Wehrlos und Verlassen

Friday, June 05, 2009
What with Lauralea gone for the weekend and the guys busy, I took the time tonight to do something I've been planning to do for a very long time.

I have an early 1980's recording of the Mennonite Concerto and on the album are nine old songs sung in german. While I enjoy the Concerto, the mennonite german songs take me to a place of fond memories. I put it on when I want to remember and smile about the olden days in the mid 80's when Lauralea taught at a Mennonite German Bible school and I worked as a lay minister in the church. 400 people, half of whom spoke low-german and half of whom spoke english.

Both Lauralea and I were in the church choir and we sang many of these songs. When I led the choir I often selected the songs I enjoyed singing. That's why this album takes me back. So tonight I rigged a recorder and recorded the album, split up the songs and mp3'ed them. The quality isn't amazing, but I know what they are singing, and sometimes the words come back to me and I sing along.

Anyway, here is one of my favourites, Wehrlos und Verlassen.

Click here to listen.


  1. Just beautiful! I could listen to that kind of music for hours. I don't understand german, but, Elvin certainy does. I will get him to listen to it. Wow!

  2. Ahhhhhhhhh....refreshing to my spirit. I didn't understand the words but my spirit did.

    Thanks Randall....so much...

  3. Thank you for posting this. You can find the english version on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xufaeiin8NA It is not an exact translation but catches the spirit of the song. Danke.


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