Music of the Night
At the start of my junior year in high school, I saw the Los Angeles production of "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber. With the first notes of the overture, I was hooked and another obsession (similar to my Carpenters one) began. I had Phantom sweatshirts, t shirts, the mask and the recordings! I even sang the signature song from the show, "Music of the Night," in a high school show during my senior year.
After "Phantom-mania" had begun in my life I learned of other Lloyd Webber musicals including one called "Jesus Christ Superstar." It dawned on me that the song I thought was stupid, was written by this composer whom I greatly admired. Now I knew who would want to listen to a rock song about Jesus....me.
The irony was not lost on me then nor now. I found something hidden, something I wasn't planning on finding on the shelves of the library and I wasn't ready for it at that time. Yet God in his wisdom (or never ending sense of humor) decided to bring it into my world when I was ready.
Now, as an adult, my wife and I watch a video of singer Michael Ball performing the song "Gethsemane" from "Jesus Christ Superstar" every year during the Easter season. Each time, we are extremely moved by the beautiful (Ball is amazing!) rendition and as we contemplate the story and moment the song illustrates. Funny how life works, huh?
And to think, I once thought the whole thing was "stupid!"
What hidden treasures remain to be discovered in your world?