A Song for Hiroshima Remembrance Day.

Via Roger Wolsey
on Aug 6, 2010
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The most disturbing song I’ve ever heard.

It was composed to help memorialize of one of those most disturbing things humans have ever done to each other –  the U.S. dropping an atom bomb on the City of Hiroshima on  Aug. 6, 1945.

O God how it hurts to listen to it.

I participated in a liturgical dance group back during grad school and we did a dance to this song during a Hiroshima Day observance.  I’ll never forget it.  In fact, I think I may have a taste of PTSD from it… can’t even fathom what it was like for the folks who actually lived, and died, through the actual experience.

(yes, I’m aware that by admitting this, I’m setting myself up for all manner of ridicule. liturgical dance is sort of the embarrassing, gassy, sings-too-loudly, aunt of the Church.)

For more about the significance of this day, see: this article.

Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima



About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


One Response to “A Song for Hiroshima Remembrance Day.”

  1. BrotherRog says:

    on a somewhat related note, see: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/05/opposable-