I TOOK PART IN A SURVEY the other day as suggested by the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. It revolved around music, with an eye on revising the hymnal currently in use. What follows are a few of my thoughts I wrote down in the "Got Anything Else to Say" section:
- I'm not opposed at all to new music, provided it's beautiful (according to what I say is beautiful, of course) and theologically sound—by which I mean orthodox, according to the Scriptures and the tradition of the Christian church and her seven ecumenical councils.
- I cannot stand sappy music, and much of what came out of Western revivalism is just that. I'd excise those portions from the hymnbook right now, if I could.
- All Anglican churches, including my own, ought to devote more time to the singing of the Psalter.
- I do not trust a revision of the hymnal, unless those revisions include: (1) the removal of revivalistic Americana [and its attendant civil religion]; (2) the inclusion of ancient hymns both Western and Eastern; and (3) the absence of any modern hymns one may find in a Unitarian-Universalist's hymnbook.
The survey also ended with the ridiculous question, "If you were stuck on a desert island, which eight songs would you want to have with you?" It's ridiculous, of course, because who can pick just eight songs? Everytime I look at this, I want to change it, but here's what I wrote:
- "Across the Universe" —the Beatles
- "Blackbird" —the Beatles
- "With or Without You" —U2
- "Until the End of the World" —U2
- "Song Remains the Same" —Led Zeppelin
- "Ramble On" —Led Zeppelin
- "All I Want" —Joni Mitchell
- "St. Matthew's Passion" —Bach (it has two movements, but it's broken up in several parts on youtube)