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Sunday, March 07, 2010
SONGS LIKE INCENSE
by The Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey
ABBEY RECORDINGS 41001 1978 STEREO
How good and how pleasant (Ps132) 2:54 There is one thing I ask of the Lord (Ps26:1;4;13-14) 2:32 Holy, holy, holy (Ps148:2;11-12;12) 2:56 May your love be upon us (Ps32:2-3;6-7;20-22) 3:04 If today you hear his voice (Ps94:1-7) 2:58
My prayers come before you like incense (Ps140:1;2;2;8-9, adapted)4:45 Happy the People (Ps32:12-13;18-19; Vs. #3:Cf. Eph. 1:17-18) 2:30 This poor man called (Ps85:1-2;5-6;9-10) 2:30 How great is your name (Ps8:2;4-9) 3:01 Come, Lord, bring to us your peace (Ps54:2-3; Ps41:2;3) 3:07 The love of the Lord is everlasting (Ps102:1-2;3-4;11-12;17) 3:07
Editor's note: the liner notes say that these are basically new translations of old standards to the sounds of the day. Which on the surface of things sounds great until you realize that this is 2010 and the sound of the day is CRAP! 1978 is a world away musically and much has happened to the detriment of both sound, melody and musicianship. I hope the monks aren't putting out something that sounds like a Lady Gaga, Saliva, Jonas Brothers and John Mayer hybrid. Actually, maybe I am. It would be great vinyl listening if only the Compact Disc hadn't ruined everything. As for this record: sing a psalm of sixpence and a pocket full of rye whiskey and drink yourself into a deep devotional trance. But first grab your acoustic and strum along ye heathens.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!