Christmas with Annie Moses Band
I had the privilege of attending one of the tour concerts of the Annie Moses Band last night at Huguenot Road Baptist Church in Richmond Va and one thought remains with me this morning. Heart coupled with skill is indomitable. When placed on display it creates hope, inspiring, moving... in a magical tapestry of sound and energy.
Those wonderful musicians were fantastic. Their arrangements of Christmas favorites from God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, to the Vaughn Williams Theme from Thomas Tallis, to Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring.. to their utterly overwhelming O Holy night... all filled with energy and drive anew..
Many times I thought, They are a string quartet with personality, and a spirit of praise. The story telling legacy which they so easily access within their own family history brings the audience in. The stage craft is fundamental, and not overstated... from the flipping hair, to the step up together..
Their percussionist is stunning in his use of so many sounds and textures to support, drive, and sustain... and their voices.... Well, it is the singing that sustains me and it was beautiful, and powerful.
A beautiful place, a beautiful memory, and a beautiful testimony for a Blessed Christmas time.
If you have a chance to experience their artistry. Grasp it with both hands and hold on for the ride. The journey in sound will be worth your precious time... for when the Christmas Child cries... you are likely to do the same.. and you WILL remember the reason for the season.