A Story About "O Holy Night"
We kept it going all the way into the 90's, when we stopped 'touring' in a regular fashion. A couple of years ago, we did it one more time with all the trimmings; how glorious that was! It was just SO awesome! Here are some pictures:
One time in the early 90's we were going to do a really big Christmas show at what was our home base at the time, the Sons of Mary in Framingham. As I recall we were doing the concert with our good friend Jon Polce. Jim had set up off-the board straight recording lines that night, so it really captured our live performance well. I also remember it as one of the most electric-feeling concerts we've done. Something special was going on! Many of the live Christmas songs we've posted to our online sites and on our album are from this night; that's how good it was.
We had another guest, a married couple who performed through stylized actions and dance, like St. Francis. They came up to me right before the concert and asked me to play "O Holy Night" for them to perform to. They wanted to do two verses and then add the end of another verse. I loved the effect of this choice. Without any prior preparation on my part, the time came during the concert, and I just began to sing. A lot of times you can't really tell how well you're singing on a given night; you just trust and do the best you can. But this? This was special. I knew it was something special right from the start. I really meant every word of this wonderful carol with every fiber of my being. I think the lyric choice they made had something to do with that. It is on our album.
So, sit back and tune in to this. A Blessed Christmas to all of you....
O Holy Night (live) Click and listen!
Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE! of Living Waters