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Sunday, March 01, 2009

old testament music

Once upon a time, probably in the early 1990s, I made a mixed tape of songs that were rooted in the Bible. These were some of them, mostly from the Old Testament. I used Byrds rather than Collins and Collins rather than Cohen, but the rest were the same. Yes, the McFerrin video is weird; just listen to the music.

Our Prayer - SMiLE by Mok


Rock Steady by Sting


Desmond Dekker - The Israelites



Leonard Cohen - Story of Isaac


The Hooters - All You Zombies

Turn, Turn, Turn -Judy Collins with Pete Seeger


BOBBY McFERRIN - The 23rd Psalm - THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD



MELODIANS "RIVERS OF BABYLON" PSALM 137:1


Delta Rhythm Boys - Dry Bones

ROG

1 comment:

Daniel van Riper said...

Catching up a few of your posts this morning... As a blogger don't you hate when some clown gets all excited about some small detail buried in a post? Like it was a matter of life and death? Well, right now, I am that clown.

It's about your collection of Old Testament inspired music. Desmond Dekker's The Israelites is indisputably one of the top ten greatest pieces of music ever created by western civilization. But really, it's not about religion or history, it's about dire poverty very much in the here and now. Check out the lyrics:

http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/hardertheycome/israelites.htm

The word "Israelite" is (was?) used in the islands to refer to very poor people, presumably because they wandered about so much. That,
of course, is your Old Testament connection, but it's pretty thin.
Some of the lines in that song... man...