Made it to Unsilent Night last night. I love attending. If you haven’t ever, I do recommend looking at the schedule and seeing if it’s happening in your town: http://unsilentnight.com/schedule.html. I see it’s in Austin on December 17th, Manhattan on the 17th as well, Montréal on the 19th, and Colorado Springs on the 16th. If you’re not familiar, the short version is that 20-plus years ago the composer Phil Kline wrote and recorded four piece of ambient music, collectively titled Unsilent Night, that are meant to be played simultaneously. He then distributed these recordings individually to people, who put them on boomboxes and walked around lower Manhattan in a kind of secular carol for the holidays. Since then it’s been repeated every year in Manhattan, and spread to many other places, about 116 different cities according to the website. We went last night.
It’s a great experience. I try to go every year, but I don’t always make it.