Day 14: As Waters Cover the Sea

This is the first time one of the challenge days has…uh, challenged me.  I’m not incredibly private about my music taste; I’m a soundtrack dork, I admitted I enjoy a little “Nights in White Satin”—do I have any shame left?  I also enjoy classical, some country, some hip-hop.  So probably the most unexpected thing I’ve got is my penchant for Christian hymns (or masses, if you go back far enough).

Day Fourteen: A Song No One Would Expect You to Love

Arthur Ainger (lyrics) and Martin F. Shaw (score) – “God is Working His Purpose Out

As you can see from this site, there are two tunes, one in a major key (Benson) and one in a minor key (Purpose).  OBVIOUSLY the minor key is superior.  I first heard this song in the publicly neglected 2002 film version of Nicholas Nickleby, and have this modernized version by some mysterious artist called J.G.

It’s not the weirdest thing to enjoy, but I am not religious, nor was I raised to be religious.  I find certain types of religious music to be very soothing and beautiful, especially around Christmas—who needs “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” when you’ve got “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”?

A couple of extra videos of other religious songs (though they span quite different time periods):

Thomas Tallis, “Spem in Alium”

“Idumea” – a traditional Sacred Harp song


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