This second Easter playlist includes some songs you may have sung or heard, and others you have probably not—including several written and performed by brothers and sisters in the community. The collection of seven songs progresses through all the drama and emotions of that first Easter—above all, joy!
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1. We begin with Molly Barrett’s (South Bend) “Homage to the King,” recorded in 1982, which moves from the hush of Holy Saturday to the glorious sunrise on Easter morning.
2. Next is Don Francisco’s “He’s Alive!”, a ballad about the day of the Lord’s resurrection written from the perspective of the apostle Peter, performed live by Dolly Parton and a gospel choir.
3. Lindell Cooley leads the Brownsville Assembly of God choir in a rendition of “Saved” (written by Bob Dylan and Tim Drummond) which is almost impossible for me to hear while remaining still.
4. & 5. The South Bend music ministry performs “Rise Up, King Jesus” by Louis Grams (Servant Branch), followed by “Parte de Pascua” by Jim Grondin (South Bend).
6. “Domine Fili Unigenite” from Vivaldi’s Gloria is about the closest musical approximation to gleeful skipping I’ve ever heard.
7. “Welcome, Happy Morning!” is a lovely old Easter hymn, played simply here on piano and capturing the impact of Christ’s Easter greeting to his disciples: “Peace be with you.” This recording is taken from the soundtrack to Terrence Malick’s film The Tree of Life.
Listen to our first Easter playlist here.