On a Frantic Time

While some people find solace in hearing the melodies of the season, others are pulling their hair with hopes of completing their holiday-to-do list as the approaching deadline looms.  So on this day, this selection of music is perfect – it is a relatively new song of the season (yet one that people know the tune), and is frantically played on handbells.

Especially during the final minute, watch the musicians on the left side as they ring different bells with the same hand. Given that two bells are in one hand, the bells are positioned at right angles to each other so one rings while the other doesn’t. Therefore, the player turns their wrist 90 degrees to ring the other bell (while the other is silent). The player also has two others in the other hand, and remain calm.

Meanwhile, I post this soon after a two-hour handbell rehearsal.