Sunday, October 5, 2008

This Is My Song

What a wonderful weekend.

I'll give you the whole story tomorrow, when I've had a little recovery time. There are photos, too - and precious little knitting. But 24 hours ago, I was sitting with Julie and Christy in a wonderful old theatre in Kalamazoo (the kind with a balcony and fake stars painted on the ceiling and bas-relief sculpture on the walls) and listening to Amy Ray and Emily Saliersthe (a/k/a The Indigo Girls) and their very special guest Kathleen Edwards do an absolutely stunning three part a capella version of This Is My Song, a hymn set to the tune of Finlandia:

This is my song, O God of all the nations
A song of peace for lands afar and mine
This is my home, the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes and dreams, my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country's skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight, too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

The audience was dead silent - except for me, since I knew the hymn from choir and couldn't resist humming along with the tenor line. But it was sad and hopeful and beautiful and a gorgeous example of just how good these women are, even if you take away their instruments.

And then they brought the house lights back up a bit, and a roadie ran on stage with instruments, and Amy & Emily rocked the house down.

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