Links to Music from the Christmas Letter
From Taizé: I Am Sure I Shall See the Goodness of the Lord
(Play the first one offered)
I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living;
Yes, I shall see the goodness of my God; Oh trust, trust in the Lord. (Ps. 27:13)
And the carol: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
I love the verve and energy of this setting by John Gardner, sung by a choir in Perth, Australia.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play, To call my true love to my dance.
Chorus: Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love.
Then was I born of a virgin pure, Of her I took fleshly substance.
Thus was I knit to man's nature To call my true love to my dance. Chorus
In a manger laid, and wrapped I was So very poor, this was my chance
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass To call my true love to my dance. Chorus
Then afterwards baptized I was. The Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father’s voice heard from above, To call my true love to my dance. Chorus
For a little variety, this setting by John Rutter sung at Winchester Cathedral is also cool and ends with great flair.
And finally, if you would like to see the text of all eleven stanzas…