Music for a mood

October 2, 2010 — Leave a comment

The uncertainty and loss of the last months have put me in a mood. It’s like a cloud that blows in and settles, then vanishes, only to reappear again. It’s not quite a depression–I’m familiar with that type of blacker cloud–but a feeling of being subdued, numb, dull.

Normally I like upbeat worship music, cheery praise songs, and energetic rock beats [especially while exercising]. But when I’m subdued, I prefer something more mellow, more Psalm-like. I resonate with songs in a minor key.

My Cry Ascends has been just what I’ve needed. It’s a collection of psalms and old hymns, mostly performed in a folk/Celtic style with a few choral pieces too. The rich harmonies and poetic words have been feeding my soul all summer.

One of my favorites is a new version of the hymn, Come Ye Disconsolate

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

Here’s a link to sample the tracks and for a free download of one song:
My Cry Ascends: New Parish Psalms

It’s also available for download on Amazon.

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