Here is the third movement of the Advent String Quartet. The theme for this one is joy. This last Sunday was the one where the priests can wear the "rose" (I still call them pink") vestments and I believe that the theme is usually joy for this Sunday.
This is a really odd piece for me. Reason is I tend towards heavier and darker sounds and sonorities - Heavy metal, dissonant German opera, etc. I am more at home in a minor key (sad sounding) than a major key (happy sounding). This piece is pretty joyful :) My wife even said that it is cute. It is rather faster paced and I wanted to give sound to what joy would be, in particular the bouncing, jumping, and a general lightness that usually comes with joy. I put in a slightly depressing part to contrast to the more joyful theme. If it had a program (a story), I would say that it would be about a child joyfully waiting in anticipation for Christmas. Then, during this time of waiting, he got some bad news, but not terrible news. Maybe that he got a bad grade in school, lost a game....something that would be depressing for a child but definitely something that can be overcome. Slowly we see the child get over their loss and begin to focus again on Christmas.
The same should be said for us. I know that Christmas has a lot of baggage for a lot of people and that for most of us, it isn't as "magical" as it once was when we were younger. But, shouldn't it be though? Have we really missed the whole reason for this season of Advent? We will soon meet the Christ Child on Christmas day. And unlike the first Christmas when Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wise guys etc. came to know this miraculous child and birth, we understand fully that he is our salvation. The salvation of our race. Shouldn't we be joyful?
Be sure to take a listen to the movement and get in touch with your innertube...I meant inner child :)
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