I just remind myself that the
song of the righteous is a prayer!
The following song is of course not Mormon, but I adore it as it speaks in eloquent Biblical poetry (written by Bob Dylan!) of Christ, hope, salvation, redemption, and joy. Also, the song itself is in no way sacrificed at the expense of quality music. In other words, the lyrics don’t stand alone (this is very, very important to me)! Listen to it please:
Oh yeah, and I quasi-worship the singer.
Oh, ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Oh, ring them bells for all of us who are left
Oh, ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through…
So yes, I feel at peace with this song (and some select others as well) on Sundays,
although it is not standardized in the LDS hymnbook.
If thou are merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of Thanksgiving.
–Doctrine and Covenants 136:28
Just so you know, I am cautious about this line of propriety. I (usually) don’t perform on Sundays, and I also am not going to any Marilyn Manson concerts on Sunday (or ever). Furthermore, I am careful in helping my friends and neighbors feel comfortable with the sweet melodies I play and the words that spill from my honey lips.
What kind of music do you find (in)appropriate for Sabbath worship?
Ring them bells St. [K]atherine from the top of the room…