Cardiphonia is prepping this week to release our 6th compilation – this time drawing from the Egyptian Hallel – a unique set of Psalms (113-118) that have long been associated with passover/seder celebrations. I’m very excited for you all to read the article that Dr. Scott Redd has written on how to include these psalms in your holy week celebrations.
On every flash mob compilation (we only give the artists a month to write and record) we try to provide some fun challenges – this time we invited a number of artists to write their own texts. Along with Bifrost Arts and others we are trying to take our immersion in old texts as a schooling point from which we can begin to write our own. And the writers on this one have not disappointed…there are some fantastic poets among us wrestling with how to bring the Psalms to singing life in our churches.
Along with the original texts we have also used old psalter texts from Isaac Watts, Gadsby, Anne Steele, and a few others.
The arrangements vary from a 4-part hymn written by Jess Alldredge at Grace Church Seattle to a blues-rock jam from Redemption Hill in Richmond. It’s a wonderful and instructive blend of musical styles to singing the psalms congregationally…something that the modern church struggles with. One of our chief hopes for this compilation is to provide a sampling of ways to sing the psalms like a few others have been working on recently.
If all goes well the album should show up on BandCamp by friday.
Till then you should really listen to John Witvliets talk “Psalms: A Gymnasium for the Soul.” This idea is taken from the writings of many early church fathers but is a specific quote from Ambrose on the psalms.
In the Book of Psalms there is profit for all, with healing power for our salvation. There is instruction from history, teaching from the law, prediction from prophecy, chastisement from denunciation, persuasion from moral preaching. All who read it may find the cure for their own individual failings. All with eyes to see can discover in it a complete *gymnasium for the soul, a stadium for all the virtues, equipped for every kind of exercise; it is for each to choose the kind he judges best to help him gain the prize. (Commentary an Psalm 1:4,8)