I need your help. I think i’ve written another hymn tune, but can’t be sure I haven’t just pinched it from somewhere. If you can face listening to a very quick and dirty recording of my tinwhistling, I’d appreciate knowing if you recognise it from anywhere. (If you think it’s loathsome, I don’t need to know that — my ego has taken enough this week!)
Derivative? Probably. But I think it is singable, and that’s surely the most important thing in a hymn tune. If I can claim it as mine, I’m calling it Qwestor for a special friend who knows who he is. If I can’t, I apologise to whoever’s music I’ve stolen.
For those who are interested, it came to me while reading the words of one of Fred Pratt Green’s hymns, “Now it is evening”. The first verse goes
bid us remember Christ is our light.
Many are lonely, who will be neighbour?
Where there is caring Christ is our light.