I am not a music maker just a music lover. I do love making a joyful noise and I so miss singing in church. I miss the vibrations in the wooden floor as Ryan powers up the organ. I miss the harmonies sung by the choir, the ringing of bells and the cantor’s clear soprano voice soaring above the congregation.
I bet you miss them too.
On May 24th, Ryan orchestrated an awesome online hymn sing via Zoom and streamed it live on Facebook. So much fun and so good for the spirit! I hope you got to sing along!
Even at home, somewhat or somewhat not, alone — singing at the top of our lungs or humming along with a tune — is good for the soul. Our Emmanuel at Home Morning Prayer relies on Youtube’s musical catalogue. It’s free you know. Each week we strive to provide a variety of beautiful music — with the lyrics so that you can raise your voice in song — no matter where you are.
(And because singing propels your breath which potentially spreads the virus, the safest place to sing right now is at home.)
Finding the Sunday hymns is not an easy task. Lots of great music on Youtube has no words. And often the performances that do have lyrics are just terrible! (But I do love hunting for them each week.:)
In the purple and penitential season, I put together a musical meditation: Fortify, a 40-Day Mixtape for Lent — a playlist on Spotify. Parishioners have told me it continues to lift their spirits even after Lent has past.
Having discovered lots of new musicians and music in my searches, I thought I would put together a new mixtape for Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is another name for the season of Pentecost. That long green season in which we dwell in the ordinary and the everyday. It begins after The Feast of Pentecost (not including Trinity Sunday) and continues through the summer and the fall. It comes to a close as Advent and a new liturgical year begin. It’s long!
Glorify: A Mixtape for Ordinary Time intentionally mixes genres. You’ll hear early American shape-note singing, renaissance motets, instrumental pieces, acapella voices, acoustic guitars, traditional hymns, choral anthems, bluegrass bands, as well as, contemporary Christian artists, folk tunes, spirituals and just a touch of jazz. Spiritually, it has an eclectic anglican, catholic & evangelical vibe. Discover familiar voices singing new songs — and familiar songs sung by new voices.
(The discovering is more than half the fun!)
Via Youtube here is an alphabetic sampling of the artists featured on the playlist:
Anonymous 4, Shall We Gather at the River?
Audrey Assad, Immanuel’s Land
Boston Camerata, Pretty Home
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Hope
Brother Isaiah, Sweet Simplicity
Cantus, What Wondrous Love is This?
Jon Foreman, House of God Forever
Josh Garrels, Farther Along
JJ Heller, Your Hands
Kari Jobe, I Am Not Alone
Alison Krauss, I’ll Fly Away
L’Angelus, Sing of Mary
Matt Maher, Because He Lives
John Mark & Sarah McMillan, King of My Heart
Fernando Ortega, Kyrie I
Andrew Petersen, Is He Worthy?
Chris Rice, (Untitled Hymn) Come to Jesus
Matt Rollings (with the Blind Boys of Alabama,) Wade in the Water
Shane & Shane, Psalm 23: Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy
The Hillbilly Thomists, Poor Wayfaring Stranger
The King’s Singers, MLK
The Oh Hellos, Memoriam
Matthew West, Truth Be Told
Young Oceans, Until These Tears are Gone
So while you are walking, cleaning your house, mowing your lawn or falling asleep in a chair, take a listen, shuffle and enjoy!
— Joani Peacock, May 2020
The Rev. Joani Peacock, Editor for Emmanuel Voices: A Parish Blog