There are not adequate words to describe Ray LaMontagne's voice. It must be heard. His take on every song he sings is always from somewhere way down deep. I first heard him when my daughter sent me a You Tube about this guy singing a powerful, disturbing ballad entitled Jolene. He and the song were the focus of a lengthy dissertation on the power and meaning of music in our culture. Well , the paper was amazing. After all my daughter is usually the smartest person in the room. Her brother would probably take exception to that, at least when he's around. From the first note by "this guy", I was hooked. There was more pain in one note than most singers give in their entire careers. No irony, just plain, simple singing from his very soul.
Today's take on a classic standard, made famous by Ray Charles, with a gospel choir and The United States Navy Band backing, makes us see what's important this time of year - Take it to heart as Ray LaMontagne performs live THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS on the Mall in Washington, D.C..
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Keep That Spirit Alive Fellow Nomads