Dear Ezra and Lian,
It has been recorded more than any other song in the history of the world. It’s everywhere. You and I heard it a few days ago in an IMAX movie. It was played on bagpipes from the International Space Station. So I am going to have a bagpipe version here, as well as a vocal version. It’s a tip to my Scots-Irish heritage. I grew up a few blocks from a branch of the Canadian Legion, so I would often hear bag pipers or entire pipe bands. Every local parade would have them. Of course, Remembrance Day would have pipes. Back when I was politically involved, every political speaker would be “piped in” to the room. Of course, every TV or movie version of a police or firefighter funeral will have a bagpipe version of this song.
It’s also the ultimate, white trash, redneck song. In the search for redemption, it’s only Amazing Grace that really offers any. The words of this song are so profound, so timeless, so meaningful that I have included a video with the lyrics.
A view of the Scottish country taken from across Scotland. Accompanied by the music Amazing Grace performed by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.from the Spirit…