Someone should have checked out background of controversial song

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You’re onto something Rick!  That song is downright scandalous! How dare someone in a voluntary program be asked to do something they can choose not to!  But the subversiveness of this music doesn’t stop there…look what I found, I’m pretty sure I heard this tune recently at some public place!!!

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of Allah:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

“I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
‘As ye deal with my contenders, so with you my grace shall deal’;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since Allah is marching on.”

Right, Peter. Then there’s Handel’s Messiah. No chorus in the country would be singing those lyrics about the Lord of lords if they’d been set to a standard 12-bar blues. Choral music is about blending of voices, dynamic range, counterpoint and all kinds of effects other than the lyrics.

Not an actual song of worship, Zikr was composed for an historical movie. To leap from a musical score to religious and political sympathies like Wagner does is just ridiculous — it’s like saying performers of Lara’s Song from Dr. Zhivago are praising communism because they we in the movie.

The traditional style the composer was imitating was Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam that emphasizes emotional and personal ways of knowing God, with less emphasis on scripture and dogma. Something nice Christian singers might be able to identify with.

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