There is no doubt that music can and does evoke strong emotions. Most couples have what they term “our song.” JoAnn’s and my song is the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Every time we see Elvis singing it in the film “Blue Hawaii” or hear it playing, we cannot help but recall with emotion our first dance at our wedding reception.

It doesn’t matter if you hear it on an ancient device known as a radio, or more modern media such as satellite radio or computer. A long-forgotten song from your youth can immediately recall memories of a high school dance, cruising in your first car or just a pleasant summer’s evening shared with family or friends.

I was procrastinating instead of doing work on the computer when I came across a remarkable video on YouTube. It was a flash mob arranged, presented and filmed by a bank in Spain. It began when a little girl put a coin in a container in front of a tuxedo-clad man with a bass, who immediately began playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the Ninth Symphony. He was soon joined by other musicians and then by singers until there was a full orchestra and choir triumphantly filling the town square with magnificent music.

The scenes of little kids “conducting” the music or being held by mom or sitting on dad’s shoulders and bounced in time to Beethoven was enough to put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.

“Ode to Joy” was even more meaningful to me as it is the basis of “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You” that was played as the concluding song at the funeral Masses for both my dad and mother. It summed up the joy they had in their lives and the joy they brought into the lives of my siblings, me and our families.

Music is one of gifts of God that bring us the greatest joy in life — especially when we remember to thank God for that joy.


We are joyful when we adore Him.

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