Last year I posted “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by this great a cappella group. This year I was looking for additional music for my 4th Christmas CD. The hand picked music that I make for my car. I stumbled upon this group again. I listened to all their wonderful music – and chose three to use. This one is my favorite. If you have never heard anything from this group, look them up – you won’t be disappointed. They are a class act.
I also suggest “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.
God Bless you on this rare day of 12-12-12. I hope all your Christmas wishes come true this season.
Last week I was listening to my Christmas CD driving home from somewhere. All of a sudden this next song came on and I was transfixed by its beauty. You know the kind of song that I mean. The one that has a hint of sadness in it. Of pulling at your heart-strings – in a good way. The pulling of emotions that only music can do – when mere words fail us. It was Michael W. Smith. This song is on his Christmas CD. It is reflective and moving. I found myself being grateful and shuffling through some wonderful memories of past things around the holiday season – some sad, some happy – some a little of both. Tears were streaming down my face and it was a little embarrassing the closer I drove to home. I wondered, “what will Greg think I’m crying about?” It was a little silly. Thankfully he was not home yet – just my pretty puppy and she did not notice anything out of the ordinary – was just glad to see me as always. I told Greg about the incident the next time we were in the car together listening to my Christmas CD. I can’t remember him ever being moved to tears by any music before, except “Lamb of God” by Michael English – but I think he understood.
We had the pleasure of hearing Michael (Smitty) in concert a few years back with a full choir and orchestra. From the first notes of his majestic Christmas music – I was moved to tears and stayed that way the entire concert. He’s just that good.
Music is the universal language and can say things that words can’t express. It sets a mood – prepares our hearts and minds – and brings a new appreciation for the gifts around us. I’m always grateful and thankful for music that stirs and moves my heart.
Enjoy and God Bless
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Greg and I had the privilege of seeing Michael W. Smith in concert last night – it was a Christmas present to each other this year.
I have followed the career of Michael since the early 80’s and found him to be authentic and unapologetic. I like that.
He is the same live as he is in video or on his many CD’s. There are not too many artists that can boast of this. I found him humble and genuine – his music classy and moving. And I found myself very emotional during some of the music he played.
He sang about loss. He said how he had lost two good friends in 2010 and wrote a song about heaven entitled ‘Welcome Home’ – and it was amazing. If you’ve ever lost anyone – this a great song for you.
He sang beautiful Christmas music – his opening number, ‘Christmastime’ was one we had listened to many years on one of his Christmas Cd’s – and to be honest – it really affected me – hearing it live. I was very weepy.
I have included a beautiful number from his ‘Christmastime’ Cd – he did not sing it last night – but it’s still one of my favorites.
Enjoy and God Bless.