December 25th, 2003


A Child My Choice

Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm posting early this morning so I don't forget to do it later.

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I'm very fond of all the poems I've posted so far (and of those I have yet to post), but this one is my favorite. "A Child My Choice" was among the very first works I selected, and right from the beginning I knew I'd be posting it on Christmas Day. It's one of the most beautiful reflections on what it means to worship Christ I've ever read.

As with "A Hymn of the Nativity" and "Chanticleer", "A Child My Choice" was set to music by the late Richard Wayne Dirksen. The Cathedral Choral Society performed it for our 2002 Joy of Christmas concert, and we're going to record it for the Christmas album we're releasing next year. Not the whole chorus, mind you; it's a delicate piece, and being sung by 200 people might overwhelm it. So that piece and one other will be performed on the album by a 40-person chamber chorus. Modesty prevents me from naming any of the members of the chamber chorus, but suffice it to say, whee!