Once upon a time, my husband Bob was a choir boy. I guess you can take a boy out of the choir but you can’t take the choir out of the man. Or something like that.
Just this past week he revealed that this Bach cantata was his most favorite piece of music from those years. He further revealed that he had bought us tickets to hear the cantata performed. It was a most special date.
Thought you might enjoy this music. And if you don’t have much time, skip to 13:30 in the program for an amazing few minutes with the Chorale 4.
This is only the translation of the Chorale 4:
Zion hört die Wächter singen,
Zion hears the watchmen sing,
Das Herz tut ihr vor Freuden springen,
her heart leaps for joy,
Sie wachet und steht eilend auf.
she awakes and gets up in haste.
Ihr Freund kommt vom Himmel prächtig,
Her friend comes from heaven in his splendour,
Von Gnaden stark, von Wahrheit mächtig,
strong in mercy, mighty in truth.
Ihr Licht wird hell, ihr Stern geht auf.
Her light becomes bright, her star rises.
Nun komm, du werte Kron,
Now come, you worthy crown,
Herr Jesu, Gottes Sohn!
Lord Jesus, God’s son!
Wir folgen all
We all follow
to the hall of joy
Und halten mit das Abendmahl.
and share in the Lord’s supper.
Find the whole cantata translated here.
Alice Herz Sommer — amazing woman, musician, Holocaust survivor — describes the healing power of music
The first music, I’m sure, was sung by angels… who to this very day sing out the praises of God.
But closer to home there are composers… and skilled musicians whose creative gifts image the loving God who creates.
Even though music and grace and two different things, I think they act on us humans in similar ways. I think Alice Herz Sommers is on to that, here in her commentary about music, though she uses different words to describe it.
In recent weeks, there have been pianos all over Boston, thanks to “Play Me, I’m Yours.” It’s a wee bit colder here now, but what a great idea! Here’s some recent video on the project.
A little overview:
A few sweet moments:
A mini jazz concert:
Dad and Son:
And finally a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. over at Boston University.
Here’s a day brightener! I love this OB/GYN doc welcoming new babies into the world with a song!
And if you need to quit your job, there are letters of resignation, and then there are songs of resignation… a unique way to do it!
Another music post… “Mater Eucharistiae” from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Telling the world about the love of God via their ministry and their subsequent television appearances, the Sisters have a wonderful new recording.
From the Sisters of Mary website:
Mater Eucharistiae is the first ever recording from The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
The fifteen peaceful and serene songs of this debut release will include original compositions written by the Sisters that reflect their Dominican spirituality, along with a selection of modern and ancient hymns and chants in English and in Latin.
Singing both a capella and with the accompaniment of organ, trumpet, and chimes, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have created a collection that is reflective of the music in their daily community life.
The Sisters may be recognized due to their multiple appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the extensive publicity they have received in the US and Canada through outlets such as The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, CNN, Fox News and beyond. The Dominican Sisters of Mary placed in the finals of the recent season of The American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on The Game Show Network. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, founded 16 years ago and with 110 sisters currently in the Community, also have teaching missions in schools all over the US. They chant the Divine Office throughout the day and their favorite hymns throughout the year, while also composing music of their own. They follow in the thirteenth-century footsteps of St. Dominic, while very much engaging the modern world. Their Motherhouse is in Ann Arbor, MI, and they are in the process of raising funds to construct a new priory in Texas.