It’s no secret I grew up surrounded by music. My parents made sure we all took piano lessons. My dad played the guitar and would serenade us to sleep in the evenings. It was his way to relax after a stressful day but it was also wonderful for us. We loved to sing together. I have memories of sitting on my parents bed with my siblings as my dad tried to teach us harmony to various songs.
The Christmas season was especially music filled. My aunt sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and made sure we had the latest Christmas tapes (and later CDs) to listen to. We loved to gather around the piano and sing Christmas hymns or sprawl out on the floor and couches while my dad and when they got older, my brothers, accompanied us on the guitar.
Every Christmas Day we would go caroling at the local nursing home. My dad and brothers would bring their guitars and we would walk the halls stopping at each doorway to visit those whose families for some reason or other could not be there with them on Christmas Day. We would sing the traditional Christmas carols but we would also sing other non-traditional songs like Children Go Where I Send Thee, and Light One Candle (which is actually for Hanukkah). My dad loved Peter, Paul, and Mary and we would learn their arrangements for those songs. (All those links are youtube videos of Peter, Paul and Mary) One song in particular I can still remember because it was so sad to me, Christmas Dinner. We didn’t sing that one at the nursing home but we did sing it at home.
As a result of these memories I have a vast collection of Christmas music of all kinds. I probably have every single Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas CD. We have Christmas music from Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Celtic Women and yes, even a Peter, Paul and Mary Holiday Celebration. We also have Handel’s Messiah, Libera, King’s College and so much more. I don’t think one can ever have too much Christmas music to listen too!
One of my newest buys this year is a group that reminds me of those joyful guitar and singing days of my youth where family and friends would gather around and sing and clap and harmonize. If you aren’t used to that type of music it might seem odd to you at first but to me, it feels like home.
I’m talking about The Lower Lights Come Let Us Adore Him album. There are guitars, pianos, banjos and hand-clapping and even bells to accompany the sixteen musicians who make up the group. I just love it! My dad purchased his own copy too. We were talking about it the other day and both agreed they did a pretty good job, except when you get to “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which is the second to last song of the album you can tell they are getting tired, maybe a little worn out, from their four day recording session. You can listen to clips of the songs at the link above as well as read the stories behind the songs at The Lower Lights Blog. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite here’s a video about their recording session.
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