"December 21st I was invited to Heart’s Home to celebrate Christmas with a "Jazz for Jeez" Heartwarming Party featuring jazz legend Marjorie Eliot (piano) Rudel Drears (voice) Sedric Chukrun (saxophone) and Fr. Paul Anel who presented a short film introducing Heart’s Home’s ICCC in upstate New York.
The basement was full of folks of all ages and backgrounds and the music was spectacular. I brought my two sons with me, Micah, age 6 and Martin, age 4, and they enjoyed hearing the various instruments Sedric Chukrun could play—sax, French horn, flute — and the lively spirit of the mother-son team, Majorie Eliot and Rudel Drears.
My kids also enjoyed sneaking to the back of the room to stuff cookies and marshmallows into their mouths after every three numbers!
What was particularly moving was when Fr. Paul explained the “heart” behind the music—Ms. Eliot began inviting people into her home for jazz concerts every Sunday to celebrate her other son’s passage into God’s heavenly kingdom after he passed away on a Sunday almost 19 years ago.
It’s always a surprise and a joy to meet people who welcome Christ into their hearts and homes by welcoming without reserve their fellow travelers on this human adventure. What better way to warm people’s hearts at Christmas than with spirit-filled holiday classics?"