out of the mouths of Mormons

Whatever your view of the Mormon religion, there’s no finer music at Christmas than that from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

When I lived in that state (known as Utah), I had the pleasure of attending a rehearsal. (As you may or may not know, much of the grand temple in Salt Lake is off limits to the public as well as many Mormons; rehearsals, however, are open to the public.)

Mind you, it was a dress rehearsal so there none of the pageantry of presentation that makes one weep. And the music, the combination of pipe organ and choir voices, was as moving and riveting as, well, I can’t say Patti Smith’s or Neil Young’s but darn close. The sounds from distant reaches on high soar, dip and glide. Like a bird riding the majestic notes of the universe.

The pipe organ is a sight to behold. Created for the Tabernacle in 1867, it’s since been rebuilt five times. It features 11,623 pipes, 3/4 inch to 32 feet in length, and a console with five manuals (keyboards).

It is, deservedly, considered one of the finest pipe organs in the world.

To be in the presence of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is an experience not forgotten. And if that is not possible, the power of the music comes through in the CDs and broadcasts.

If I could give each of you a gift, I'd give you your one favorite holiday song sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

May the music of spirit be with you this Christmas day.

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