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malcolm chamberlain

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Manchester Passion #2

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

OK, so some of the songs used in the Manchester Passion didn't work too well (not too sure about the point of the M People stuff, but then I've never been much of a fan!) but other songs worked REALLY well. I found the Last Supper with the words of institution interspersed with Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' very powerful.

The best for me though, and the most enlightening in terms of re-interpreting a well listened to song, was the use of James' 'Sit Down' in the Gethsemane scene. The chorus obviously chimes with Jesus 'watch and pray' request of Peter and co, but was I alone in spotting the parallels with the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount (I know I wasn't because my wife pointed it out to me!!)...

Those who feel the breath of sadness
(blessed are those who mourn)
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
(blessed are the poor in spirit)
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
(blessed are the meek)
Sit down next to me...
So, it may be a bit convoluted, but the sentiment of the song is a very Christlike one don't you think?
All are welcome - none are excluded.

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 2:29 PM

2 Comments:

hey fella, so you finally started too...

i gave in under pressure from pip to start a while back, addictive and a strange source of cyber-community. Good you are blogging...got the link through mr baker

hope all is well with your tribe friend, it's been a long time...

Good to hear from you mate. I'll check your blog out - maybe we can throw some stuff backwards and forwards! The tribe are all well thanks - hope yours are too!

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 7:33 PM  

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