My Favorite Advent Hymn 4

“A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” — Isaiah 11:1

There’s nothing like Christmas music to set the tone and stir up our hearts for Christmas.

Nothing except  Advent music, of course, because Advent hymns are designed specifically for the Season before Christmas that we’re in now.

I have many Advent tunes I like a lot. This one, however, has always been my favorite. More…

The Beauty of Music 13

Henry has advanced dementia. He sits all day, unresponsive, slumped over in his wheelchair in the nursing home. He does not even recognize his own daughter when she talks to him.

When they place the earphones on his head and play some of his favorite music from his iPod, something beautiful happens. His eyes grow wide with excitement. Henry comes alive!

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Do We Recognize Beauty in Our Midst? 24

I purloined this story from another source (namely Facebook) — they won’t mind, I’m sure.

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: More…