Gregorian Chant bad, Inwoodian Chant good.
E: Great to see you here, Paul. I see that on your website you say of yourself: "He has extensive liturgical knowledge and experience, dynamic musical skills, and a commitment to a wide range of styles in liturgy and liturgical music."
PI: I'm also known for my ease in communicating with people and my wonderful sense of humour, Eccles.
E: Ah yes. So I see from your hymns. Shall we start with this one, Alleluia Cha-cha?
PI: Er, it's "Ch-ch," not "Cha-cha," actually.
Pardon me, boy. Is that the Alleluia choo-choo?
E: I see. Isn't "Ch-ch" rather meaningless? Why not make it "Alleluia Beep-beep," or "Alleluia Oink-oink?"
PI: Well, I was drawing on my extensive liturgical knowledge and experience when I wrote this hymn, Eccles.
E: Of course. Well there aren't many other words in the hymn, although I see that later on it goes "Alleluia, Alleluia-Ha." Your wonderful sense of humour, eh, Paul?
PI: I develop the "Alleluia" theme further in another hymn, Finger-Snap Alleluia. "SNAP! Alleluia."
Could this also be a Paul Inwood hymn?
E: Yes, that's wonderful, Paul. I see that "Finger-Snap Alleluia" is a copyrighted hymn.
PI: Yes, anyone snapping their fingers has to pay me royalties.
E: Now the last hymn I wanted to discuss with you has actually got some original words. It's Go and tell the world.
PI: The birds and the mammals are His.
The fish and the reptiles are His.
The millions of insects are His.
The germs and the microbes are His.
E: Well, Paul, your last line seems to suggest that God has a nasty illness, but I dare say there are other interpretations.
PI: Yes. Note that I left out amphibians, though. We in Portsmouth often ask ourselves, "Are newts His? Are frogs His?" So, to play safe, I omitted the amphibians.
And are the axolotls His?
E: Now, here's a spiritually moving couplet:
Our sisters and brothers are His.
Our fathers and mothers are His.
Er, what about other relatives? I have this great-aunt... is she His?
PI: I'm working on some more verses, Eccles. What do you think of this?
Our spots and carbuncles are His.
Our great-aunts and uncles are His.
E: Magnificent, Mr Inwood. You have single-handedly done for liturgy and music what nobody else has ever done.
Paul Inwood, weighing up the relative merits of "Alleluia, Ta-ta" and "Alleluia, Pip-pip."