"If it weren't for music, I would think that love is mortal."
--Mark Helprin, "A Soldier of the Great War"
Last night, I suffered through the first half-hour of a two-hour ABC special that ostensibly was to have country music artists perform Christmas music. After hearing the names "Lord," "Jesus," "Christ," and "God" (much less "Mary" or "Joseph") uttered only in a rocked-up version of "Joy To The World" performed by Racsal Flatts, I turned to Amazon Prime via my Fire TV and watched a couple of episodes of "Downton Abbey," a BBC series I never managed to watch when it first aired on PBS. The characters in an episode that was set on Christmas Eve, sang, without apparent irony or embarrassment, Christmas carols that featured the names of the saints and the deities. Then again, the episode was set in 1924, prior to removal of "Christ" form "Christmas," at least in the public square. I tuned in for the last fifteen minutes of the ABC show, and heard nothing but more vapid secular tunes. Nashville has sold country music's heritage to the secular humanists. It's already sold country music's soul to the rootless and debased mainstream of American "popular" music "tastes," so I should have expected nothing less.
Thank God for the Mormons who constitute The Piano Guys to save the sacred in Christmas by performing carols with the beauty and reverence they deserve. This one is a gem.