Why "Thankful"

Why "Thankful"

Several years ago I was looking for a new solo to sing for the holiday season and came across this beautiful song on Josh Groban's 2007 album "Noel". I shared it with my good friend, Chris Garofalo and he arranged "Thankful" for strings, piano and tenor.

We first performed the arrangement on Christmas Eve 2012 with Michele and Mark Lekas (violin and cello). This was a part of the final service presided over by Reverend Edward Searl at Unitarian Church of Hinsdale (UCH). I was invited to provide special music as soloist in worship services with Ed and Chris several times a year at UCH, including every Christmas Eve for over 20 years. The service was very emotional and the special words and music of this piece were very much a part of that.

I've had an opportunity to sing this piece each year at the holidays since that first performance until this year. With all the troubling things that are going on in the world in this past year, including disturbing events in my hometown of Chicago, this piece sprang to mind as I began to consider Thanksgiving and what it means to me this year, 2015

We are all called to a purpose beyond ourselves in the world. For some of us that purpose is more visible than for others. Making a recording of this music, considering its word's and finding a few images to illustrate that has been a clarifying moment for me about that at the close of 2015. I plan to keep this page in place as a reminder of that to myself and anyone else who cares to visit and join in that conversation.

Thanks to everyone who has supported my use of God's gracious gifts. Whatever your concept of "God", may you also be blessed in knowing that God gives you the power to make a decision to make a difference in the world . . .

. . . and that there is SO much to be thankful for!