Winner of Carol’s Best Christmas Music – Category: Mellow
The Gift by Liz Story
Recommended first by sister Dorothy.
New to me this year.
One of my favorites is In the Bleak Midwinter, a piece that James Taylor also does very well.
I know you are very, very busy. You should be wrapping gifts instead of reading blogs.
May I tell you a story? Why this song means so very much to me?
It is a family story that I only know from the telling, because, sadly, I was not present. Twenty-one years ago, my father received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer from Mayo Clinic on Christmas Eve. The following weekend, those of my siblings who could, gathered at my dad’s place in Dubuque. That Sunday Dan sang In The Bleak Midwinter at the chapel. A Capella. He’s a professional, my brother. But when he came to the last verse, (What shall I bring him, poor as I am?) he broke down and wept. Unable to continue. My father walked up to him, put his arms around him, and held him. No words.
So this piece, which has a mournful tone already (and that is not a criticism), always takes me to that Sunday, to a sad family, a very brave brother, and a father who was a father in a most public act of comforting his son; to my Father who gave His Son, to his mother who worshiped him with a kiss, and mostly to the poverty of the writer who offers what she can give–her heart.