To Uber a package of admiration in the form of an eighteen carat gold star belt buckle engraved with the word "Willing."
Oh boy, Dude. You're gonna go places with that one.
I'll include a note that says
"I just learned today that you did something here that was brave, patient, character- building and full of personal integrity."
And I'll be secretly smiling when you open it thinking of all the wimmins who are gonna misinterpret the meaning.
"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer
To Anja, her very own copy of Michael Praetorius' Mass for Christmas Morning, since she found the excerpts I showed her so uplifting.
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This exhilarating disc is arguably the most important record Paul McCreesh has made. Praetorius, the first great composer of Lutheran church music, wrote countless pieces based on popular Lutheran chorale tunes, ranging from simple harmonizations to flamboyant fantasias for multiple choirs with instruments. He also provided detailed instructions regarding various performance options--including ways to involve the congregation. Here, for the first time, McCreesh puts these instructions into practice, reconstructing an extravagant Christmas service. We hear elaborately scored Mass movements, simple harmonizations, the Creed (with Luther's own music), lusty congregational singing, and spirited organ improvisations. Many of the Christmas chorales Praetorius used are still well-known today, including Wachet auf (Sleepers wake) and In dulci jubilo, which gets a magnificent setting with trumpet-and-drum fanfares. --Matthew Westphal