Inwood's Lenten Resolution

Paul Inwood has, due to some restructuring, given up music in Porstmouth Diocese for Lent.

The abstinence programme has been going so well that he will be giving up music for the Diocese for good.

Good for him.

Well done that man!

In times of austerity, times call for a leaner, meaner Church that's unafraid to make cuts when necessary.

Well done to Bishop Philip Egan for making those 'tough decisions' called for in these times. Portsmouth will regain its AAA rating soon enough if things carry on like this.

Don't worry, Paul, after Easter you can come busking with me in Brighton. You'll love it.

Comments

"Don't worry, Paul, after Easter you can come busking with me in Brighton"

Methinks you are a glutton for punishment!
Hunted Priest said…
"Going home, going home. He's a-going home" All together now Clap Clap!
Anonymous said…
Cruel! cha cha
Thinker said…
You enjoy making fun of those who lose their work?
Eccles said…
I missed this. Is it true? Inwood is retiring? How will we fans survive?
Patricius said…
I'm not sure it's really fair to mock the elderly unemployed.
The Bones said…
Thinker

With a CV like that he'll find work soon enough in England and Wales.
Physiocrat said…
He could have made a lot more money writing advertising jingles.
Dilly said…
Mr Inwood is well over 65 and therefore can take a well earned rest without being reduced to busking.
St Pauls Leeds said…
Not sure the deat people of Brighton will love it but it saves the rest of us from listening to his poor excuse for liturgical music.
St Pauls Leeds said…
I hope the people of Brighton enjoys him so much that they will kidnap him, keeping him to themselves that the rest of us will no longer be subjected to his banal creations.
Not Funny said…
How unkind everyone has been. When I posted (Monday) that we'd sung four extremely traditional Hymns (including Full in the Panting Heart of Rome) no-one thought it worth saying anything. Now there's jeering. Most unattractive. All hymns were new once. I think all comments so far on this one have been made in very questionable spirit of charity; especially from those in Holy Orders who should shew greater restraint.
Inwood gave up music 40+ years ago...
jaykay said…
Not funny: "all hymns were new once"

Yes, but when the "traditional" ones were new they were good, and still are, hence they've stood the test of time. The point of the comments you wrongly, and somewhat self-righteously, label as uncharitable is that Mr. I's compositions are trite, banal and ephemeral.

Oh look, I've been uncharitable. Tsk, tsk, and I'd given that up for Lent. Sort of.
Physiocrat said…
Panting Hearts is so-o-o-o-o camp.
Benedicat said…
It's not a question of "making fun of those who lose their work" or being uncharitable. George Osborne seems like a pleasant man, and I'm sure his intentions are good. But I'd like to see him lose his job tomorrow. That's not a lack of charity, it's a commentary on his performance in his role and his fitness for it.

Plus, Mr Inwood is well known to be of retirement age. His redundancy has probably been planned and negotiated for some time, and I doubt that it will hit him very hard in the wallet.
Tony Flavin said…
You shall know them by their love.

I wonder how many of the writers of the unpleasant posts have enhanced a liturgy for others. Inwood is not my taste, but he's done sterling work in the eyes of others.

I wonder why the Church is seen to be in crisis.

Well done.
Physiocrat said…
I came across Paul Inwood in 1978 when he got involved in a choir in a church in a north London parish and was just starting to write music.

He struck me as a bit bumptious and arrogant, which I could have put up with if it was not that the music he was writing left a taste of lemon juice in the mouth. This is not unusual amongst music written by contemporary church musicians. I just wish they would realise their limitations and stop composing music other than for consenting adults in private. It isn't as if there is a shortage of music already written.
John Quinn said…
Paul Inwood has composed some excellent music.

His 'O blest are those ...' is a classic.

His RP setting of 'Come, Lord and save us' is majestic.

His RP setting of 'Happy are they' is beautiful, (and has a little nod to Beethoven).

The 'Gathering Mass' is immensely successful and popular.

Physiocrat said…
I have been listening to some Paul Inwood. I can't think what it is about his music that makes it so unpleasant

"God mounts his throne" starts off with a pleasant little refrain that could have been written in the early eighteenth century, but then goes sour. "Centre of my life" is boring, "O blest are those is" also like a beer that isn't off but isn't right either.

"Make Us Turn to You" never quite resolves. It isn't discordant or anything like that but no doubt there is a technical reason, and now I am going to listen to something by a decent composer like Handel.