Saturday, March 31, 2007

Christmas in a New Way with Trans Siberian Orchestra

I have to say, if there is any single thing I would really like to do in a selfish way this Christmas, it would be to take my wife to Kansas City or Oklahoma City to see this years production of A Trans Siberian Orchestra's Christmas. I love this group.

The Trans Siberian Orchestra reminds me a great deal of one of my favorite bands of all time, The Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO as many came to know them by. They have also been compared to Pink Floyd but I personally believe the ELO association is more accurate. They do an wonderful job of mixing rock guitar alongside of orchestration to bring about a wonderful blend of music and emotion. Their extravagant stage productions makes one think of the ELO days when they would do concerts on a stage that resembled a UFO. TSO likely also has the most elaborate lighting show in music today.

One of the things that impress me about Trans Siberian Orchestra is their refusal to compromise on all aspects of the music they perform. As a result, they are booked pretty much solid, everyday, from the first of November to the first of January with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On several of those days they do 2 or more concerts. The lavish stage production shows the understanding of pleasing the eye. The wonderful production show an understanding of pleasing the ear, and the wonderful recognition of the old hymns and modern adaptations show an understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.

While there is much that can be appreciated by their uncompromising Christmas Spirit, there is also much that can be learned for our own life lessons. Neither should we be willing to compromise the integrity of the message of what Christmas is all about. We need to recognize the liberty we have in finding new ways, to celebrate old themes. The themes and messages of Christmas still have relevancy, although, sometimes, we have to put old wine into new wine skins to get people to have an appreciation of what some of those old things say. I do not think I will ever forget the guy who told me he had heard this great new song called The First Noel. While hearing a new rendition of the old song, he did not realize the song was old. Trans Siberian Orchestra has shown us we as well can find new ways to let others know about old messages.

Like I said earlier, if I could have one selfish gift this year, attending their concert with my wife in Kansas City or Oklahoma City would be it. Since that isn’t likely going to happen because I don't have the $125 for tickets I have had to settle for some of the wonderful videos and songs on YouTube. I also got to tape on the DVR the Christmas Special being featured on PBS this month. My wife hadn't heard of the band, so I will assume some of you have not either. Watch the videos that follow The Virtual Pew giving and posting information and see for yourself what I am talking about. I don't think you will be disappointed. You may have heard them and did not realize it.

On a side note, be patient for the Ultimate Christmas Blog with videos. There are many videos available in the archives here and I encourage you to visit them and take a look. There are many more to go, and I am still working on the ultimate blog. I am going to take a little time off today, enjoy a little break, and do some work at the house. So they won't be up today, but I think I will have the ultimate blog up by the weekend. Right now I have over a hundred videos up linked and ready to go, and another 100+ to get ready.

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Trans Siberian Orchestra Queen of the Winter Night

Trans Siberian Orchestra Faith Noel

Trans Siberian Orchestra O Holy Night

Trans Siberian Orchestra Wizards In Winter

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Canon Rock

Trans Siberian Orchestra Tears of Snow Anime

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Lights

Trans Siberian Orchestra What is Eternal

Trans Siberian Orchestra Requiem the 5th

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve Sarajevo

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve Sarajevo Live

Trans Siberian Orchestra Promises to Keep Live

Trans Siberian Orchestra An Angel Returned Live

Trans Siberian Orchestra An Angel Shares

Trans Siberian Orchestra Good King Joy

Trans Siberian Orchestra An Angel Came Down Live

Trans Siberian Orchestra Boughs of Holly

Trans Siberian Orchestra O Fortuna Carmina Burana

Trans Siberian Orchestra Anime Wizards of Winter

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