#TuesdayTunes: Simon & Garfunkel – “Benedictus”

I grew up with the music of Paul Simon and Simon & Garfunkel playing in the background. My parents had the double disc Anthology album; it was quite literally the soundtrack of my childhood. I have fond memories of running about the house,  bouncing on my parents bed with my little brother and sister, singing lyrics I didn’t understand and confidently pronouncing 80% of them incorrectly. Listening to their songs now, as well as realizing what those gobbledygook words I misheard were, I appreciate the stories they tell. I take pleasure in their music even more-so than I did as a kid, (and that’s a pretty big feet, if you knew just how much the 4 year old Gabby enjoyed them.)

Though I’ve listened to a range of their material over the years I recently came across one recorded in 1964 that I had never heard before. It had, and still has, me captivated. The song title is Benedictus.

There’s no denying that this song resembles Chant, and according to wiki (tut-tut Gabby,)  “[…]was arranged and adapted from two-part a capella motet by Orlande de Lassus”

The words sung in Latin are,

 Benedictus qui veniti in nomine Domini

which translate to:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

It’s gorgeous; certainly invites me into a peaceful and prayerful disposition.
I hope it does for you too!

Enjoy #TuesdayTunes ~

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