It's December. That means music planning, unpacking lots of boxes (I won't confess how many) of Christmas decorations, making lists, battling traffic and lines everywhere we go. So in many ways my life is random right now-but what do I like about random? I like that I can put 5 CD's of all different kinds of seasonal music in the player, hit random and I don't know what will come up next. It might be Mannheim Steamroller or Kings College, Straight No Chaser or Chanticleer, Robert Shaw or Wind Machine. So many different styles, themes, instrumentation and interpretations of the same carols but each variation brings something different and charming to those beloved carols. 

I think back when I was a kid and my siblings and I would put a stack of LP's on the console stereo turn up the bass and sing at the top of our lungs. But it was the same artists for 5 or 6 songs, sounding much the same on each song. But now with random on our devices we can be surprised! Woken up! Hmmmm.....is that helping me to keep watch and wait during this Advent season?

Mary McIntire