Ken Leighton 3:30 p.m., Nov. 22
With the all the rain, I decided to seek out some comfort music.
Traditionally, for me, that is Russian Sacred Choral Music. It is simultaneously melancholy and mystical and that combination does it for me on a rainy day.
I went "youtubing" for one of my favorite composers in this idiom, Pavel Chesnokov.
As I listened to his monumental "Salvation is Created" I noticed a link at the top that said, "Beautiful Russian Folk Song."
God bless youtube because what followed was a revelation.
The title of the song is The Little Bell and this performance melted my heart.
The images on the video are of winter but I felt immensely warm and grateful as I listened.
The final image, along with the most beautiful tenor pianissimo you will ever hear, was almost overwhelming.
I googled like mad to find a translation but without any results so I've emailed my few Russian friends and asked for some guidance. When I hear back, I'll post the translation in the comments section.
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