Saturday morning quote #31: Keep it simple
Christmas is simply the celebration of a birth which, as the story goes, took place in a humble outbuilding and among the local consenting beasts of burden. While the religion that evolved around this miraculous birth has become quite complex in its organization, and at times confusingly brutal in its administration, the basic precepts are simple.
C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, that one of the most essential points of Christianity is the mandate to love your neighbor as yourself. This simple point can be easily confounded by forces telling us that we’re not particularly likeable unless we buy the right products on offer, and forget about liking others because we need enemies to keep fear and hate alive because we really need to support the weapons industries that drive the economy. But Lewis feels that it is possible and necessary to strive to love ourselves and others and, if we give it a try, we may be surprised by the results.
In keeping with this simple sentiment, we offer a bit of Christmas calm with the Christ Child’s Lullaby also known by its Gaelic title, Tàladh Chriosda. The video of this movingly simple song was recorded in our simple abode in the frozen woods on a particularly cold and wintry day – the temperature was in the single digits Fahrenheit, or around minus 15 c for those of you across the pond. In keeping with the simplicity of the song, we only used the very dry sounding microphone built into the very simple video camera. It seemed to us that neither the sentiment nor the effect of the song could be improved upon, so we added no enhancements. For those of you interested in hearing a version recorded in a more conventional acoustic, it may also be found on our CD, Duo Seraphim.
And, by the way, our Saturday quotes:
“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
– Charles Mingus
“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.”
– Dizzy Gillespie
With the suggestion that you keep it simple, Happy Christmas to all from Ron & Donna