Belief.net is running an interesting article on speaking in tongues:
Doctors and lawyers do it. The attorney general of the United States does it. Even a few people in Hollywood do it.
They call it speaking in tongues. And it is no longer just for wild-eyed, tambourine-waving Pentecostals who gather in storefront churches in poor neighborhoods. This unusual form of Christian prayer–which sounds like mindless babbling–is upwardly mobile….
You could, if you wanted to, read the rest here.
And today, instead of posting lyrics, I’m going to post a link to the site of one of my favourite bands. I think I’ve mentioned them before. If you’ve listened to Sigur Rós before, then I’m sure you can appreciate why I’m not posting lyrics.
sigur rós were formed by jónsi, georg and the former drummer ágúst in 1994. they were later joined by kjartan and when ágúst left the band after the recording of ágætis byrjun in order to pursue a career in graphic design, he was replaced by orri. sigur rós hail from iceland, and rightly claim to bring you the beautiful landscape of their homeland with their music. it’s impossible to justify it with words, you have to listen to it to understand. check out the downloads page and listen to some tracks.
the band consists of jón þor (jónsi) birgisson (vocals, guitars), kjartan (kjarri) sveinsson (keyboards), orri páll dýrason (drums) and georg (goggi) holm (bass). they create a remarkable sound considering the basic instruments used. jónsi often uses a cello bow to play his guitar, resulting in an effects-laden, atmospheric, totally unique sound….
And here’s an interesting side note for all you LOTR fans: the Elven languages of Quenya and Sindarin are based on Finnish and Welsh. I heard that on the CBC a whiles back, but couldn’t remember when or on which show. Perhaps Talking Books. Anyway, Google found an article on the subject for me.
I am listening to this album today. Cheers.