March has been a remarkable month of firsts for the Mormon Third Eye. Last week I wrote about my first heart attack. This week I reference an even more monumental accomplishment- my first singing engagement with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Let me explain.
I've been an avid fan of the book of Isaiah and Handel's Messiah. His prophecies of the first and second coming of Christ put to music by Handel introduced my heart to the gospel as teenager too many years ago. Since then I have chased after every rational opportunity to join others in singing this inspired oratorio in attempts to resurrect those original feelings of joy and commitment to the Savior. For many years the highlight of my Christmas season has been spending long hours with like-minded souls practicing and performing selections from Handel's Messiah. Even so, thoughts of singing THAT with the Motab existed far beyond the realms of reality; they were practically unthinkable.
Last month, however, technology and creativity caught up with reality. The Motab, through the miracle of the Internet, gave anyone with a computer the opportunity to participate with them in a virtual performance of the Hallelujah Chorus. They provided the sheet music, a conductor, and the Motab to sing along with me. All I had to was record myself singing along with them and post it on youtube with the Hallelujah hashtag. With the help of youtube musical wizards Peter and Evynne Hollens, the Motab folks blended my submission with thousands of others to produce the most awesome version of the Hallelujah chorus ever sung, which was released today here:
Time to dream again. More marvelous unthinkable achievements await me. Join me.