The first time I sang this piece was when I was in the High School Choir. I thought it was one of the most beautiful pieces of the season ever written. It is! But my repertoire has broadened and there is so much to listen too that I might put it in my top ten at this point.
Many of the Christmas Carols that have stood the test of time have an interesting background. Do You Hear What I Hear? is no exception. It was written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a plea for peace.
It’s always been amazing to me that when our world is at its worst people put out their best. The group singing this is Home Free. If you’re not familiar with their music check them out on YouTube. They’re another of the many acapella groups that fit my need for pure musical sound.
Blessings to you and yours!
As I said in the last post, I love Christmas music. I can listen to it all year around. I often have it in the CD player in my car and sing while I drive, even though, I get some pretty strange looks from oncoming traffic.
Today we’re going to focus on some Seasonal Music that is very thought provoking. Let’s start with Would I Know My Savior? The song asks some great questions. Would I know Him at the manger, without previous knowledge of Him? The Shepherds trusted the angelic message and knew Him. The Wise Men trusted their knowledge of the stars and knew Him. Joseph trusted God and knew Him. I’m sure I would know Him, but it’s certainly worth the inner search.
Were you in your High School Choir? I remember singing Do You Hear What I Hear? for the first time in that group. It has remained among my favorites since then.
Barbara Streisand nails it … I Wonder As I Wander. This hauntingly beautiful song had an interesting story behind it. The writer, John Jacob Niles, was leaving a fundraiser when a very dirty, ragged, and unwashed girl came to the stage. She sang only one line of the song. Niles took that fragment and turned it into this thought provoking piece.
No Christmas ‘list’ would be complete without Silent Night. Add Celtic Woman to that and you have Christmas Music perfection.
Musical blessings to you and yours!
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