Winter so far has been more soft than harsh. The sparkle of the season still remains, a glittery residue. I cling to holiday carols as a talisman of joy. Winter's magic still has me in thrall.
While visiting family over the holidays, I discovered a new version of an old song through my chorister nephew. He admires Jacob Collier, a musical prodigy that became known through complex self composed and created musical videos on Youtube. The version of In the Bleak Midwinter with Collier performing all of the complex harmonies himself is a revelation. The performance inspired me to dig deeper into the song's history.
In the Bleak Midwinter is a poem written by Christina Rossetti, first published in January of 1872 as, A Christmas Carol. Rossetti belonged to a famous artistic family and is one of the Victorian age's finest poets. Her portrait below was created by her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti via