Years ago at this time of year we would vote between us for our favourite things. We being me, Sarah and my daughter Clare. Looking back on the year nearly gone we’d remember and vote on various categories like our “shop of the year, best film, top book and one song.”

And I was particularly remembering this last one whilst writing my “Year of Living Quietly” post the other day. Because if we were voting this year I’d be in no doubt at all that my “one song” of 2020 would be this:

The song is called “Upon Your Heart.” Written by Eleanor Daley and performed by the Choirs of Pembroke College, Cambridge, conducted and arranged by Anna Lapwood.

Upon Your Heart

Composer: Eleanor Daley
Text: Song of Solomon 8:6, 7 and John 15:9-12

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love,
Love one another as I have loved you,
Then shall your joy be complete.

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death.

Which says everything I would want said in my song of the year. About the strength of my love for the people I love, for those of you I’ve missed so much this year, and for all of us in our collective wish to get through this. It’s a funeral song, of course, for those who haven’t got through this. And a love song strong as any other for the people you know and the children you love, by the children who sing it.

Since I bought the record it’s from a month or so ago I keep returning to this song as my light in the darkness. And every time it begins its effect on me is physical. A calming and a deepening.

Which is why I thought I would bring it to your attention. For love is strong as death.

More about Anna Lapwood and this beautiful music here at “All things are quite silent”

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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