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Attributed To G.F. Handel

For many years, one of the go-to songs in my repertoire as a lyrical tenor has been the moving and stately oratorio “Thanks Be To Thee,” attributed to G.F. Handel.  As I was asked to give a solo performance during … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The Songs Of Ascent: Part Two

[Note:  This post is part of a series [1] on the Songs of Ascent] Before we can have much to say about the Songs of Ascent themselves, it is worthwhile to introduce the contents of the Songs of Ascents themselves.  … Continue reading

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Song Review: Color

In reviewing this song I will try to avoid channeling too much of my inner fanboy because I am well aware of the fact that something that might seem like a perfectly Nathanish song may not resonate with other people … Continue reading

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Psalm 26: I Will Wash My Hands In Innocence

When we look at the biblical examples of washing one’s hands, the most vivid picture that comes to mind is that of the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate washing his hands in a vain attempt to demonstrate his innocence in the … Continue reading

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I’m Gonna Wait On The Lord

Although I have written about songs and Bible passages dealing with waiting before [1], it so happens that one of the songs I will be leading the children’s choir at my feast site this year [2] is called “I’m Gonna … Continue reading

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Blackbird

In the title track to their 2003 album “Welcome To The Monkeyhouse,” the Dandy Warhols made an offhand comment that as soon as Michael Jackson died (releasing the Beatles catalog for general use), they would record “Blackbird.” When Michael Jackson … Continue reading

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Why Should I Cry For You?

Nine years ago today, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 59. In the gloomy weeks and months that followed his death, I sought to find a song that captured my own intensely complicated feelings about … Continue reading

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Live To Tell

For a variety of reasons, I had the song “Live To Tell” in my head all day, and before analyzing the lyrics to this very straightforward and melancholy ballad, I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about the song … Continue reading

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And So It Goes

Before I analyze the lyrics of this very worthwhile song, I thought it would be worthwhile to examine some of the context of the song in my personal life. I first became familiar with “And So It Goes” at the … Continue reading

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Psalm 123: Until He Has Mercy On Us

While I have often paid mind to the Psalms of Ascents [1], there are some psalms that have rarely attracted my notice for one reason or another. Because of its relative obscurity, I have seldom stopped to think of Psalm … Continue reading

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