In the Bleak Midwinter
Posted by SandyBeaches on Monday, January 24, 2011
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
The snowstorm that had traveled to us from the eastern seaboard had finally moved on and we were left completely shrouded in a blanket of white. Although the snow was sparkling and entrancing, the landscape looked oh so very cold. I knew there was much to be done on this cold wintry morning, but the cares of the day were put aside as I sat by the bay window with a cup of steaming hot coffee. At the break of dawn I found myself staring out at the frosty wintry woods.
While I was struggling with the challenge of finding any desire to carry out the work I had planned, it became more difficult as time went by to even move away from the window. In his book, “Chords of Strength,” David said that when he was in a situation as a young fellow in which he did not know what to do next with his life, he asked God for guidance. Well, perhaps it was time for me to do the same. It was peaceful and still… so very still, and as my mind wandered I heard a song in the distance. Both haunting and beautiful, the voices sang “In the Bleak Midwinter.” I had not heard the song for many years, yet there it was playing over and over in my mind.
Moving away from the window I turned to my computer and typed in the title of the song. There it was, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and their guest singer was Sissel. I was so startled because she was the singer David had said was the guest artist a few years ago. This was the concert that he had been keeping tucked away in his memories. I became overwhelmed by the angelic nature of her voice and the similarities she has to David’s singing style. As a child, we played the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas album so this is where my memory was taking me back to.
David and Sissel have the same profoundly engaging, captivating and inspirational vocal qualities. They emanate a bell-like clarity of sound with extensive vocal ranges, while singing songs that are close to their hearts. Their voices are sensitive yet powerful and soaring. Like David, she can blend songs of different nationalities in her performances, as well as be equally successful with pop songs. It has been said in reviews that her lovely melodies and lyrics bedazzle the listener. David and Sissel are singers of high caliber and that phenomenon is perhaps what makes it difficult for the pop world of music to appreciate about David. While they both receive the most positive critical acclaim, these qualities also set them apart from the rest. Sissel is an international singing sensation, widely known for her songs in the movie Titanic. These same doors will undoubtedly be opening for David someday soon.
A warmth and calmness blanketed over me as she sang. You could see that she was standing on the very same circled star where David had stood just a few weeks ago. This was the choir that I had heard singing; these are the realizations that had come my way. In the bleak midwinter, while gazing outside my window, I had been given all of this.