STLT#182, O, the Beauty in a Life

I was expecting this to be a difficult song to learn – enough times, that “Irregular” at the bottom of the page signals complex rhythms and intervals. Yet once I got into it, and I felt the 9/8 rhythm (which is really a glorious 3/4), the song suddenly felt familiar, in a way that makes …

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STLT#132, Bright Those Jewels

Here’s another hymn I might have noticed if the title wasn’t just the first few words – and one I now plan to use. One of my regular readers, Kaye, has remarked more than once that using the first line rather than the actual (or at least more meaningful) title often leads us to ignore good hymns …

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STLT#102, We the Heirs of Many Ages

Welcome to another edition of Hymns I Have Never Sung and Plan To Use Now. We have now entered the next section of our hymnal; for those keeping track, we’ve finished the First Source songs and are now entering the Second Source, Words and Deeds of Prophetic People. (I hear you saying “people? Isn’t it …

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STLT#62, When the Daffodils Arrive

This hymn has genuinely surprised me. First, let’s talk tune: it’s set to an Hasidic melody that holds in its phrases a secret and unspoken longing – certainly an intriguing choice for a hymn called “When the Daffodils Arrive.” I will also say that at first, I plunked it out fairly slowly – but then I …

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STLT#37, God Who Fills the Universe

I don’t feel much like singing today. And in fact, I considered skipping today – hoping you all would understand that for those of us who regularly answer the call of love and justice, the American presidential election results have at least temporarily silenced the music. But here I am, and this spiritual practice today …

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STLT#28, View the Starry Realm

Titles are deceiving… View the starry realm of heaven, shining distant empires sing. Skysong of celestial children turns each winter into spring, turns each winter into spring. Great you are, beyond conception, God of gods and God of stars. My soul soars with your perception, I escape from prison bars, I escape from prison bars. …

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