Aftermath: Noontime Carilion Concert at First United Methodist Church

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

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