So — I really like sacred music, and yesterday I was looking around for music containing the psalms, and I came across an article on NPR, about a festival of choral music that was held in New York and that presented all 150 psalms. There are some nice quotes in the article that support what Ariel says about psalm magic. A couple of them:
"Historically, what the psalms have been for are challenging times," Moss says. "I mean, they are really explicitly designed to help you out when the going gets rough. And they include, which I find wonderful, all sorts of human complaints to God — about, like, where are you in these challenging times?"
Another Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang, who set Psalm 101, says that the psalms were meant to be sung.
"One thing I like about the psalms is that they're sort of like a catalog of all the different ways that you could have a conversation with God," he says. "So, some of them are very hopeful and some of them are very lamenting and some of them are very full of praise; really sort of like every way you can imagine talking to God."
I liked those, so I just thought I’d share. 😊