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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, November 23, 2006
    To bloom again

    This afternoon only this old spiritual could assuage my grief at considering the imminent loss of a terminally-ill friend. And my online search for the tune led to the discovery of some wonderful versions of this song: notably those by Blue Highway, Martin Simpson and Anonymous 4. But the greatest discovery of the day was Anathallo, who sing Wondrous Love on their deleted (but freely downloadable) Hymns ep. This live collection was a fundraiser for a homelessness charity. Their other self-penned work demonstrates quirky quality songs of immanent faith akin to Danielson or Sufjan. They've supported Joanna Newsom recently. And their name, Anathallo, means to renew, cause to grow, or bloom again.