I can’t sing, just ask those who’ve heard me. See that dog howling? Yeah, that’s me. 😉 I managed to make it through choir (it was a small school, they were desperate!) but I now limit my vocal acrobatics to the car, the shower and my office (door closed, I promise).
Just because I can’t sing doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy listening to others…. especially groups who sing in harmony. One voice can be beautiful but many voices? Breathtaking. We’re deep into the holidays so it’s fitting that we celebrate Friday with a few songs that are all about harmony. Today, I’ve got a few traditional Christmas carols. The next couple of weeks, we’ll listen to some less traditional Christmas songs and also some Hanukkah tunes.
Do You Hear What I Hear, on the other hand, was written in 1962. The lyricist was asked to write a Christmas song. Instead of a commercial tune, he and his then wife penned a song pleading for peace since the nation was in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The lyrics are timeless given all that’s going on across the globe and here at home. Do You Hear What I Hear – Home Free
Finally, Silent Night was composed in the early 19th century by an Austrian for a church service. Nearly 100 years later, it became a notable moment in World War I when German and Western forces serenaded each other on Christmas Eve, a short truce in the trenches. Does that not inspire you to put down your weapon of choice (smartphone, tablet, laptop or pc) and call a truce to the angry rhetoric? Here’s a random group of strangers singing Silent Night – Flash Mob at Macy’s. Wouldn’t it be cool to see this live, to participate? Regardless of your voice, there’s something meaningful in singing along.
Have a glorious weekend, may it be full of harmony!