Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Spirit Rejoices: All Creatures and When You Come Back Down

{sweet sounds for your Mass and reception}

Now that it's Easter, I think it's appropriate to work in a Hallelujah whenever possible.  Combine that with the fact that springtime is all about new life and wonderment at the Lord's creation, and you've got the perfect expression of praise for a wedding during the Easter season.  All Creatures of Our God and King fits the bill pretty nicely, don't you think?  Glory.  I found this pretty, slowed-down duet by Christian singers Bethany Dillon and Shawn McDonald- it's got a nice stately sound that would be perfect for a processional.  Around the 3-minute mark, it gets kind of weird and modern, but just listen up to that point and you'll get a sense of what I'm talking about (also, feel free to ignore the pictures of baby animals and rushing water in the video).

Truth: weddings are hard on parents.  And not just on their bank accounts.  You're taking this big new step; you're still their baby; you're leaving the nest; you can always come home; all that good stuff.  Unless you decide to go the comedy route, the parent-child boogie pretty much guarantees waterworks.  That doesn't mean you're stuck dancing with your dad to some sappy ballad, though.  Unless you want to.  Nickel Creek, a favorite of mine, knows what it's like to let someone go.  When You Come Back Down is a sweet, bluegrassy number about the courage to give someone her freedom and the fortitude to still be there whenever she needs to lean on you.  A sampling of these sentiments:

My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn
And I won't feel your fire
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine
I'm strung out on that wire.

Such a lovely, lovely choice for a father-daughter or mother-son dance.  Listen to the song here:

Next up: Keep your heart aflutter.


  1. I absolutely love "All Creatures of Our God and King." It is such a wonderful hymn of praise. The version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is especially moving. Another good one is "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty." My friend used that as the processional at her wedding.

    1. Noted! I love big choir versions of things!



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