December 19 – Heartbreak and Holidays (704)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR704.mp3]

Where is the dwelling place of light? And where is the house of darkness?  Go about; walk the limits of the land.  Do you know a path between them?  — Job 38:19-20

Lines Written In The Days Of Growing Darkness
(Mary Oliver)

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends

into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on, cheerfully enough,
this and every crisping day,

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
(Henry W. Longfellow)

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

I’m going to do something different today.  For the last six years, Great River Radio has done a holiday music show in December, and this year will be no exception.  But today’s music will be special in light of the tragedies that we are experiencing.  There is sadness in the world, public sadness and private sadness, and I know that for many this time of year isn’t the “most wonderful” but a time of deep loneliness.

At the same time, I am daily reminded of the beauty around me, in the faces of people, in the sparkling lights on trees, and the stars in the sky.  This afternoon’s music will reflect the sadness and the beauty of the holidays this year.  There will be more sacred music than typical for GRR, and music that is thoughtful and perhaps a bit moody.  We’ve got songs from Sufjan Stevens (of course), the Twin Cities men’s vocal group Cantus, Over The Rhine, Priscilla Ahn with the most beautiful version of “Silent Night” and Joshua James reinventing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

There is more, but tune in to hear it.  Another departure for GRR today:  I’m going to start the music and then say nothing for the entire show – there will be only music today.

This afternoon on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

Tune in live, or listen later on the blog.

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Playlist
Skating on a River-Lily Frost
The Heartache Can Wait-Brandi Carlile
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-Joshua James
I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day-The Civil Wars
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
Winter Moon-Stan Getz
Ah Holy Jesus (With Reed Organ)-Sufjan Stevens
O Magnum Mysterium-Cantus
E’en So, Lord/Dadme Albricias-Modern Mandolin Quartet
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
Prelude to Cello Suite #1-Michael Hedtes
Saviour of the Nations, Come-Cantus
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing-Sufjan Stevens
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn
What Child Is This?-Sarah McLachlan
Now The Day Is Over-Shawn Colvin
The Day After Christmas-Kate Miller-Heidke
Auld Lang Syne-James Taylor

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