Merry Christmas…a little early

AdorationoftheMagibyGentiledaFabriano1423.jpgOne of the occupational quirks of being a church musician is that we have to spend time in September and October listening to Christmas music to be prepared for choir rehearsals to start in November to be ready for December. So if you walk by my office these days, you might hear a lot of yule tide cheer pouring out.
The good thing about it is that it keeps me focused on the incarnation and the immanence of our Emmanuel. The bad thing is that by the time the Advent season rolls around, I’m already getting tired of Christmas music.
This year we’re going to sing a spiritual arranged by William Dawson called, “Mary Had A Baby” and we’re going to sing an arrangement of “O Holy Night” done by Richard Smallwood. My dad has a ton of excellent original choir songs for Christmas, but I decided not to do one this year because we did “Angel Carol” last year. Maybe I’ll do “Child of Bethlehem” with the congregation instead.
I’m also going to try pulling out a few neglected hymns this year. Here’s a few that our church doesn’t seem to have ever done:
As With Gladness Men of Old
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
What do you think?

  1. #1 by Heidi Vincent on October 9, 2008 - 11:42 am

    I can imagine Helen starting “In the Bleak Midwinter” with a dulcimer (spelling?) or Odetta bringing the choir in with a violin. I really like the verson Loreena Mckennitt does. And wow, I love the “Father’s Love Begotten” lyrics, although, I’ve never heard it.

  2. #2 by Dan on October 13, 2008 - 7:59 am

    I’ve been leading our congregation in “Thou didst Leave Thy Throne” for a number of years, and not just as a Christmas song. It’s a beauty.

  3. #3 by Neil E. Das on October 13, 2008 - 12:07 pm

    I love, love “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne” and “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” I hope you are using the traditional tunes.

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