It is the 4th of July weekend. The streets are empty, and quiet. The 101 degree heat has a way of amplifying the feeling of desertion. The previous day’s events have left me groggy and tired. Shuffling one foot in front of the other, I moped from house to house, putting pieces of paper that people don’t want into metal boxes that they rarely check. My iPod pumped music and podcasts into my thick, sludgy brain, a life support system of sorts. Next up on the playlist… one of the TED talks. I was less than enthused, but I was too bored to reach down and switch tracks.
I was listening to the audio version of the video you are about to see. A couple of minutes into this presentation, something happened.
I know this is going to sound a tad dramatic, but this is what happened.
Every hair on my body stood at full attention. My whole being – body, mind, and spirit, jumped off of the life support bed, yanked out the cords, and were electrified, on fire, as if I was suddenly standing face to face with God himself. Tears came to my eyes. I listened to the audio over and over again. I was elevated, expanded, and alive in a new way. Somehow everything on my iPod, except for these few seconds of audio, felt inconsequential.
When I came home, I saw the actual video – and was again humbled, awestruck, and moved to tears again.
This is what I heard:
This is the full length version of “Lux Aurumque”
And here is the full version of “Sleep”:
In this age of political, national, social, and economic divisiveness, there is something glorious about seeing the what a humble video of a person singing in their bedroom, posted to YouTube, can become. This cacophony of the oldest form of music making – and high tech given to the common man via YouTube, results in something transcendent and truly God – like. There are no limits.
I’m done talking. Let’s listen and watch again.