Regardless of when we first heard David sing, the reality is it was pure and simple, wonderful and blessed fate that crisscrossed our lives with David’s artistry. And, now with this album, there will be myriad people hearing David for the first time.
David, with Christmas From The Heart, yet again, shows us another luminous facet of his talent, his heart and his soul.
These are my personal impressions and opinions.
Inspiration, faith, love, humility, gentleness, joy, mystery, and, yes, these performances are from the deepest recesses of his heart. In these songs, we feel David’s heart, he invites us to visit with his soul as he sings, and we see through his pure eyes, enveloped in his glorious love, the Infinite, the Universal One.
Accomplished and Ambitious? You betcha! Songs in English, Latin, Spanish and French, no less. Fearless in depth and breadth of choices. Orchestras, choirs, slow rhythms, fast tempos and in-between. At the core of every song, arising with rich, gorgeous clarity and crisp, sharp definition out of the surrounding music, the instrument that we have spent the last 22 months marveling about, David’s Voice.
Every song speaks volumes to me. My top songs (and they change priority every time I listen):
What Child Is This – Pure genius. Genuine, flowing from the center of David’s heart and faith. “This, this, is Christ the King…Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.” Vulnerable. Authentic. Tender. STUNNING. And then there are the vocals, the voice, the talent — but those are secondary to the purity and beauty of the message David delivers.
Ave Maria – To hear David sing this prayer is a rare and unexpected gift. His approach is quite simply to convey adoration one note at a time. The reverence he infuses into each syllable is deeply poignant and intimate. Each word finds us, like sonar, and detects and communicates with resounding pings, with our heart and soul. The Infinite. God. Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God. Life. Love. To be among Angels. His vocalization of “Amen” is a tsunami of faith. His live performances of Ava Maria will shake the stars from the sky, make angels faint and demons weep.
O Holy Night – Soaring into the heavens and beyond. Massive love. The Universal One. That last verse: “Noel, Noel…O night, O night divine. Noel, Noel, O night, O night divine” Sacred. Of the Divine.
And, then, there is Pat-A-Pan. Mysterious. Edgy. A march. “Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan.” David’s voice giving us the sound of the drum, pat-a-pan, and the fife (small flute), tu-re-lu-re-lu, that the shepherds played to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I suspect reams will be written about this song, especially the last sixty seconds.
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel flashes through my mind when I hear David’s magnificent vocals and melodic interpretations with this collection of songs. One should be prepared for complete rapture if one but allows it to happen. From agnostic to devout, no matter our personal beliefs, it is a conduit for us, if we so chose, to touch the finger of The Divine.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, SnowAngelz!
Addendum: Just wanted to say that although a person of faith I am not affiliated with a specific religious belief system. I was raised in an extended multi-cultural, multi-religious family. After years of attending services at various places of worship, I ended up with a deep appreciation of the world of faith and religion.
Also, I am a lifelong student of the European Renaissance and admirer of the artistry of Michelangelo (di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) and thus the choice of art.
Finally, I did post an excerpt of this on Amazon as a review after I downloaded the MP3.