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5 January 2019

Two walks – about 60 minutes total. Morningside Gardens.

Angels We Have Heard on High – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Joy to the Word – Cwmbach Male Choir
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
I Pray on Christmas – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Good King Wenceslas – The Boys of County Bucks
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Celtic Woman
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Pentatonix
People Look East – Choir of St. George’s Chapel Windsor
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Darlene Silversmith
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Harry Belafonte
Away in a Manger – Jack Gladstone
I Saw Three Ships – North Coast Men’s Chorus
Angels We Have Heard on High – Robert Mirabel
Canticle of the Turning – Royer Cooney, Gary Daigle & Theresa Donohoo

The last day for the four songs to appear. Tomorrow will be one last playlist of Christmas music, even though it is Epiphany. But the “big four” will not appear.

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4 January 2019

Walk. Morningside Gardens.

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
Christmas Myst Be Tonight – The Band
Joy to the World – Blind Boys of Alabama
Les Anges Dans Now Campagnes – Bruce Cockburn
First Noel – Celtic Woman
Silent Night – Pentatonix
O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
The Holly and the Ivy – The Roches

Again, several favorites repeat as the final days of Christmas playlists play.

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3 January 2019

Walk. Various places in New York.

Joy to the World – The Roches
Up! Good Christian Folk – Clare College Singers & Orchestra
The Holy and the Ivy – Celtic Woman
Good King Wenceslas – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Noe Nouvelet – The Buskaid Soweto String Project
The Bushes of Jeruslem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
O Holy Night – Ann Hampton Calloway & Liz Calloway
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Bruce Cockburn
Silent Night – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Away in a Manger – Celtic Woman
I Saw Three Ships – North Coast Men’s Chorus
Go Tell It on the Mountain – Pentatonix
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – Choir of St. George’s Chapel Windsor
We Three Kings – Cumberland Gap Reunion
In the Bleak Midwinger – david m. bailey

If you are comparing playlists, you will notice several songs that repeat. These are my favorite non-traditional Christmas songs and I have included them during these last few days before Christmastide ends on January 6. Starting January 7, the Christmas music will disappear.

 

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Favorite Christmas songs

Lion and lamb

Each year, there are three songs I make a point of hearing several times during the Advent and Christmas season. While they may not appear on the list of classical Christmas carols or music, they speak of the hope and possibility and peace of the season.

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon

The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne

Like the First Time It’s Christmas Time by Tommy Sands

What makes your list?

See you along the Trail.

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Tommy Sands at Christmas

Many years friends ask about favorite Christmas songs.
I name two every year.
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne
This year I add, Like the First Time It’s Christmas Time by Northern Ireland’s Tommy Sands.
It is another song that speaks of the hope and possibility and peace of the season.
See you along the Trail.

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Carrying tunes

One of my former work colleagues and friends posted the following on Facebook:

In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you. Tag ten friends including me. These shouldn’t be the critics list, but records that mean something to you. Do it fast. Don’t research it.

I don’t often do this sort of thing but I decided to give this one a try. I suspected  that because of differences in our ages and tastes, my list would be quite different from his. It was. Both lists contained amazing music.

It also proved an interesting exercise because it allowed me to consider the tunes I carry in my heart and my soul. These are the soundtrack of my life. Each recording played a role in my life. They associate with moments and experiences, transporting me back across time and space. Many smiles accompanied the process.

Here’s my list. The significance to the order is the order they occurred to me.

  • Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
  • Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
  • Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky
  • Eric Bogle – Scraps of Paper
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus
  • Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
  • Van Morrison – Saint Dominic’s Preview
  • Black 47 – Fires of Freedom
  • Carole King – Tapestry
  • Warren Zevon – The Wind

This proved far harder than I expected. Here’s a second 10 – actually 11 since I sneak in two by Brother Neil.

  • Seeds – the songs of Pete Seeger
  • Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride
  • Neil Young – Prairie Wind / Harvest
  • Arlo Guthrie – Amigo
  • The Band – Music from Big Pink
  • Bruce Cockburn – Nothing But a Burning Light
  • Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • The Temptations – Puzzle People
  • Archie Roach – Charcoal Lane
  • John McCutcheon – Live at Wolf Trap

And many, many more crossed my soul as I worked on this.

What tunes do you carry? What music would be on your list?

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Christmas songs

Two Friars and a Fool looked at “Christmas songs that are actually good” yesterday. They tend to focus on songs used in worship services. Their lists include a shout-out to the Chieftain’s version of St. Stephen’s Day Murders.

Two Christmas songs I have to hear over and again at this season are Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon and The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne. They rarely appear in worship services, but each song speaks of the radical turning-of-the-world made possible in Jesus. They speak of peace and possibility, alternatives and hope, compassion and justice. Those themes emerge as we gather each year round the manger. Jesus embodies those themes in his life. He invites his followers to live into them as well. Sometimes we do.

How about you? What Christmas songs speak to you?

See you along the Trail.

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