Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Psalm Sing At Last

After a very long stretch of time without any psalm sings, we finally managed to arrange a last-minute psalm sing earlier this month.  We had a very nice time singing, visiting, and eating delicious leftover birthday cake.

We worked on two tunes: Glenluce and Bloxham.  Glenluce is a very old and very simple melody with a very interesting and unusual harmony.  You may have heard other recordings of this tune, like this one and this one.  We thought it was a good fit for the last half of Psalm 42.

Psalm 42:6-11 to Glenluce

Bloxham starts out just like Colchester, but then heads in a very different direction.

Psalm 119:97-104 to Bloxham


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Psalms Sung

A friend in Scotland has put together a nice website with recordings of psalm singing.  He's posted recordings from several different psalters, but they are now sorted so that you can easily listen to just the recordings from your favorite psalter.  Here's the link to the recordings from the Scottish Psalter:

The Scottish Metrical Psalter (1650) on The Psalms Sung

If you hit "play" the tracks will play through consecutively, so I like to pull up this site when I have housework to do, or sweaters to unravel.

In other news, we had a very nice communion season earlier this month, with a number of visitors, including a family that stayed with us for two weeks; so it's been a busy but enjoyable month.  I would have a lot to blog about, if I had time for blogging. :)  I'll try to at least post a few photos some time soon.