Here is a video of a beautiful piece of music that everyone should listen to. It is Mannheim Steamroller’s Silent Night. If you haven’t heard this by now, let me warn you, you will be moved. It is like the music just evokes the whole feeling of what Christmas is really all about. It is haunting and it just wells up inside you.
I first heard this back in the 80′s when the group was just starting to be heard on the radio around Christmastime. My brother had the Christmas cd, made a cassette tape copy for me, and I have played it ever since that Christmas every year. I just recently bought the cd so I could have a better copy, and I absolutely love it.
Another reason this is so beautiful to me is that I remember playing this as I was making wreaths for gifts down in my basement one year. It was late at night, I was by myself, and this angelic music started playing. Even though I had heard it many times before, it had a different meaning for me at that very moment.
My mother had passed away that March and I was depressed to say the least, and this music just reminded me of heaven. The violin here sounds like it is crying and it is so moving throughout, especially at the very end with the sounds of the wind and the baby piano. It was as if I was a child all over again and I was missing my mommy. I cried like a baby. Every time I hear this, I feel that all over again. But it is so beautiful, and the music just fades away into happy soft, sleigh bells that bring back hope. That’s when I picture my mother happy in heaven and I’m suddenly comforted.
That’s what this music means to me. But please listen and see what it brings back in memories for you. It is a little slow in the beginning, but it’s perfect because it sets the whole mood. The violin starts around 2:00. I hope you enjoy this beautiful gift.