Thank you, Third Day.
Once upon a time, I sang in a church choir (or two or three or…). I couldn’t – and still can’t! – read music, but I sang with a choir from 1986 – 2004. I did fairly well as an alto (hey, we only have four actual notes to sing) and was happy.
MSG (my younger son with autism, for those who are recently joining me here), was born and we moved and things just worked out that I stopped singing in 2004. My then-little-guy couldn’t handle music. At all. His sensory issues (auditory was huge) were such that he was frantic at noises and music made him upset. So no music, not even at Christmas, unless I was alone or had earphones on.
Then, MSG got good with instrumentals and so now, we are able to listen to instrumental music at Christmas time. And we sing one carol on Sunday morning. He is learning to play the violin, so it is safe to say his musical tolerance has increased noticeably.
But I have missed my Christmas carols something fierce. Until I found my husband’s Third Day Christmas Offerings album on CD.
Today, I got to sing Christmas carols again. Third Day’s album has some of my favorites, and they were arranged for them, but not so differently than how I have been accustomed to hearing and singing them for my entire life. It was a real blessing to me to be able to sing along after I dropped MSG off at school this morning. Really made my whole day.
So thank you Third Day and all artists who share their special arrangements of timeless classics with the rest of us. It is vastly appreciated.
Maybe, if I’m careful about it and go a little bit at a time, I can share these songs with my son, too.
Someday, we might be able to enjoy them, together. And that’d be wonderful.