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Thread #93597 Message #1805691
Posted By: Ref
09-Aug-06 - 07:16 PM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
I'll weigh in as a (not "for") the UU's. I like a good rousing anthem with readily available harmonies. Cheers for Cwm Rhondda and a lot of the old tunes. I've developed my own theory on the too-frequently execrable UU hymnal (the bastards took out The Battle Hymn Of The Republic which is part of our history and put in the ANC's marching song, which is just about unsingable), including the generally reliable rule that anything written by a lyricist still alive when the damn thing was published is unlikely to please. Such modern hymns are usually treacly and feature forced rhymes and overuse of tricks like triplets which congregations find difficult. UU's generally get all melty and emotional over a piece called "Spirit Of Life", which I think is abhorrent both musically and philosophically, yet its author (still living) also, in defiance of my rules, penned one of my faves. A hoary joke says that UU's make lousy singers because we're too busy reading ahead to see if we agree with the words!