Aftermath has always had a thing for bells. The call of a carilion has to be one of the most sublime sounds man ever created - if you've never heard one play Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," well, it would make the devil himself a believer.
One of Aftermath's favorite things about working downtown is that First United Methodist Church (1320 Main) is right up the street, so when he's walking to or from lunch, he'll often pause and listen to the daily carilion concert for a few minutes. It does wonders for the soul.
Today, he went out in the rain in the hopes of hearing some Christmas carol or other. "Angels We Have Heard on High" would have sounded especially nice, or "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, or anything with "Angel" in the title, really. Unfortunately, it was a tune he didn't recognize. Pretty, though.
So the next time you're in the vicinity of Main and Clay around noon, linger a bit and enjoy the bells. Or, if you're driving, roll down the window and turn off the radio. You'll be glad you did. - Chris Gray
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.