My Favorite Christmas Music
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Now you may be thinking that music is the reason I went into radio, but music has nothing to do with it. I'm a natural born show-off and that is why I'm in radio. Still, music is part of my job, but it's a bigger part of my life if that makes any sense.
I don't remember a time when I didn't love music and I truly love all kinds of music. Even when I'm not listening to music, there is always some kind of music running through my head. I wake up with melodies playing in my head and they play all day. It's like my life has background music.
Since I'm on the radio and such, a lot of people ask me about my favorite songs and I must confess that I don't really have a pat list of favorites when it comes to popular music, but when you talk about real Christmas music, I have some definite thoughts on the subject and my favorite Christmas music is far and away the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. In fact, I consider it the ultimate Christmas music.
Just listen to the majesty and the power in this incredible version of the famous chorus. There is noting tenuous about this piece of music. From beginning to end it is full of reverence and awe. None of the vocal parts are sung with anything but sheer power and the lyrics are words of pure unabashed faith.
I love the part at about 2:09 into the video when the sopranos begin the climb to take those rare notes that seem determined to slip the bonds of earth. The vocals climb higher and higher like a rocket and when they reach the top, the whole work explodes in a burst of glory and faith.
If you want to be truly inspired, settle back and watch the incomparable Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Handel's glorious Hallelujah Chorus.