Music from the Monks of Valaam
This is a hymn beloved throughout the Orthodox world. Sing it to a room of Greeks and several will weep. Why? I think it's the tune, based on Greek folk style. It sounds like home, like a song about your mother (the Virgin) should sound. Secondly, the text is a wonderful hodge-podge of phrases about the Theotokos from the Akathist and various canons.
I'm back from my time in Vermont at Sonata piano workshop and ready to find you lots more music. Stay in touch and enjoy the post-Labor Day world. Oh, there's still more delights ahead!