Well folks, I'm on the road visiting my mom and grandparents until after the holiday, but for all two of you who are checking on a daily basis, I'll be setting up automatic posts to keep the Christmas music going...
Today's offering was a natural choice, and the particular video I chose is meaningful. At this time of year, let's not forget our military men and women who are serving their country far from home... and pray that next year they'll be home for Christmas.
OK, so this isn't really a Christmas song. If you read the lyrics, though, you'll see that it is - it's about Christ and the purpose of his birth. Plus it's gorgeous, and Over the Rhine is one of the best little-known bands out there.
This song has some bittersweet memories for me... As I recall, several years ago when the song was fairly new and not overdone, Hubby-head learned it and sang it as a special at church. It was so well received that they asked him to do it again the following week, at all three of their church's morning services. And the evening service.
Yeah, he was pretty tired of it by the time that marathon was over, and figured if Mary didn't know by now, she was never going to figure it out.
Our worship director decided a few years ago she wanted to do it as a duet with him, which led to renewed joking. And a couple of months ago, a former local newscaster-turned-traveling-preacher/singer visited our church and the first song he did was this one. Susi and I just had to laugh, imagining Jason's reaction.
Still, it's a gorgeous song. I think I like the Kenny Rogers/Wynonna Judd duet version the best, but I couldn't locate a decent video of it... this one is beautiful as well.
I had to use this song - this version is just way too cool to skip. My choices for videos were the static album cover, someone's random collection of Christmas-y images, some difficult to hear-and-see live bootlegs taken from audience members, and Charlie Brown.
The interesting things you find on YouTube... This appears to be video of an old movie about the life of Jesus (perhaps the TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, the YouTube poster isn't clear) with a Sixpence None The Richer Christmas carol as the soundtrack. Odd, but it's a lovely version of the song.