STLT#83, Winds Be Still

Merry Christmas to me – this is one of my very favorite hymns. First of all, let’s not kid ourselves – 19th century English composer Samuel Wesley knew what he was doing when he wrote the anthem “Praise the Lord, O My Soul,” which includes the melody that we know as “Lead Me Lord.” Its …

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STLT#55, Dark of Winter

This is such a gorgeous hymn, and a comforting one too. First, let’s talk melody – Shelley Denham knew what she was doing, writing a sort of lullaby to winter in a gentle 3/2. It is both simple to sing and delicious to sing. I imagine my college choir director reminding us to sing through …

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STLT#54, Now Light Is Less

Two new rules today, because the thing that makes UUs go “huh” should be the theology: Hymns should avoid using lyrics that have an ABBA rhyme scheme. Hymns should never end in words most people have to look up. Just look at these lyrics as a poem, which is how they started. Not bad, really. …

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STLT#46, Now the Day Is Over

“I have no response to that.” — Angelica, Joe Versus the Volcano Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh, shadows of the evening steal across the sky. Now the leafless landscape settles in repose, waiting for the quiet of the winter snows. Now as twilight gathers let us pause and hear all the slowing pulsebeats …

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