Music is my happy place

Music is my happy place

I took this picture on a recent visit to Bethlehem, PA.  The figures are Beyers Choice carolers.  I was awed by this stairway choir.  It reminds me of the importance of music in our lives at holiday time and throughout the year.  Music talks to our hearts in a very basic way, soothing or arousing our souls.  It is integral to times of gathering and times of solitude.  It has been a part of all cultures.


Advent is about HOPE, PEACE, JOY, AND LOVE.  Song has enriched all of these experiences across decades and nations.

On the Hallmark channel, there is a movie called The Christmas Choir based on the true story of a man who started a choir of homeless men who eventually sang at Carnegie Hall.  HOPE in the midst of brokenness.

Christmas 1914, during World War One, soldiers ceased fire and sang “O Come All Ye Faithful” in their native languages: “Two nations singing the same carol in the middle of the war”.  PEACE in the midst of battle.

I wonder how many churches around the world are singing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come” at midnight Christmas eve/morning.  JOY in the midst of manic preparations.

“Love Came Down at Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” are two of many holiday songs about the importance of love in our spiritual and earthly relationships. LOVE in the midst of whatever else we may be feeling.


This stairway of carolers raises the personal question of “who is in my choir?”  Who fits my rhythm and my inner voice?  Where do I find my harmony?  What can I do to attract friends who can carry my tune?

Who is in your choir?


At this holiday season, surround yourself with harmonious people and events.  And choose hope, peace, joy, and love.