Holiday Songs and Stories with Dan Knight

Dec 21, 2015

In 1990, Steinway artist, pianist, and composer Dan Knight had organized an in-house choir at the University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Knight says one song struck them as special.

"Right in the middle of this particular song, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, there was this most amazing moment. It was kind of like, all of a sudden, something just kind of took off and the choir and the piano became one and we all just kind of went somewhere else. It was transformative."

After the song, a chaplain from the hospital approached him.

"He said there was somebody on the 7th floor who had had cancer, who had been having a very, very, very, very difficult time and who was passing away but somehow they couldn't go. So right toward the end of Hark the Herald Angels Sing--'Born that man no more may die'--this person took off, they found their wings, and that was what we felt."

Dan Knight says every time he hears that song now it reminds him of a time "when the words to the song really came true."

In this hour of Talk of Iowa, listeners share their holiday memories as Dan Knight plays the tunes that remind us of the season.