I love the Advent season. It is a season of anticipation. It is also a season of Christmas music. At the Home Depot they have been playing Christmas music since Black Friday. I am about sick of it. And I couldn’t figure it out at first…I mean yeah you hear the same song every 45 minutes, by a different artist, sung completely different, and sometimes, most depressingly, in a country style, but why do I have this urge to remove my eardrums out of my head with a utility knife? And then it dawned on me: None of the songs were actually about the birth of Christ! They were all commercial Christmas music for the most part. Songs about winter and snow and lights and Christmas trees. Trite and familiar and it is supposed to make people happy. It just pushes me closer to the postal edge. I’ll give you a white Christmas in a winter wonderland… Willie Nelson sings Christmas songs? Brings shivers to my spine.
On a different note…(get it, on a different NOTE? Because music is made up of notes? And I’m talking about music…Yeah, pretty funny stuff!)
Ever since City On A Hill: Its Christmas Time came out I have been hooked. I hope you will check out the link and buy a copy of it, you will not be disappointed. It is Christmas worship pure and simple. There is one song in particular that cuts into my heart, it is an original song (new) and it is sung by Jars of Clay, but the lyrics just tear me up. It is talking about Mary: “…you gave birth to the death that would bring us to life.” Just insanely powerful. Jesus was born with one purpose: To die for our sins so that we may truly live.
The other series that I just can’t get enough of is BEC’s Happy Christmas volumes 1-4. There are many traditional songs that are sung traditionally and some that are sung with a rock edge. And some original stuff on it too. Here is my favorite song of the series by Reliant K. Click on the link to see the youtube video and hear the song.
Reliant K-I Celebrate the Day
Again, Christ came to this earth and was born to die so that one day I would pray that he would save my life. Wow. Incredible. Powerful. Simple and profound. It just makes me want to fall and worship the Christ Child and anticipate his return.
Jesus is the reason for the season.