« online rally to restore Anglican sanity and/or comprehensiveness | Main | Dylan gets fit: Day One »

a most serious matter facing General Convention

I face a great dilimma at General Convention this year, and I hope via this blog to conduct a churchwide conversation to assist discernment.

As some of you know, at last GC I borrowed a travel electric guitar and performed a composition with original lyrics. The song's title was "I Will Survive (General Convention)." I am told that it was most inspiring. I can only thank our Creator and the angels for working through me to encourage the saints in this way.

I have been asked to do at least one other such song at this convention. Thus far, contenders include:

  • "(You Say You Want a) Resolution"
  • "Changes" (to the tune of David Bowie's great song; this one would have to be about TEC structure)
  • "Episcopalians" (to the tune of Bowie's "Young Americans")
  • "The Ones Who Sold the Church" (to the Bowie/Nirvana tune -- I think this one's probably too edgy)
  • "Smells Like [something -- Sweet Incense?]" (I'm clearly on a Nirvana kick)
  • "Tridium" (to the tune of Nirvana's "Lithium")
  • "500 Miles" (the Proclaimers' song on the Shrek soundtrack -- a tribute to how much we have to walk at GC)

My instrument this year is a "mandobird" -- an electric mandolin designed like a Gibson Firebird guitar:

image from www.tdpri.com

... and the mandolin is a particularly appropriate instrument for when I sing the Indigo Girls "Ozilline" as a tribute to Miss Lydia Wilkins of Pasadena, CA, who died two months' short of her 107th birthday in 2010 -- and who I can say from personal witness looked WAY better in my black leather motorcycle jacket than I did. My love to the whole Tatum-Harris clan.

image from 1.bp.blogspot.com

But for the General Convention song(s), do any of the above stand out? Any other suggestions? I can easily make the mandobird sound like an electric guitar with effects, so the possibilities are staggering. Since I've only played mandolin for a few weeks, though, it probably should be too musically complex. (I told my committee chairs that our music for worship could not, unfortunately, include St. Patrick's Breastplate.)

July 5, 2012 in Churchiness, Just for Fun, Music, Where's Dylan? | Permalink

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c234653ef017616247333970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference a most serious matter facing General Convention:

Comments

I think it has to be "Changes"

(Thinking of Bishop Lane's words in his video)

http://www.episcopalcafe.com/lead/general_convention_2012_live/view_from_the_convention_the_b.html

Posted by: Kurt Wiesner | Jul 5, 2012 11:07:27 AM

Seems unthinkable that such a request should come without a Twitter hashtag.

I posted a few suggestions under #GC77ThemeSongs.

Torey Lightcap
Iowa

Posted by: Torey Lightcap | Jul 5, 2012 11:11:16 AM

I wonder if everyone here is secretly singing "I did it my way". A friend suggests, "There's a whole lotta shaking going on".

Posted by: Paul Colbert | Jul 5, 2012 1:49:00 PM

I think Mamma Mia by ABBA. It's lyrics are perfect! Just look:
I've been cheated by you since I don't know when
So I made up my mind, it must come to an end
Look at me now, will I ever learn?
I don't know how but I suddenly lose control
There's a fire within my soul
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know,
My my, I could never let you go.

I've been angry and sad about things that you do
I can't count all the times that I've told you we're through
And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won't be away too long
You know that I'm not that strong.
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, even if I say
Bye bye, leave me now or never
mamma mia, it's a game we play
Bye bye doesn't mean forever

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go
Mamma mia, now I really know
My my, I could never let you go

Posted by: Matthew Cadwell | Jul 5, 2012 1:49:55 PM

"Losing My Religion" -> "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". You're welcome.

Posted by: mojwnun | Jul 5, 2012 2:33:15 PM

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," by Kelly Clarkson.

Posted by: Maria Evans | Jul 5, 2012 5:29:01 PM

Too good to let go after hearing it tonight - There's something happening here - as done by Buffalo Springfield. It seems to work on sooooo many levels ;-)

Posted by: Paul Colbert | Jul 5, 2012 8:41:38 PM

Post a comment