The Music

God’s creation is not the only thing that touches me at the depths of my soul. You may find that, for yourself, like me, music does that as well. In fact, I think nature and music often go hand-in-hand to naturalists. But beyond the singing of birds, beyond the echoes of one’s voice in mountain valleys or at the shore of still lakes at night, beyond the impulse to break into songs of praise upon seeing something of natural beauty – music itself, like nature, often has a power to translate us into God’s very presence. It is no wonder that some of the great philosophers since before the time of Christ have referred to one aspect of creation, the heavens, as producing ‘the music of the spheres.’ Even Martin Luther, not to be forgotten as a gifted hymnwriter (A Mighty Fortress is our God, Away in a Manger and many others) is quoted as saying, “Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.” I could not agree more.

…Music itself, like nature, often
has a power to translate us
into God’s very presence.

My blog writings on creation not infrequently lead me into references to Christian hymns and songs, so I thought it might be of interest for readers who share these two loves with me to be able to reference back to earlier posts that deal with some of the great songs of our faith. As a result, it occurred to me that an index tab at my blog’s masthead might be a helpful tool for doing so. Maybe you remember a musical post that touched you and you’d like to find it again but can’t remember when it was published. Or maybe you are newer to this blog and want to reference some of the previous posts that combined a love for music and a love for nature. Then this index is for you. Who knows, it might serve you some quiet evening when you are looking for something uplifting to inspire you before you sleep!

Here are the listings of songs about which I have written, and links to them:

-- All Creatures of our God and King, by Francis of Assisi, music by Peter von Brachel:

-- Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies, words and music by Charles Wesley:  http://www.rickmylander.com/2015/04/blowin-in-wind-another-song-for-season.html 

-- Creation Calls, by Brian Doerksenhttp://www.rickmylander.com/2014/02/blowin-in-wind-creation-calls-and-bbc.html

-- Day is Done (or, what we sometimes call Taps), by Horace Lorenzo Trim, music traditional:

-- Doxology, by Thomas Ken, music by Thomas Mainzer:
http://www.rickmylander.com/2015/12/from-my-nature-journal-creation-doxology.html

-- For the Beauty of the Earth, by F.S. Pierpoint, music by Conrad Kocher:

-- Hallelujahs, by Chris Rice:

-- Have You Seen Jesus, My Lord, by John Fisher:  http://www.rickmylander.com/2015/05/qotm-thomas-merton.html

-- How Great Thou Art (see O Mighty God below)

-- In God My Soul Rests as on Placid Water, by Carl Boberg:

-- Indescribable, by Laura Story and Chris Tomlin:
http://www.rickmylander.com/2014/05/blowin-in-wind-indescribable-by-laura.html

-- Joy to the World, by Isaac Watts, music by G.F. Handel:

-- Ladder of Mercy, lyrics and music traditional: http://www.rickmylander.com/2014/04/from-my-nature-journal-go-climb-tree.html

-- O Mighty God, by Carl Boberg, music traditional:

-- Thanks to God for my Redeemer
by J.A. Hultman, music by August Storm: http://www.rickmylander.com/2015/11/blowin-in-wind-ja-hultman-and-thanks-to.html

-- The Red Dragonfly ( in Japanese, Akatonbo, or 赤とんぼ), by Rofu Miki, music by Kosaku Yamada: http://www.rickmylander.com/2014/04/blowin-in-wind-akatonbo-or-red-dragonfly.html 

-- Taps (see Day is Done above)  
       
-- We Plow the Fields and Scatter, by Matthias Claudius, music by Johann A.P. Schulz:

More to come!

2 comments:

  1. April 12 , 2018 . Hi Rick and Gail . John and Jo Reinhart here.We have got so much to share ! Only God and His time will make it happen . When I (John) first heard the song "I Can Only Imagine " by Mercy Me , it hit me like a ton of spiritual bricks into that zone where the only thing there is is God's loving presence. It still stops me in my tracks, and causes me to stop and just settle and listen .Then the movie came out, and I understood why.Most of the songs in your list do the
    same . . . . more in future e-mail . . .
    In His Kinda Love , John and Jo Reinhart

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    1. Great to hear from you, John. Yes, music does that to me as well. Most meaningful time I ever heard "I Can only Imagine"? At Tim McDunn's funeral, sung by Seth Bjorklund. It blew me away. I was only vaguely familiar with it at that point. Looking forward to seeing the movie. Love you guys!

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