Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Pens Song for Birmingham Cathedral
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has played on some of the darkest tracks in the history of metal, but his latest inspiration is something a little more heavenly. The guitar great has penned a new track called “How Good It Is” for the Birmingham Cathedral, expressing his desire to give something back to his hometown.
The song features Iommi on acoustic guitar, backed by the men and boys Cathedral Choir. It was lyrically inspired by Psalm 133. “It was great to be involved with the Cathedral and do something for it,” Iommi stated in a Birmingham Cathedral news piece. “When Catherine mentioned it, it felt like a nice thing to do to give back to the city.”
“It’s just a little bit different to Sabbath,” joked the guitarist, before continuing, “We’ve done instrumental work before with orchestras and it’s something I enjoy doing. It’s completely different from any of the heavier stuff. This is a completely new piece of music and I’m really pleased with it.”
“Tony and I were introduced by a mutual friend and we discusses a possible music collaboration sometime in the future,” reveals Dean Ogle of the Birmingham Cathedral. She adds, “Then, when Tony was unwell, we got to know one another better when I began to pray for him and kept in touch with Tony and his wife about his health. This is the most wonderful gift that Tony offered to the Cathedral. Tony has a huge fan base in the city. The Cathedral is here to serve everyone so we want to connect with them too. The words come from scripture and are really positive about people living together in peace and harmony. This is what Birmingham is all about.”
Take a listen to Tony Iommi and the Birmingham men and boys Cathedral Choir performing “How Good It Is” in the player at the top of this post.
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