Harry Connick Jr.’s music takes me back to the very early 90’s when I was actively involved in the production side of our church, Chesapeake Presbyterian, in Southern Maryland. I was on the drama team, and we performed skits that contributed to the focus of each sermon. I made a lot of friends there, many of whom I haven’t seen in a long time. I miss them genuinely.
For some reason, Connick, Jr. would always be playing on my rides to and from the church, and I had his voice, his energy for life with me wherever I went. I wish I could explain it. My spirituality and commitment to the church was enhanced by his music. Perhaps it was the fact that I had joined Chesapeake soon after my father had died; I was carrying many of my father’s loves with me during those fragile days and months, and his ties with the Big Band sound were certainly no exception. Maybe it brought me closer to him when I needed him more than ever. I don’t know.
I do know that I love Harry Connick, Jr.’s music today just as much as I did then.
Connick, Jr. has cut a lot of Christmas music. I like much of it, but this song resonates a certain belief in me that the magic of Christmas, if shared openly with others, is contagious. It’s what makes us get “in the spirit” when we are surrounded by those who love this time of year.
Toward the end of the song, Connick, Jr. belts out the lines, “Let the angels sing around us / Christmas time is here. / Let our children’s love surround us / Laughing and filled with cheer,” I am filled with memories of my own children embracing the spirit of Christmas. All we need to do is open our eyes, our hearts, and our arms to let the spirit fill us, too, whenever we need it.
People are belting it out everywhere, like Harry Connick, Jr. We just need to let the madness of all the commercialism and financial pressures (will stores *sell* enough to stay alive in 2010? ugh) fall away so that the true meaning of Christmas resonates strongly among us.
May your heart find Christmas, now and always. It’s found me, and I have no intention of letting it slip away.