what sweeter music

if the above doesn’t work, here’s the link.

It’s the middle of the night, and rain has begun to fall. I’m driving back from school, which is a 45 minute drive from my home.  I’ve spent much of the last few days awake in trying to write a paper that I should have been working on the entire semester. In between the writing, I have also been at work. Needless to say, I’m a little tired.

In order to keep me awake during the drive home, I usually listen to my own CDs, but last night, I left the radio playing on the public radio station, which plays classical music throughout the night. As I began to make my way on the interstate, a song began to play that I had remembered from my days in a choir: John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music.

It’s a Christmas carol, if one could call it that (I feel like it brings it down to the level of ‘Jingle Bells’ or something). As I listened, the absolute beauty of this song seemed to envelop me in some warmth in this cold night. Each chord following one another is just so perfectly placed. The words to this carol are obviously religious, but I was still moved by the sheer grace of this composition.

I’ve had little time to take a pause lately, but in hearing this song, I felt renewed. Though there are still hours of work left to be done, that moment in my car gave me a gentle reminder that, in the midst of all this, I’m doing okay.

I hope you will take a moment to listen to the link above.


One Comment to “what sweeter music”

  1. that’s my kind of christmas carol.

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