Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blog Caroling: Still, Still, Still (an Austrian carol)


DearFRIENDS,
We come from all walks of life and a variety of religious points of view. When considering my contribution to footnoteMaven's 2016 Blog Caroling Challenge, I recall last year I chose "Let There Be Peace on Earth" sung by children reflecting the beauty of diversity and the hope all children have for a happy life. Other years I've been inspired by tremendous vocalists such as Andrea Bocelli. I was touched by David Archuleta's singing "The Prayer." Two years ago over 1,000 people who came together with the Piano Guys and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing "Angels We Have Heard On High." 

This year, Ol'DearMYRTLE is thinking in softer, quieter tones. My 2016 Blog Caroling contribution is the Austrian carol "Still, Still, Still" performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in an arrangement by Mack Wilberg.

I've been particularly drawn to this carol since I first heard it a number of years ago. The soft tones and simple harmony quiet my soul as I reflect upon precious things of the heart.



Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Savior's birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Savior's birth.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
Songwriters: Bryan Michael Paul Cox / Jermaine Dupri / Johnata M Austin
Still, Still, Still lyrics © Norman Luboff Music





May we walk closer together, recognizing our small differences are far outweighed by the multitude of things we have in common. This season, as we gather in traditional celebrations, we miss those loved ones who've passed on, and joyfully welcome the newest, tiniest members of our families.

Mr. Myrt and I wish you the very best. We look forward to spending time together in the New Year discovering new research methods and resources as we cheer each other on in this noble pursuit. We are the ones blessed to tell our ancestors' stories. They will not be forgotten.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)