Sorry if these have been posted before:
New Kingdom Melodies - samples on youtube
Just making them easier to access
Morbidly depressing stuff TBH.
The first one sounded like the author was trying to write a score for a movie, but it soon enough became apparent it was only going to be a slow march. The second one had a melody that could have been written by a first year harmony student, but that was disguised by some decent scoring.
That being said, they are light years better than the garbage churned out by former GB member Karl Klein, who fancied himself to be a composer! He gave us the timeless and hauntingly beautiful classic "From House to House."
I know I'm going to get blasted for this, because every time the name of that song comes up, ex-dubs start hearing it in their heads and it won't go away for weeks! This phenomenon has caused several of them to go entirely insane and end up in a room where all the employees wear white and the dress code for visitors consists of only straight jackets!
Sorry about that.
What Farkel - worse than Song Number 8 "Loyal Submission in recognition, this to our God we owe, he gives protection, tender affection, loyalty to him we show"
For me the worst one was the resurrection dirge. That was what we all called it. Don't know what it was really called. Something to do with 'Lazaras lay sleeping etc. Terrible. I hope for their sake any new songs are better.
...Karl Klein, who fancied himself to be a composer! He gave us the timeless and hauntingly beautiful classic "From House to House."
Maybe Klein was a marketing genius...
If he wrote From House to House as a jingle to stick in our minds and remind us of our mission...it worked.
I wonder what melodies they've ripped off from to make these.
Remember song #100 in the pink songbook, God's Own Book--A Treasure? That was by far the ugliest melody I've ever heard. "There is a book that by it's many paaaaagez, na na na na na na na na na naaaaaaa..."
Gee how many of you remember the green song bk and the even older brownish paper back song book? The greenish one was also paper back. That is really going back.
I use to like in the green one song 54, Forward Theocratic Warriors, and 100, I believe was the New Song, the refrain is Sing sing sing, loud let the new song ring , sing sing sing Jehovah now is King.
The reason the Society did away with those older song books was on account of the musical scores were composed by religious leaders, and composers like some to the great composers ever. Just wasn't good enough for JW's any more, we had to have songs composed and written by JWs for JWs. Do any of you remember Verne Duncan, he was with the Percy Faith Orchestra, before devoting his life to the Organization and music. He then devoted years to that work at Bethel. He died several years ago, he was an incredible gifted man. He was a distinguished man with snow white hair. Stood tall and dressed sharply. He had a gentle hand shake and a beautiful smile. I always found him to be a delightful man to be around.
Oh well, I didn't fancy these Kingdom melodies, it sounded the same the whole way through with a little back ground music to do away with the constant same sound. The same was true with the witnesses singing the song, Sing to Jehovah. I guess I am being maybe more cynical I don't know. I just didn't enjoy it.
I guess I have become spoiled with the sounds from the church and cathedrals and find that they sound magnificent in comparison to the JW's music. Maybe I am not being fair even comparing them to that, who knows.
Loves to sing, Holy Holy Holy that is one of my favourites in Church. Anglican /Episicoplian.,
My wife heard me playing the first one. She had no idea what it was from. She says: "It sounds like something from the movie Jurassic Park." The more I think about it, it does.
Christmas and patriotic songs and Black spirituals are so beautiful. I often wished that Kingdom Melodies were like that. I remember being relieved, though, when we got the new song book in '85. It was a lot better than the pink one.
Jehovah's Fragrance??? What the hell are these people smoking?
Now now... you people complain but remember they don't want anything that stirs up strong emotions. Nothing that ignites passion.
I never could stand the Kingom Melodies. Even when I was a true believer. I thought they had their place and all, but I used to look at the people who used to listen to them for "pleasure" as freaks of nature. I'd rather listen to feral cats mating.
:Gee how many of you remember the green song bk and the even older brownish paper back song book? The greenish one was also paper back. That is really going back.
I certainly remember the green one. I played the piano in all the Kingdom Halls I ever attended, starting at age 12. That songbook was released at a New York International Assembly before the 1958 one. 1955?
:I use to like in the green one song 54, Forward Theocratic Warriors, and 100, I believe was the New Song, the refrain is Sing sing sing, loud let the new song ring , sing sing sing Jehovah now is King.
Yes, remember that one, too. The first part is a march, was written D minor and was authored by brothers in a German concentration camp in WWII.
The other songs that were stolen from "worldly" people in that song book included one (I forget what it was called) that had the theme from the first Movement of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata in F minor. I'll bet Compound Complex remembers the name of that song, or at least the very famous melody. Didn't it seem strange at the time that "Jehovah" inspired "worldly" people to write better songs of praise to Himself than his very own chosen people who came up with shit like "From House to House?"
Finally got to listen...
The melodies are sufficiently ummm... "melodious" without being overbearing. But they still have that trademark "JW blandness" which for some reason is so pervasive in everything the org. does. The actual orchestra and accompanying music is beautifully done... it's a shame that it'll be used for such a nefarious purpose.
But, seriously they should get P. Diddy to do a Bad Boy remix on it or something. Maybe with a guest rapper at the end of one like Ol' Dirty Bastard or Jay-Z. Spice it up.
Dirge? Why, it's entitled...
Song 102 "The Resurrection Joy" (Revelation 20:13)
1. Lazarus lay sleeping In a cold stone grave.
How his sisters mourned him! None there him could save.
If his friend Christ Jesus Had but come before,
That good man would not have Passed through Hades’ door.
At the grave Christ Jesus Then did give a shout,
Calling to the dead one: ‘Lazarus, come out!’
Though wrapped up in graveclothes, Laz’rus did obey.
O what great rejoicing Filled his friends that day!
2. Those who hoped in Jesus Thought release was nigh,
So they felt dejected When he had to die.
Sadly, friends of Jesus Laid him in a tomb.
How their hearts and spirits Were immersed in gloom!
But the gates of Hades Could not God defy.
In three days God raised him, Seated him on high.
With joy his disciples Him they saw and heard.
Keys of death and Hades On him are conferred.
3. Adam’s sin in Eden Brought death on our race;
But return of dead ones Shall through Christ take place.
Those in death and Hades Will hear his own voice
And come forth in due time In life to rejoice.
Before God’s great white throne They’ll be judged aright
By the deeds committed In the Kingdom’s light.
Those whose names are written In God’s book of life
Will live on his new earth Ever free from strife.
That's one of the songs that if you can't read music, you're gonna get lost... even those that could read music often got lost.
I still can carry the melody to that trainwreck. Sad, ain't it?
They are always speechless when I said to them I already have seen the books, songs and DVDs in youtube, right before everyone in the area. LOL.
Oops, I commented on the first youtube video.
First off, I will comment on the p*** poor job they always do when it comes to composing new "music". Since their method is to make worldly music sound like it comes from Satan every time they open their mouths and printing presses, they do not need to compete with it by creating anything worth listening to. Rather, they compose material designed to go along with their doctrines, and the artistic merit (or demerit, as the case may be) is an afterthought. You are supposed to listen for guidance, not entertainment.
At least we find out about these things earlier as apostates than the witlesses do as hounders. I first heard this at the end of May--were I a faithful witless, I would have had to wait, just like everyone else, until July.