Black Sabbath founder’s song for Birmingham Cathedral

You may have heard of Black Sabbath’s front man Ozzy Osbourne who is married to Sharon Osbourne a TV personality who’s acted as judge on the X-Factor:

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That’s Ozzy centre left and Sharon centre right. Their daughter Kelly and son Jack have also been TV personalities for the last ten years since the TV show chronicling the family’s life.

Well Ozzy Osbourne’s bandmate, and founder of the band Tony Iommi has just written some choral music for Birmingham Cathedral based on Psalm 133 called How Good It Is. The music is about how people live together in unity which Tony reckons perfectly summarises what Birmingham, in central England, represents. Tony worked with his friend the Dean of Birmingham the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle on the music. You cna listen to it on YouTube. Just so you understand what a Dean is, they are the chief religious leader (priest or vicar in the Christian church) resident at a Cathedral.

Psalm 133 from the Bible:

   How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

  It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

 

It would be a useful quote in an RS exam when explaining what some Christians might think about prejudice and discrimination, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133).

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