At the suggestion of an online friend, I have made a video entitled “Like An Angel Passing Through My Room,” and I’d like to offer this as a little Christmas gift to those who frequent this blog. It is intended to be an artistic representation of hidden feelings I had as a gay man who repressed his sexuality for decades. Thus the title, Hidden Reverie.
The music that accompanies the images is a song that was performed by the singer Sissel when she was the guest artist several years ago at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert. That concert to me was … magical. Sissel’s voice has a transcendent quality about it – lovely and pure as a mountain spring – which is appropriate since she is Norwegian. This, combined with the emotion she put into every number made the evening unforgettable.
One of the highlights for me of that evening was her rendition of Like An Angel Passing Through My Room. She explained during the concert that the song was intended to evoke the image of a quiet reverie on a dark winter’s evening. The live performance was transportive, and as I contemplated my life as closeted gay man, it seemed to speak to me of those years of secret thoughts and desires.
So, I offer to you this little video, thinking perhaps it might strike a chord with some of you as well.