End of the World (Asia)

Click the above to listen to the song by the progressive rock band Asia. Here are the lyrics: “End Of The World” Buildings burning, blazing in the night Searchlight sweeping, lazer beams of light Desolation, smoke has filled the sky Siren wailing, who can hear my cry? So the darkness leaves me never And the [Read More...]

Holding Out for a Rapture

After I shared a link to some parody songs that appeared on the blog “Stuff Fundies Like,” Chris Eyre shared a post that he wrote a while back with some modified song lyrics, to be sung to the tune of a famous Bonnie Tyler song. Here’s the chorus of “Holding Out For a Rapture”: I [Read More...]

Closer to Fine

I confess that I don’t really know the music of the Indigo Girls, even though I have long been aware that “become one of the Indigo Girls” was an answer to the question “what can you do with a degree in religion?” Yesterday I heard their song “Closer to Fine” on the radio, and its [Read More...]

Let Me Not Be Proud

Here’s another hymn from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood: Oh let me not be proud, dear Lord, Nor rank myself above The other Primates, through whose genes We grew into your Love. A million million years, Your Days, Your methods pass discerning, Yet through your blend of DNAs Came passion, mind, and learning. [Read More...]

I Stand

I recently heard this song for the first time when it was performed by the Indianapolis Show Choir at a picnic at my church. The lyrics struck me, and looking into it, I discovered that the song was originally performed by Idina Menzel, and was written to draw awareness to the issue of depression.   [Read more...]

Surf to Song Number…

From Cartoon Church   [Read more...]

In Christ Alone

David French blogged about the Presbyterian Church USA removing the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its hymnal, because its authors refused a proposed change to the lyrics that did away with the notion of Christ’s death as satisfying God’s justice. It isn’t often that I agree with French, but I do when he writes: The [Read More...]

Information Literacy Song Lead Sheets

I had a request for lead sheets (lyrics and chords) for the three information literacy songs I shared here recently. The request came from a teacher who wanted to use them in a high school – to be performed on the ukulele. I would love to have a chance to hear how that sounds! Anyway, having [Read More...]

Let Angels Prostate Fail

Spelling matters. How do you get the archaic contraction “pow'r” right and yet “prostrate” wrong? Let the jokes about whether angels are male begin… From Instagram via Jim West   [Read more...]

Hosanna (Cheesy Christian Version)

I’ve mentioned before that I think it would be fun to make a Christian version of the Toto song “Rosanna.” But I’ve allowed another Easter season to go by without making one. Maybe the reason is that it is so easy to do a really cheesy and theologically objectionable version by making as few changes [Read More...]

How To Write a Song

Via Daniel Florien, I became aware of the video above, “How To Write a Worship Song” in five minutes or less. I’ve been doing some songwriting lately, and so I appreciated the humor. But the truth is that much human music, secular or sacred, is the same chord progressions with some pinky movements, and lyrics [Read More...]


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