Tori’s take on Silent Night is, to me, the most superior version out there for one reason, and one reason only: there is a sense of intimacy in it that I don’t feel when I hear it sung in church or with other people’s versions.
with them, the imagery I get in my head is a huge crowd of people gathering around a nursery window at the hospital just to ogle at him. but with Tori, the image in my head is markedly different.
but with Tori, I see Joseph in the back of the barn, snoozing in the hay while Mary is rocking baby Jesus to sleep and singing quietly to him. the general attitude of that seems to say to me, “sure, you may be the world’s savior, but right now, you’re MY baby.”
it just seems to put a huge emphasis on a mother’s love as opposed to people going “okay, so this is the little dude to thank for saving us from the devil.”
that feeling… that thought… has brought me to tears before, it’s so powerful.