We had a bunch of new hymns for a 9/11 festival we have coming up. “Come and Dwell in Solomon’s Halls” was completely new to us, and Egypt and I were both tearing up over it. It’s just a beautiful piece. She was also rather emotional over Mark Hayes arrangement of “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” but to me it sounds like the choirs that sing behind the picture of the girl in her cashmere sweater in 1950s movies — you know, she has a gentle smile and you can just see tears glistening in her eyes, and possibly a bit of script lettering runs across the screen saying Merry Christmas or something.
We’re also doing Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing, often known to the irreverent or those who’ve sung it a million times as Garlic Dressing. Nice stuff.