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Dear Mr. Keillor, At choir

July 23, 2004 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
At choir practice the other evening, as we went over "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee", sung to Beethoven's music, a tough hymn to sing, I discovered that the same words can be sung to "Mack the Knife," which seems to me to be a better tune.

Vince Reilly

Vince,
It may be time for you to take a break from choir if this is the direction your imagination is taking you. Finding new tunes for hymns is a form of thumb-twiddling. On the other hand, "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" sung to "Hernando's Hideaway" is a great musical experience. Ditto, Emily Dickinson sung to "Yellow Rose Of Texas".

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