Bells at Midnight, from A Tiny Miracle (Day 97)


Halfway there!

I began posting songs on January 1, and made a commitment to post a song a day for 194 days. Today, I celebrate 97 straight days, which is the halfway point in the journey to that goal.

Since starting out, I’ve hosted over 1,300 visitors and more than 3,500 pageviews, and 1,500 of those page views have been more than 3 minutes long. Although the daily traffic is nothing spectacular, the cumulative impact is impressive.

It makes me think, again, about the song Have A Little Faith from A Tiny Miracle, in which I wrote:

A single flake of snow can start an avalanche.
One root, alone, can split a stone in two,
And little acorns grow to be
Majestic oaks eventually.
Although you may be small,
There’s big things you can do!

And so Project 194 continues. It’s all downhill from here!

When we last left the Little Tree in A Tiny Miracle, she was certain that she would spend Christmas Eve alone, her beauty unappreciated, her gift of love unshared. Much to the surprise of the Little Tree and Wally, the tree lot proprietor, a customer rushes up at the last minute, and is only too happy to buy the Little Tree. He hails a cab and takes the Little Tree to a hospital room where the man’s wife is in labor, and as the bells of Christmas ring out at midnight, their child is born.

On this longest night of all,
Through the darkness hear them call.
Bells proclaim the news to men:
As the night gives way to morn,
Unto us a child is born.
Hope has wakened once again.

This piece for chorus repeats three times, first as a simple statement of the melody, then as a round, then as a more complex four-part canon, before the children’s voices are heard singing the refrain of Have A Little Faith:

Each of us is a kind of miracle,
A precious gift to share.
Even you are a tiny miracle…

And the Little Tree gets the final words:

Unto us a child is born.

If you missed them, these are the songs already posted on Project 194; the links on the right are songs chosen at random from previous posts. Want to contribute to my interactive composition, “Hear My Song?” Read more here. Want to receive daily songs delivered direct to your inbox? Sign up here!

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