callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,
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Make a joyful noise

BBC TV's popular Songs of Praise programme has had a poll to pick the top ten favourite hymns. Looking at the list, I see at least three hymns which I really dislike. Radio 4's Sunday has had a much better idea: vote for your favourite but also your least favourite hymn.

It's really hard to choose a favourite hymn out of so many great ones. Most of mine tend to be Lenten hymns, like My Song is Love Unknown and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross or hymns set to tunes by Bach, Holst and other masters. In the end I plumped for Praise, my Soul, the King of Heaven because it's a happy one. For my hate I picked dreary Lord of the Dance because I think the rot set in when it was introduced. Not that I dislike everything modern: it's banality and poverty of language I object to.

You can vote here.
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