Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Wondrous Love (Using Music-1)
Music is my best resource for jump-starting my creativity everyday.
Here is one of the most important songs to the novel. For my main character, Micah, this song makes him think of how hard he once believed and how badly he wants to believe again. In fact, when he hears this song, he is able to believe--if only momentarily. Here is one of the all-time greatest voices--Jean Ritchie's--singing one of the best songs I've ever heard. Below that is another version I'm listening to throughout the day as it is closer to the way the song is sung in the novel--by a choir in a large church. "Wondrous Love" is an American folk song that became a standard gospel tune. Because of its elegant lyrics it is often mistaken to be an English ballad but most musicologists believe it came out of the Appalachian tradition and then was folded into worship services, particularly those of the Episcopal church. The internet is such a great resource for novelists because it gives us easy access to things like this that may have been harder to seek out in the past.