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Straight No Chaser – Indiana Christmas

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.

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Song For The King

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

Welcome To Our World

Christmas in the post-War United States

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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.

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