Every Year Rick Jensen and I have a couple of regular holiday gigs, and every year for the past few years we’ve closed our sets with this arrangement of The Star and Do You Hear What I Hear. What I love about it is not that it has a big dramatic ending, or that it’s fun to sing, although, that doesn’t hurt. What I love is that these pieces remind me everyone matters, and everyone’s story is important.
The characters here, for the most part, are as humble as you can get, a homeless family, a new born baby, a shepherd boy. But each has the power to make a difference. We don’t have to born to privilege to make a difference, all we have to do is be ourselves. I once took a class from the singer Barbara Cook, and the thing that she kept saying over and over to every student was you are enough. We have within us everything we need to be a light in the world we only have to trust it enough to reach out and share ourselves and our stories with others. The simple acts of truly listening and speaking from your heart are the greatest gifts we can give. Not so easy always, but when they are given they can do miracles.
This is my wish and my goal this holiday season; to listen deeply and without judgement, to share myself honestly and with love, and to trust that in doing so I am enough.