One of the pleasant surprises of blogging is when someone stumbles onto an old post and it strikes a chord with them…and they share with you about it.
That was the case this morning when I opened an email that fell into my “Possible Junk Mail” folder (because the sender isn’t in my address book). Here’s the gist of it:
Hello. Well, I just stumbled across this while looking for some ideas for other tunes for Amazing Grace. hmm… looks like some pretty old postings here in your little forum but if you’re interested: I had a friend a while back (say mid 90’s) who would often play Amazing Grace to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme song. You know the “Three hour tour” song. Anyway, enjoy.
This was a new one for me…Amazing Grace set to the theme music for Gilligan’s Island. But it took only a few seconds of humming the tune and then adding the words to see how it fits…and very well, too. At first glance, the tune is perhaps a bit too, um, lively (irreverent? trivial?) for such powerful words, but the change in key — if that’s what it is; I need a real musician to help me out here — of the last phrase sort of adds some solemnity. And, in the end, Amazing Grace is a quite happy and triumphant song.
Works for me. But now, the question of the day is whether you’ve run across any other tunes for Amazing Grace. We’ve already got House of the Rising Sun, The Eagles’ Peaceful Easy Feeling, and now Gilligan’s Island. Surely there are others…
If it helps, the meter of Amazing Grace is 188.8.131.52. – Common Meter, according to The Baptist Hymnal. Granted, I don’t know 184.108.40.206. from “25 or 6 to 4,” but perhaps you do.