Well, it took me four whole Sundays before I offered you a selection from Les Miserables. I’d say this is a sign of growth!
too many several versions of the Les Miz soundtrack. The 10th and 25th anniversary editions are regulars on my playlist and I unashamedly downloaded the 2012 movie soundtrack as soon as it became available on Amazon.
One of my favorite tracks on the 10th anniversary edition is the 17 Valjeans. Valjean portrayers from all over the world share a 17-part version of “Do You Hear the People Sing?“, each belting the lyrics in the language of his home country (Starting with Norway, I believe it segues into the main chorus of the finale version. Hearing friends, correct me if I’m wrong!). It’s not uncommon for me to keep this on repeat during my work commute. By the time I get to the office, I’m ready to vive la France like the French student revolutionary I am, natch.
When I was listening to this last week, I wondered, “Is this what heaven is going to sound like?” (Not that I think I can take Les Miz with me to be with the Lord, but a girl can dream.) I was struck by the imagery of these 17 men — each singing in his own language but expressing the same hope, the same call to stand, the same view beyond the barricade — and what a picture that must be of what it will be like when we are Home.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
On a side note, the dream I dream would be to find (or develop) an all-sign version of Les Miz. Will you join my crusade? 🙂
Happy Sunday (night), friends! Be brave this week, and if you’re going back to school, remember, Cherry Coke is your friend.