What Song

Imagine that a calamity came along that would wipe out every song in the world except one and that you had the power to choose the one that would remain. All musical compositions would continue, but there could only be one song. What would be your choice to hear for the rest of your life? One song, that’s all, what would you choose?

This question, and my answer, came to me while watching Andrea Bocelli perform in a deserted Milan on Easter Sunday a few days ago. His twenty-five-minute solo concert included my pick for the eternal and solitary song for the world. As I listened to his awesome tenor voice, I recalled another heart-stopping time I had heard this song.

Several years ago while in Nova Scotia I was walking near Peggy’s Cove when I heard music that wafted across the rugged terrain and rode the wind with great effect. That music was from a bagpiper standing alone upon a hill of stone. There were no words, but I knew the words by heart.

I have no musical talent but I love all kinds of music and especially enjoy rock from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The songs that stir my heart the most though are hymns I remember from my childhood. I can see my grandfather leading the singing in the little country church. You can hear my favorite song in all the world and the one I’d pick for forever here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRciWwLXctQ

What song would be your pick for the world?


The 25-minute live-streamed “Music for Hope” concert by the Italian singer reached more than 2.8 million concurrent viewers in the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history. You can hear and see Bocelli’s entire concert here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTUOek4LgU


“A good song takes on more meaning as the years pass by.” Bruce Springsteen


7 thoughts on “What Song

  1. I agree with everything you say about music. It is such an integral part of me and my soul that I cannot imagine living without it. That is why I would choose blindness over deafness. I, too, enjoy a wide variety of music, because of many dear people who exposed me to the music in my early years.

    So, if I had to choose, it would be very hard. I might choose Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel KamaKawiwo’ole because it is so upbeat or Going Home because it is the promise of seeing our loved ones again. Of course, I might include the Mission because of its haunting theme as well as many more songs that I would miss very much. So I cannot decide but I hope that I never have to.

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      1. The two versions of Going Home that I like are by Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Sissel. Lawrence Welk also has a good instrumental version.
        The Mission is an instrumental piece and my favorite part of it it Gabriel’s Oboe solo. You may just want to find that part.

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  2. If I had to pick a song that I think would give hope at all times, it would probably be:
    “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee;
    Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not. As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be….”

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