And now, let us join together in song

Spank features the joy of spanking as foreplay. And, as a daily newspaper  recently pointed out, “the reader begins to understand it, perhaps embrace it, and possibly want to try it.”

Oh dear. Do try to restrain yourselves out there.

However, in a week that has elected a new Pope, perhaps we should turn our thoughts to another consensual activity between adults: singing.

To my mind, there is nothing quite so emotionally charged as the joyful joining together of voices, be it  in choirs, pubs,  or even barber shops.

Personally, I  love to sing, although I don’t very often, for fear of frightening the horses.

It’s not that I sing out of tune, although the fact that I do has been used against me on many occasions.

No, I think my  reluctance to sing – even in the shower –  stems more from the fact that, being tall, my voice tends to emanate from on high,  and at full volume I can out-muscle a boom box.

In a guest blog interview I was recently asked to name my favourite song. That was easy. Jerusalem.

The music is by Sir Hubert Parry, written in 1916. But the words – those magnificent words – were written by William Blake in 1804. Listen. Do you hear what I hear?

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

The poem, according to Wikipedia, was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus , accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to England and visited Glastonbury during Jesus’ lost years.

Hence the building of a new Jerusalem “among these dark Satanic mills.”

At this time point in the hymn I am at full voice and don’t spare the horses! But it’s the next verse that makes the hairs on my neck stand up.

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I don’t think I have ever sung that bit because my eyes are filled with tears.

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