By Charlie Johnston
Okay, we are making this a cheery day – or as the Monty Python cast was wont to say, “And now for something completely different…”
I cannot directly embed videos here, so my son set up a Vimeo account for me – which I can link to for videos. On Divine Mercy Sunday, we taped this. One of my friends has a daughter who is in an honor choir. She got three of the girls and two of the boys to agree to come over and do this. Alas, teenagers apparently can think of better things to do with a sunny Sunday afternoon than tape a little song. Who knew? But, two of her girlfriends DID show up – and it came out fine.
In order of their appearance, the girls are Audrey, Anna, and Emily – then me. Many thanks to each of them. Audrey originally showed up with shorts and a t-shirt, but prevailed on Anna to find her something a bit more formal.
Back in my radio days, I used to have to listen to myself on tape for airchecks with the program director – and my kids always insisted on listening to me on holidays. The station would play a “Best of..” tape while we went off on some adventure. The kids were fascinated that I was both in the car driving with them and simultaneously on their radio. I hated listening to myself, but they got so much pleasure from it, I dealt with it. But this was actually the first time I have heard myself sing clearly on tape. Not great, but not bad, either.
This is the song of thanksgiving that rises in the world as rescue comes. I did check with my angel…and those of you who want to are welcome to put on a melody atop this ostinato.