Ann Lamott, a liberal born-again Christian, has an incredible knack for capturing the feeling you get when music connects you with the people around you. Listen to this memorable story. A National Lutheran Choir hymn festival is a little like this - you come to hear a "concert" and then, suddenly and unexpectedly, you're singing out loud in front of strangers. You might know the melody but sometimes you are completely lost and, to yourself, you sound like someone in pain, moaning an approximation of a song. And then you hear it. You hear yourself as part of the audience.