Friday, September 2, 2011

The Best Amazing Grace

Definitely the best Amazing Grace that I've ever heard! The solo parts are deep, meditational, and filled with emotions: fear, a dark night waiting for the dawn, a lost soul longing for the truth....

But when the four men join force to sing in unison, it's like a huge explosion! It's thunderous, pounding on your heart until it's about to burst; it's overpowering, igniting your soul until it rises from its deep slumber. It's as though you were witnessing the splendour of the very first moment of Creation!

"When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shinning as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first  begun." With the Scottish bagpipe bellowing in triumph and images of the Roman Colisium swiveling in the background, it's like two thousand years of Church history - the Apostles, the saints, the martyrs, the Church Fathers, the persecutions - are encapsulated in one moment of truth, in one unbelievable manifestation of the dignity of the human spirit. When it is all said and done, the listener is left speechless and totally awe-stricken!

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