This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Monday, 20 August 2012

Bad Hymns 9

Today the Eccles Bad Hymn Award judges are honoured to welcome, hot-foot from Portsmouth, the one and only Paul Inwood.

Paul Inwood

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.

Choo-choo

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."

Finger snap

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.

axolotl

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

Paul Inwood, weighing up the relative merits of "Alleluia, Ta-ta" and "Alleluia, Pip-pip."

7 comments:

  1. By the way, if you want to hear these luvvly songs, you can get them on
    http://www.ocp.org/artists/543#tab:compositions

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  2. Wow - even worse than I imagined!

    This is a great idea; please keep up the good work - though presumably you'll have to resort to a seance* when you get round to 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.

    (Are you allowed to do that, what with being saved and all?)

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    1. Oh, being dead seems to be no obstackle. Last time we got John Lennon to tell us about "Imagine."

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    2. Thanks - I had managed to miss that one somehow!

      (Though it's fertile ground for blogging, I can't help feeling you have taken on one of the Labours of Hercules here...)

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  3. Darling Eccles, a shame Carlo Custard has turned up his ties before he could play you some of these rubbish (why won't the automatic text tell a lie?) xx Jess

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  4. Is it true that any of these hymns is an outward sign of Inwood dross?

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  5. Eccles, Paul Inwood still hasn't listed the Bad Hynm award on his page yet http://www.ocp.org/artists/543#tab:awards

    How rude!

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