This holiday season of 2008 is proving difficult for many people because of current economic hardships and fears for the future. Yet, paradoxically, it can also be a time of great opportunity,through a conscious focus on core values and deeper connections with our fellow beings.
We’re aware that those sentiments can sound overly simplistic.On the other hand, there is real virtue in simplicity, as Leonard Bernstein demonstrated in a beautiful little song he wrote for his dramatic piece, Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers.
Mass was performed twice in New York City recently as part of a year long celebration of Bernstein’s 90th birthday (unfortunately he died at age 72). You can read an enthusiastic review here.
We think you will find “A Simple Song” as appealing and powerful as we do.
Please take a few moments to listen by clicking on the link below:
For Streaming Audio: www.audioacrobat.com/play/W7rLNrBQ
Note: If you would like to buy a recording of Mass, Josh recommends the 2 CD box set on SONY (Amazon Standard Identification Number B0000029XM). Alan Titus is The Celebrant, with The Norman Scribner Choir and The Berkshire Boys Choir; Orchestra Conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He strongly recommends this over the more recent, more expensive version conducted by Kent Nagano.