Saturday, March 31, 2007

Those Darned Christmas Carols

I often find myself torn between what style of music I listen to. I tend to be more of a Rock N Roll guy but find myself at times enjoying older styles of music. It is likely true for most of us to one extent or another to enjoy different styles of music. Of course, when it comes to church music we open up a can or worms. Truth is, most people simply don't like what is considered traditional church music. Or can they and just don't realize it?

I challenge that most of us, especially during this time of year are more flexible than we realize. My point is the acceptance of old Christmas tunes, which are nothing more than traditional church hymns. I have a number of friends who are not religious or practice any faith at all, some are Atheists. Yet, on this issue, I am surprised at how many Atheists and non religious friends I have who enjoy Christmas. Most, even go as far as tell me how much they enjoy Christmas Carols during the holiday season for the peaceful and loving message they give. We are all eclectic even if those tastes present something that does not always agree with us.

This Christmas, I challenge each person to listen to the words of the Christmas carols. While some were be written during a time they used language we don't understand, I challenge it is worth a little searching to discover the meaning of those songs, and the intent of their writers. Two years ago I did this for John Newton, the author of the song Amazing Grace. What I found out about his life was amazing and I can not help but think of his life when hearing Amazing Grace. I dedicated my wife's video of Amazing Grace to the memory of John Newton. I am certain we can find similar stories in the authors of the carols.

While some carols are done in a different way, with different arraignments, the words are still the same. O Come All Yea Faithful has the same intent if sung by Twisted Sister, or Johnny Cash. Their interpretation may vary but the words are consistent to praise the birth of Jesus, and the need to worship him.

While I will not be posting all of the carols on this blog, I will be posting a good number of them. Go back over the last days and weeks to find other carols on other blogs. Of course I will try to put all of the videos on one super blog in the next few days. Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the blogs and sharing them with your friends and family.

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Nsync O Holy Night

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Olivia Newton John Silent Night

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Mary Did You Know

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