The benefit concert I do every year with Big Choir is over.
The audience that was there had had to be very determined about getting tickets. This year the ticket line up, back in September, began at 3:10 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. box office opening. We were sold out in 50 minutes – slower than last year’s 45 minutes – because it was decided to hold back the online and phone sales by half an hour this year to give the all the people who lined up a chance.
So what is the magic formula? I truly wish that I knew. I think we’re all a bit mystified – but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the night always has an unfettered joy about it. Although it’s not a religious concert per se – faith and joy are present in every single act in this family oriented variety show. Many people tell us that this show always marks the start of their Christmas.
And a big part of that unfettered joy is found in the sound and on the faces of the 100 singers in the choir as they ring those big, spinning chords. There’s not much in this world that feels any better than losing yourself inside that many overtones. And when you add lyrics that everyone can stand behind – it’s kind of like Heaven.
Those of us in the Northern hemisphere are now fully engulfed in the long hours of darkness, and the coldness and the snow and sleet – so that even the toughest among us can use a little Heaven.