Sunday, August 18, 2019


There is a time to write and a time to refrain from writing.

I will be reading Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 for a friend who died two weeks ago. This past week we have been commuting to Duncan to clean our son's house. He had a fall and is in ICU with a long iffy recovery ahead of him. He was already severely disabled from an accident in 1996. The house may no longer be manageable for a one-sided man.

A time to give birth, a time to die.

A time to sing, a time to play, a time to wonder at the sins of humanity perpetrated upon its children.

My music is at the YouTube channel for thedrmacdonald. It accumulates experiment by experiment as I learn and explore the scriptural accents.

There is no need to sing the New Testament. Even if rendered in Hebrew. It is quite different from a song. But Jonah gives as good as it gets with the words of Jesus in the background. The only sign for an unbelieving generation. I have done Jonah as a cantata, and as a string suite.

Was there ever a generation who believed?

Here is Psalm 24 - all thoughts piling on top of each other. You will find the raw music on the resource page link at Energion. The music for it is part of day 1 of my oratorio, Unleashing Leviathan.

Psalms 24 Fn Min Max Syll
לְדָוִ֗ד מִ֫זְמ֥וֹר
לַֽ֭יהוָה הָאָ֣רֶץ וּמְלוֹאָ֑הּ
תֵּ֝בֵ֗ל וְיֹ֣שְׁבֵי בָֽהּ
1 of David, a psalm.
The earth is Yahweh's and her fullness,
the world and those sitting in her.
3e 4B 5
כִּי־ה֭וּא עַל־יַמִּ֣ים יְסָדָ֑הּ
וְעַל־נְ֝הָר֗וֹת יְכוֹנְנֶֽהָ
2 For he, he founded her on seas,
and on rivers establishes her.

3e 4B 7
מִֽי־יַעֲלֶ֥ה בְהַר־יְהוָ֑ה
וּמִי־יָ֝קוּם בִּמְק֥וֹם קָדְשֽׁוֹ
3 Who will ascend the hill of Yahweh,
and who will arise into his holy place?
3e 4A 7
נְקִ֥י כַפַּ֗יִם וּֽבַר־לֵ֫בָ֥ב
אֲשֶׁ֤ר ׀ לֹא־נָשָׂ֣א לַשָּׁ֣וְא נַפְשִׁ֑י
וְלֹ֖א נִשְׁבַּ֣ע לְמִרְמָֽה
4 Those of innocent palms and pure heart,
one who has not lifted me up to vanity,
and not sworn in deceit.
3e 4C 8
יִשָּׂ֣א בְ֭רָכָה מֵאֵ֣ת יְהוָ֑ה
וּ֝צְדָקָ֗ה מֵאֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׁעֽוֹ
5 Such will bear a blessing from Yahweh,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
3e 4B 9
זֶ֭ה דּ֣וֹר דֹּרְשָׁ֑יו
מְבַקְשֵׁ֨י פָנֶ֖יךָ יַעֲקֹ֣ב סֶֽלָה
6 g This generation searches him out,
by seeking your face O Jacob. Selah.

3e 4B 4
שְׂא֤וּ שְׁעָרִ֨ים ׀ רָֽאשֵׁיכֶ֗ם וְֽ֭הִנָּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵ֣י עוֹלָ֑ם
וְ֝יָב֗וֹא מֶ֣לֶךְ הַכָּבֽוֹד
7 Lift up, O gates, your heads, and be lifted up, O doors everlasting,
and the king of glory will come in.
3e 4C 16
מִ֥י זֶה֮ מֶ֤לֶךְ הַכָּ֫ב֥וֹד
יְ֭הוָה עִזּ֣וּז וְגִבּ֑וֹר
יְ֝הוָ֗ה גִּבּ֥וֹר מִלְחָמָֽה
8 f Who is this? The king of glory,
Yahweh strong and prevailing,
Yahweh prevailing in battle.
3e 4C 7
שְׂא֤וּ שְׁעָרִ֨ים ׀ רָֽאשֵׁיכֶ֗ם וּ֭שְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵ֣י עוֹלָ֑ם
וְ֝יָבֹא מֶ֣לֶךְ הַכָּבֽוֹד
9 Lift up, O gates, your heads, and lift up, doors everlasting,
and the king of glory will come in.
3e 4C 14
מִ֤י ה֣וּא זֶה֮ מֶ֤לֶךְ הַכָּ֫ב֥וֹד
יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֑וֹת
ה֤וּא מֶ֖לֶךְ הַכָּב֣וֹד סֶֽלָה
10 C Who is he? This king of glory,
Yahweh of hosts.
He is the king of glory. Selah.
3e 4C 8

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