Because You Requested It (Music for Mondays)

Happy Monday!  Are you still snowed-in? Hopefully not.  But in case you need a lift before heading out to shovel your driveway, have a listen to this sundry mix from the (not quite famous) YIM Catholic Music for Mondays archives. We’ve got it all this week from Pop to Poetry.  Thank God someone invented YouTube!

We start off with a couple of selections suggested by readers last week, in response to posts. This one was sent to us by Maria and is sung by renowned bass Paul Robeson. The words are from one of our favorite non-Catholic poets, William Blake, from his poem Jerusalem (from Milton),

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green
And was the holy lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen

And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills

Bring me my bow of burning gold
Bring me my arrows of desire
Bring me my spears o’clouds unfold
Bring me my chariot of fire

I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
‘Til we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land
‘Til we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land

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Our next selection was also sent in by a reader: Ennio Morricone directing the theme music from the movie The Mission.

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This is Seal singing Prayer for the Dying from his second album.  One of our readers wrote that she thinks of this song whenever she hears of someone’s untimely death.  This song is about all of us though. Is Seal Catholic? I have no idea. I only recall these words of Our Lord when he was questioned by the Sadducees in the Gospel of Matthew (22:29-33),

Jesus said to them in reply, “You are misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like the angels in heaven. And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

So Seal croons,

There is a light through that window
Hold on say yes, while people say no
‘Cause life carries on

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Speaking of Our Lord, here is one of my favorite modern Catholic hymns sung by a choir from the St. Mary Parish in Alpha, New Jersey.  Here is their blog. Maybe this hymn is one of your favorites too?  The lyrics are based on Psalm 16,

Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord,
“You are my Lord, my only good.”
The gods of the earth are but nothing,
cursed be those who delight in them.
Those who run after foreign gods
only have their sorrows multiplied.
Let me not shed blood for them,
nor their names be heard on my lips.
O Lord, my inheritance and my cup,
my chosen portion – hold secure my lot.
The best part has been allotted to me.
Delightful indeed is my inheritance!
I bless the Lord who counsels me;
even at night my inmost self instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
for with him at my right hand,
I will never be shaken.
My heart, therefore, exults, my soul rejoices;
my body too will rest assured.
For you will not abandon
my soul to the grave,
nor will you suffer your holy one
to see decay in the land of the dead.
You will show me the path of life,
in your presence the fullness of joy,
at your right hand happiness forever. 

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Ash Wednesday is coming up in a few days.  Let’s all go to Church. After all, as this song (which helped make Kansas’s reputation in the late 1970s) notes, all we are is Dust in the Wind.

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  • Mary P.

    Frank, I hadn't heard that song by Seal. But I not only liked it, but I thought it was interesting that he sang in a hallway with many doors. Do you think he could have been a CS Lewis fan?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    @Mary P: I hadn't thought of that but you may be on to something. To be honest, I never saw the video until just recently. But I heard the words in earnest in 2007.

  • Anonymous

    Hi YIM, I have a suggestion-Lifehouse, "Everything". It speaks to me about the Eucharist though I'm sure that's not what it was written about, however, listen to it and see if you see what I mean. Thanks, Regina

  • Maria

    Hey Frank:Hope you are all better. Thanks for putting Robeson up. Isn't he wonderful? I did not know who Seal was. Oh I AM old. Loved the song. Oh and — Ennio Morricone directing the theme music from the movie The Mission? Divine. The chorus at the end is ineffable. Made me cry. I love music mondays. Thanks for all your hard work. You know what I love best about this blog? No one is mean or cranky or judgemental. You know why? I think the Holy Spirit has made a home in you and your confrer, Webster and all your guests. Amazing…The Holy Spirit just isn't taking up a home at all Catholic Blogs.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    @Anon 7:29, I think I hear the call too. I'll put this in the "request" jar.Maria, Amen to that, Amen.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Frank, because I know so little about computers, I cannot send this to you. Maybe you can find it, it's worth a look. The song I suggested, Lifehouse's "Everything" is on youtube with a video. No, not the live version where he's wearing a Marine t-shirt, but the one in which it is set to scenes from The Passion of the Christ. I saw it and thought, Halleluiah-just what I see when I hear that song. Check it out if you can-it's really something-thank you and Webster, Regina

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Regina: Got it.

  • Anonymous

    When I listened to the clip from the Mission, I knew I had heard this music before, despite not having seen the movie – so I did a little digging – and in case anyone else has been wondering the same thing – it's sung beautifully by Sarah Brightman as "Nella Fantasia."


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