Thanks are due: Strikkelysten has led me to the Salmemaraton which is ‘slow TV’ from Norway – never heard of this before, but a wonderful idea in a rushing, chattering age. I gather Norwegian choirs are patiently singing the whole of a hymnbook.
I don’t understand a word of the hymns, and am thus preserved from literary criticism and aggravating theology, while the range of music is similar-to-but-different-from English hymnody. At the same time, if I watch the scrolling information bar, small clumps of Norwegian occasionally pop into meaning, which is a good parlour game for one.
The Salmemaraton is here. At time of writing they are on hymn 521 of 899.