Bettie and I were taking a nap on Sunday afternoon when I started hearing voices.

Yes, they were from outside my head.  Bettie had her alarm set to a public radio station and they were playing a program out of St. Paul, MN (Saint Paul Sunday – how do they think up these names??).

The show focused on Trio Mediaeval, vocalists who sing a capella and whose voices blend most wonderfully.  I tried to record the show – tomorrow I’ll see how the recording turned out.

Their music reminded me of Stellamara‘s Immrama (7-minute hi-fi song hiding in there, from Magnatune).  The soaring vocals, the sense of being in another world.  Or the awesomeness of a 40-part choir performing a 400-year-old mass (thanks, BBC, but please make this recording available again!).  Or the Calling On Song from The Cottars.

This music is transcendent.  Not just in the “I don’t want to work, so I’ll listen to some Supertones”.  More in the “There’s something beyond the here and now” area.  It calls to something inside, something at the core of me.

David knew the feeling.  From Psalms 42:7

Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

There is something evocative – evoking – in certain music and settings.  Is it a catchy beat – you can really dance to it?  No – it’s God.

But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.

(from The Message, around Romans 1:19-20).  And in a review of the Trio’s singing, a New York Times review said

(…) these three voices blended with a supernatural clarity and beauty that might cause even a confirmed agnostic to contemplate a spark of divinity in these centuries-old manuscripts.

Proving that the scripture is right (although the Bible does not depend on NYT for proof, and vice versa).