I received an email today from an anonymous blogger promoting their site Postmodern Liturgist Resources. Don’t let the title fool you, this is actually a great parody site with some very funny versions of modern hymns and commentary. Here is a sample of one of the parodies set to Lord of the Dance.
I swayed with the choir
when the gath’ring song was sung
Then I pranced right up the aisle
When the Sanctus bell was rung
Then I sashayed around the altar
And I danced a little more,
But I tripped over my chasuble and landed on the floor.
I’ll be dancing everywhere, you see,
for I am Liturgical Dance.” said she
And I’ll lead you all, whoever you may be
Into doing Liturgical Dance with me.”
Here are some of my own liturgical song parodies.
And my most well know liturgist parody.
This stuff is funny! Well, to a healthy mind at least. I know a few people who would only find their conspiracy theories heightened by this kind of humor, the times being such as they are. 😉
Actually, Neil, the original Shaker tune was used for the text, Simple Gifts, and was the first text (and only one for years that I knew) attached to the tune.
Progressives have been writing parodies on tunes, sometimes on their very own songs, for years. I worked for a conservative pastor about fifteen years ago who took a dim view to this work. One of my choirs thus “rewarded” him with a special work of their own.
In summer liturgical music school two decades ago, one of our professors used to rewrite the lyrics to various performance pieces we prepared to sing at one of our last parties. Nothing quite like singing strangeness arranged by Bach, Brahms, et. al..
Am I wrong, or does that first one go well to the theme of the Beverly Hillbillies?
That’s messed up. I have been listening to Nirvana lately and kept thinking of the current situation of the Church. My version would be called “Smells Like Sunday Morning”
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