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Tidings of Comfort and Joy

By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

November 21, 2011

Night is falling; the frost is a cold blanket. The snow will soon soften the outlines of the world. We’ll begin to think of family celebrations and travelling and well, Christmas.

That’s what I thought of when I started to choose the songs for my Christmas album. Listening to Christmas CD’s in the car with the air conditioning on and singing along.

I read all the lyrics, researched the stories, tried to figure out what the song was saying. After listening to Christmas carols in church for decades, I realized I had stopped hearing them.

There are only carols, (songs of praise and joy, I looked that up too), not a White Christmas or a Roasting Chestnut to be found. Lots of old melodies, from Burgundy, England, the Appalachians. I changed a few of the words, slightly, to be more welcoming as that’s what I was looking for, and more division is not really required at this or any time of the year. Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Jesse, lots of angels, shepherds, and the like.

It’s not lush, it’s sparse and bare and authentic. Michael Lent played all the instruments, Tim Mulligan provided the percussion. I sang. I tried to imagine singing as if Jesus hadn’t arrived yet and he was just a promise on a dark night. Something to hope for, something to look up to. To try to anticipate that one day that small baby would give his life to save mankind, and it was less important to believe that he was the one, than that he was human and believed his future sacrifice could matter.

Hope you like it,

Merry Christmas

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