Already I have sung a Messiah Sing-In with the Utah Symphony and a Christmas-themed Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and that was just the first day of December! (Not to mention all the stacks of music yet to sing that we just got recently!) One highlight of this season we performed yesterday on the Broadcast: "Christmas Is Coming" is a new arrangement of an Old English Carol sung as a Round. What fun! Mack Wilberg has done another 5-Star arrangement, indeed! The orchestrations are masterful and exciting and the singers have new words that bring deeper meaning to this wonderful old Christmas Carol. I would not be surprised if this is the theme song of our up-coming Christmas concerts. (Though, remember, you did not hear this from me. We don't get to know any particulars about our concerts until we perform them. I guess we are prone to let the surprises out of the bag!) Anyway, it is sure to be exciting!
My sister and cousin had an unexpected, sweet experience the other evening. They were sitting on a bench at Temple Square waiting for a concert to begin, watching the visitors enjoying all the lights and Christmas decorations. They thought that they themselves represented all the other people throughout the world who would dearly love to be there on Temple Square enjoying the beautiful lights and music. But wait! Something was missing. Usually, Christmas music is being played along with narrations of the Christmas story while lights focus on the characters set to represent the action. But, while they were sitting there, none was playing. It seemed strange to have the lights spotlight the shepherds, and the wise men, and the baby in the manger with no music or narration, so they just decided to start singing the songs that would usually accompany those parts of the Christmas story. Soon they found that people were gathering to listen. After they finished, many people came over to thank them for providing such an important part of the evening's events.
Music plays such an integral role in festive occasions. It can enhance the mood, create excitement, provide a unified experience for many, and touch lives individually. Inspired music can be a conduit for the Spirit. Yes! Christmas is Coming! And in our festivities let us not forget the real meaning of Christmas. Let the music of this special season testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.