Thursday, December 15, 2011
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
I've often heard people speak of the awesome nature of the Christmas miracle, and devotionals abound on the "quiet hush" of Advent season as we turn our hearts to God, waiting and yearning. And when I think of that more contemplative side of Advent, the song that captures it for me is not surprisingly a medieval carol.
Deceptively simple, these medieval songs contain a depth of meaning in their lyrics and the simple tone of the melody blend into something resonant and rich. The first time I heard a choir sing this piece, it just blew me away. I've heard a few modern versions that were a tad overdone, but this performance by Nathan Clark George shows off the stark beauty of the song.