badri; Ted Warmbrand)
  9. Alabanza (Pablo Fernández-Badillo)
  10. Siyahamba (South Africa, 20th Cent.)

I recently joined the choir at the Unitarian Universalist church I've been attending for the last month or so. And let me tell ya, after a lifetime of singing in Presbyterian churches, singing in a UU choir is taking some getting used to. Tonight, we rehearsed three songs for upcoming services: Haydn's Dona Nobis Pacem, for the Easter service; Sabbath Prayer, from Fiddler on the Roof, for the Passover service (scheduled, amusingly, for the Sunday after Easter); and, most shockingly from my perspective as a member of many Christian church choirs, Fix You by Coldplay.

Anyway, we also rehearsed a couple of hymns from the supplemental hymnal that will be sung in this coming Sunday service, and while the director worked with the sopranos and altos on Fix You, I took the opportunity to browse through it. In addition to the hymns listed above, it also contains traditional Christan tunes like There is a Balm in Gilead, popular songs like Lean on Me, and what sounds like it coud be the most Unitarian song ever, The Oneness of Everything.


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