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Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Five: Our Favorite Music


When I was a very little girl growing up in Virginia, I never missed a Sunday going to Court Street Baptist Church. But there was something else that made Sundays special, and that was "Davey and Goliath." Every week the opening strains of the theme song would find me lying on the floor, chin on hands, looking up expectantly to watch the adventures of a clay boy and his big dog.

What I didn't realize was who wrote that music, the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."


It was the same Martin Luther who said:

"I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor." 


On this Friday before Reformation Sunday, let's talk about music. Share with us five pieces of music that draw you closer to the Divine, that elevate your mood or take you to your happy place. They might be sung or instrumental, ancient or modern, sacred or popular...whatever touches you.

Some of us even love hymns. (Well, I do.)

Please visit one another to read answers, because you never know when you might discover a kindred spirit! Leave a comment here if you play on your blog. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation in the comment box: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.

30 comments:

  1. I've got to drive my daughter to school, but I'll be back and post mine soon!

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  2. I played at my place at work where it is a little difficult to make links and post pictures

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  3. I'm off to Family Weekend at FBC's college, but this is a wondeful FF and I'll play when I return after the weekend. Thanks, Songbird!

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  4. Here's mine. I'm willing to overlook link deficits this week! I'll check in from the office later.

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  5. I'm off to the dentist, but head over to to my blog to check out my latest favourite music. If this isn't spiritual, nothing is.

    (as always, if you can't get to the site because you're not on the private blog list, just email me at

    suecan at gmail dot com and I'll be happy to add your name).

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  6. Here is my rendition of the Friday Five for today. And thanks for the memory of Davy and Goliath. I used to love them, too!

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  7. WOOHOOO!!!! Now I know! Martin Luther said it!! "Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay;" Ihave alway wondered why I was gay. Now I know! It's MUSICK!!

    www.foraseason.blogspot

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  8. Contemplating cosmic connections (and shared struggles for freedom) here!

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  9. Blogger frustrated me, but I played anyway, right here

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  10. Ana Hernandez from the Miserable Offenders is a friend of mine. I love the blend of their voices. I am sorry they aren't doing anymore recording. Thanks for the tunes

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  11. I played...literally. Check it out here.

    I've included links to each. I wanted to embed a couple of videos from youtube...but I cannot get anything to show. There is a box but that is it. Any help?

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  13. I can not seem to make the right symbols on this keyboard to post a link, but stop by www.consider-lilies.blogspot.com if you´d like to read my choices! Sorry about that... each keyboard here is a little different and keys are in different places.

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  14. I played today... in pentecostal, reformation red and Purple, I think I understand your frustration, but I need to comment that many of us with ancient computers (even though I have a basic dsl connection), flinch and run whenever they see an embedded video--I know I do, because it slows down everything, often to a crash. I much prefer links that I can check out on break or lunch time at work.

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  15. Music is grounding, enlightening, soul-lifting and central for me - and I am a NON-musician :). So thank you for this FF , Songbird.

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  16. Music holds lots of memories for me! I played....my blog is where you'll find them.

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  17. This took some thought but I have played and it did my heart good, thank you Songbird!

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  18. Great Friday 5! I played for the first time in a while here.

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  19. I posted some you tubes of some of my favorite songs... here.

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  20. That was a gift my friend. My response to it is here

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  21. Some great plays here, and as so often, I'm surprised by both the diversity and the unity I see in our choices. For RiverSong, I went back and edited my post to include links to use instead of the embedded YouTubes. Purple, I wonder what browser you use? I get different problems with each one (IE, Firefox and Chrome)so now I write my posts using WindowsLiveWriter, then publish the draft to the blog, then preview and do the final edit.

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  22. Here's mine,
    I'm humming along! Thanks, Songbird! A good way to start the weekend.

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  23. Pastor Julia, your link brought us right back here. I hope you'll try again! I only found your group blog at your profile page.

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  24. 1. David Crowder Band's album "A Collision 3+4=7"
    2. Alanis Morisette's album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie"
    3. Patty Griffin's album "Living With Ghosts"
    4. Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" (for childhood's sake)
    5. the song "MLK" in 6 part harmony by The King's Singers

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