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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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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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