Today I went to the Chan Centre in Vancouver BC to a prouduction of the Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project (musicians from Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria BC and Toronto) of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major BWV 243. In Vancouver we have a healthy early music scene sponsored by Early Music Vancouver and our Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

One of the additional works by Bach featured a chorale Zion hört die Wächter singen sung by tenor Aaron Sheehan.

It immediately transported me to Mexico City when I first heard a record, Jazz Sebastian Bach — Swingle Singers. The chorale was featured as the first cut on the first side of the Swingle Singers record. The Swingle Singers (I was 21) introduced me to a lifelong love of Bach and baroque music.

My wife and I drove home (lots of snow something not usual to Vancouver). The first thing I did was to put my original record (an Argentine Phillips pressing on the turntable). I suddenly felt happy. The record is perfect Christmas music without any pathos. Its happy and immediately took me back to moments in my life before life became awfully serious.

Merry Christmas to all of you in Medium

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Vancouver BC

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at:

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