Sopla, sopla fuerte (Blow Wild and Blow Freely)

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Ezekiel 37:1-14 will be the primary reference, but also see John 3:5-8, Luke 11:11-13 and Ephesians 5:18.


Sopla, sopla fuerte (Blow Wild and Blow Freely)

Introductory/Framing Text

When asked about the translation of this song, Mary Louise Bringle writes:

In 2008, Emily Brink was serving on a committee that was preparing a small collection to be co-published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Faith Alive Christian Resources in 2010, Global Songs for Worship.  This was intended for use as one of 3 or 4 smaller collections to get to the churches early and also test the waters for Lift Up Your Hearts.  There was another translation of Sopla, sopla fuerte available, but it did not have the committee’s full support, so she approached me about crafting a new English-language version.
— Mary Louise Bringle

Sopla, sopla fuerte (Blow Wild and Blow Freely)

Tune Information

F Major

Sopla, sopla fuerte (Blow Wild and Blow Freely)

Author Information

Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle (b. 1953) is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College (Brevard, NC). A teacher at heart and a theologian by training (with a Ph.D. from Emory University and an assortment of publications in pastoral theology), she began writing hymn texts in 1999. Since that time, she has won a number of international hymnwriting competitions and been featured as an "emerging text writer" by The Hymn Society in the US and Canada. GIA has published two single-author collections of her hymns (Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing in 2002, and In Wind and Wonder in 2007), as well as anthems written in collaboration with composers like William Rowan, Sally Morris, and others. Her texts and translations are included in publications from numerous denominations, including Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopalian, United Church of Canada, and Church of Scotland. She is currently serving as President of The Hymn Society and chair of the committee to create a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA.
— GIA Publications, Inc. (http://www.giamusic.com)

Maria Inés Simeone (b. 1951, Montevideo, Uraguay) is a Methodist minister in Uraguay, and has been a member of the Latin American Council of Church’s liturgy team since 1998.   
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

Joel Navarro (b. 1955) is a professor of music at Singapore Bible College. Until 2014 he taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, teaching conducting and directing campus choirs. As the recipient of numerous awards in performance and education in his native Philippines, he is widely known as a conductor, educator, clinician, lecturer, writer, singer, recording artist, composer, arranger, stage actor, record producer, and music consultant. An active performer of music from different eras and ethnic traditions, he takes an ardent interest in post modern music and the music traditions and liturgies of the world. 
Navarro earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from the University of the Philippines and a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting at Michigan State University. He is known internationally as the former music director and conductor of the Ateneo de Manila University Glee Club, which has amassed a string of top prizes during the past 20 years in choral competitions worldwide. He also was a member of the 12 member editorial team for Lift Up Your Hearts.
— Lift Up Your Hearts (http://www.liftupyourheartshymnal.org)

Horacio Ruben Vivares is professor of music (guitar) at the National Conservatory of Music in Argentia, orchestra director at the Higher Conservatory “Manuel de Falla,” and composer, arranger, conductor and producer involved in many groups and recording projects promoting and developing indigenous Latin music for the church.
— Emily Brink

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