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Peace on Earth

0347-34.gifGloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Glory in the highest to God. And on earth peace to men of good will.

The message has been the same for over two thousand years.  When we will listen?

Vivaldi’s GloriaEt in Terra Pax


A Choral Christmas

sheet_music.jpgWHAT sweeter music can we bring,
Than a Carol, for to sing
The Birth of this our heavenly King?
Awake the Voice! Awake the String! 

( Robert Herrick)

Here is the list of some of my favorite things to sing at Christmas that I found on Youtube.  Beautiful music from different times and places. 

 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Bach, J.S. – BWV 1 – 1.)

Bogoroditse Devo

Gabriel’s Message

Victoria – O magnum mysterium

Nativity Carol

For Unto Us a Child is Born (from Handel’s Messiah)

Shepherds’ Farewell

Gloria (From Vivaldi’s Gloria)

Dona Nobis Pacem (Bach’s B Minor Mass)

Saving Thanksgiving #3

“Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen und grüssen froh deine lieblichen Auen; nun lass ich ruhn den Wanderstab, weil Gott getreu ich gepilgart hab!”

“Blest, I may now look on thee, oh my native land, and gladly greet thy pleasant pastures; now I lay my pilgrim’s staff aside to rest because, faithful to God, I have completed my pilgrimage.”  “The Pilgrims’ Chorus” from Wagner’s Tannhauser


 Today is the last of the music playlists for Thanksgiving.  This one is secular, but as with “The Pilgrims’ Chorus” faith seems never too far from thankfulness. I tried to include a selection of different styles of music which should appeal to someone sitting around your table this holiday.  Just don’t sing with your mouthful! Today’s Thanksgiving art is Van Gogh’s Harvest.  A wonderful sense of bounty in the French countryside.


Thanksgiving Playlist

  • “I’ve Got Plenty of Nothing” from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
  • “Thank You” by Sly and the Family Stone
  • “All Good Gifts” from Godspell by Stephen Schwartz
  • “Amazing Grace” by Aretha Franklin
  • “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For” by Bing Crosby
  • “Thank You” by Tori Amos
  • “Be Thankful for What You Got” by Yo La Tengo
  • “Thanksgiving Theme (Peanuts)” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • “Stuffy Turkey” by Thelonious Monk
  • “Mayflower Rock” by Dizzy Gillespie
  • “Thank You” by Ray Davies
  • “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
  • “Cornucopia” by Black Sabbath
  • “Thanksgiving” by Loudon Wainwright III
  • “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant
  • “Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel
  • “Turkey in the Straw” by Flatt and Scruggs
  • “Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler
  • “Thank You” by Dido
  • “Thanksgiving”  by George Winston

cjlhlm.jpgWhen it comes to great music, there’s always room for Wagner.  Of course, once I introduced my children to “The Pilgrims’ Chorus,” I felt honor bound to follow it up with a showing of “What’s Opera, Doc?”  I just can’t think of Wagner without thinking of Bugs Bunny in his Brunhilde costume.  Completely destroys the beauty of the moment.” Elmer: Oh, Bwunehiwda, you’re so wuvwee.”Bugs: “Yes I know it, I can’t help it.” Elmer: “Weturn, my wove / A wonging burns deep inside me.” Bugs: “Return, my love / I want you always beside me.”

It’s  akin to when you learned the camp song, “Be kind to your web footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s brother” before you were old enough to know it was John Phillp Sousa.  Don’t get me started on the Lone Ranger and Rossini or Chopin sonatas and funerals.   Now that I’ve got that out of my system, back to Thanksgiving. 

Saving Thanksgiving #2

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
                                                                                      William Shakespeare

gl_chor.jpgToday’s post will focus on Christian choral music and hymns for Thanksgiving.  It’s the tradition I know best and how I will be celebrating.  Most of the list is traditional music; since I feel so strongly about history and ritual.  I remember singing these hymns when I was very small.  I was dressed as a Pilgrim for one of my first vocal solos.  Loved the starched white bonnet.  I’ve included a few more contemporary pieces that I think will become tradional due to their beauty.   I would love for other people to add comments which include Thanksgiving music from their own faith path.  A later post will deal with secular Thanksgiving music.  I’ve included a few links to performance videos or midi files so you can sing-a-long, explore, or just enjoy.  Today’s artwork is “Angel Choir” by Gustav Klimt.  It’s a lovely representation of giving thanks through praise.  I love the expressions of the angels (and yes, they all seem to be women.)  We usually think of choirs of angels only at Christmas.  How sad.  Remember the hymn phrase “Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise?”  I imagine that’s what angel choirs are all about.

Thanksgiving Choral Anthems

“For the Beauty of the Earth”
Composed by John Rutter

“Simple Gifts”
Arranged by Aaron Copland

“The Promise of Living”
Composed by Aaron Copland

“Sing to the Lord of Harvest”
Composed by Healey Willan

“Time for Turning”
Composed by Craig Courtney

“O Praise the Lord of Heaven”
Composed by William Billings

“Pilgrims’ Chorus”
Composed by Richard Wagner

“Chandos Anthem No.4. ‘O sing unto the Lord a new song'”
Composed by George F. Handel

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Composed by Hugo Distler

 Thanksgiving Hymns
My favorite Thanksgiving hymns are “We Gather Together,” “Now Thank We All our God,” and “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.” For these and other traditional hymns, check out the Cyberhymnal’s Thanksgiving Page.  Although not usually considered Thanksgiving hymns, I would add these to the list.  You can find them on Cyberhymnal as well. 

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
“Praise My Soul,the King of Heaven”
“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”
“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
“How Can I Keep From Singing?”