Sing (unaccompanied) to the Lord, all the earth

My inner Scots Presbyterian is greatly enjoying an album I downloaded yesterday: Sing a New Song, a collection of 17 metrical psalms taken from The Book of Psalms for Singing.

They are all sung in four-part harmony by an unaccompanied choir. Unaccompanied because, as we know, the use of musical instruments in church is the devil’s work – and when you hear some of these tracks, you’ll begin to come round to that point of view. I also love the fact that you can distinctly hear the choir’s Scottish accents.

All this for a $12 download (about six quid at the moment thanks to Gordon Brown’s Strong and Stable Poond). Altogether now: why are you still here?

If you need more persuasion, one of the tracks (part of Psalm 119), is available for free download (or click here for direct link to MP3).

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9 Responses to Sing (unaccompanied) to the Lord, all the earth

  1. Ross Nixon says:

    My current congregation thinks they need a tight, loud band for all the music. And many of the songs have wishy-washy lyrics.

    That free download was awe-inspiring and reminded me of the old unaccompanied Open Brethren hymns … though our singing quality was never that good.

  2. JR Hermeneut says:

    Altogether now: why are you still here?

    I seem to be lacking an inner Scots Presbyterian.
    Cannot … willnot … click that … link…

    Sorry. No can do.

  3. Phil Walker says:

    Altogether now: why are you still here?

    Because my Inner Scots Presbyterian accuseth me, saying, “You’ll nae be thinkin’ tae conduck commerce on the Laird’s Sabbath?” 😉

  4. Gavin says:

    I’m much more a fan of the Genevan tunes, although I also don’t have the inner Scot.

  5. Rick Ritchie says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only Lutheran with an inner Scots Presbyterian.

    I really do miss the bagpipes from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where I grew up.

  6. John H says:

    Phil: LOL. Good point. I’m a little surprised the C&C website was operational yesterday: the Free Church Bookshop website shuts down over the Sabbath.

    Rick: bagpipes. Yikes. It obviously wasn’t one of those Presbyterian churches whose constitution forbids any musical instruments from ever being taken onto the premises, let alone used in worship. (Although… [insert your own “bagpipes” and “musical instruments” joke here.])

    Gavin: I also prefer the Genevan tunes to the Common Metre tyranny of the old Scottish Psalter. The psalms on the CD are a little more varied, though. And you may be interested in this post from last year, which includes links to various “Genevan jigs” online. And this post has links to a three-part Credenda Agenda series on the Genevan Psalter.

  7. My inner Scots Presbyterian is greatly enjoying…

    …about six quid at the moment thanks to Gordon Brown’s Strong and Stable Poond…

    But does Gordon Brown approve your choice or would he rather you were down with the kids, listening to the Arctic Monkeys? Truly, he’s a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. Which demographic did you say you represented again?

  8. John H says:

    Well, Gordon did claim to be a big fan of Rufus Wainwright the other week, so there may be some common ground there…

  9. Rick Ritchie says:

    “It obviously wasn’t one of those Presbyterian churches whose constitution forbids any musical instruments from ever being taken onto the premises, let alone used in worship.”

    Yes. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was an un-Presbyterian Presbyterian church. (For which I’m half thankful and half not.) But you were more likely to hear Mozart or Widor there than bagpipes.

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