Happy April! FavoriteBoy and I began this month with a lovely morning at church enjoying the beautiful and inspiring arrangements of Ellacombe ('Hosanna Loud Hosanna') and St. Theodulph ('All Glory Laud and Honor') he wrote for organ, trombone, and horn. It was a wonderful Palm Sunday service.
In the church choir, we sang an arrangement of 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' set to the inferior (in my opinion) Lowell Mason tune, but that's okay, because our final 'Amen' was loud and beautiful. The arrangement modulated between every single verse and in the middle of the third verse ('Did e'er such love and sorrow meet'), which I thought was cheesy but the congregation thought was sublime. We probably saved a few souls with the final modulation - which just goes to show that not everyone shares my sophisticated musical tastes.
In any case, I prefer the Rockingham tune for that hymn, which is far prettier.
I should have mentioned this last week, but last Sunday Nathan put together a group of friends to sing in place of the usual church choir. We sang "I got a robe up in-a that kingdom ain'-a that good news" and got lots of 'Amens' from our dignified Congregational congregation, so I'd say it was a big hit.