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Well, ’tis the season and so… here are some “Christmas-y” songs which have a sense of direction.

Children Go Where I Send Thee   Tennessee Ernie Ford

I first saw this one several years ago and, while it’s a good song and Ford has a great voice, it’s his audience that will get you attention.  You wonder if Ford is thinking children, go… (or, at least, child)

Always a danger with live performance and with a group of kids!

Go Tell It on the Mountain    Peter Paul and Mary and Andrae Crouch

Christmas has a way of bringing about usual pairings (think Bing and David Bowie).  And yet, the result is often quite intriguing.  Here’s that famous folk trio matched with the master black gospel singer-songwriter.  And I rather like the combination…

O Come O Come Emmanuel     Mannheim Steamroller

Lots of going… so let’s change direction.  This is one of my Christmas favourites and, while I’ve heard many fine arrangements of the song, this one remains a favourite.  It’s to be found on the group’s 1988 album, A Fresh Aire Christmas.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas     Home Free

Now a Christmas staple, the song was first recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby as a tribute to the soldiers serving abroad during World War II.  It continues to resonate both with those unable to be home during the Christmas season and the families left incomplete because of it. This version comes courtesy of a group featured in a previous post… Home Free.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)    U2

Originally a hit for Darlene Love (and Phil Spector, the song’s producer), the 1963 song became one of her signature tunes and a regular Yuletide feature on Late Night with David Letterman.   You really should hear her version as well, but I’ve chosen another performance by the Irish band, U2 (just for a little change).

And… on a personal note (but lacking direction)…

While digging around “the stacks” at home, I came across this three-part round which I (with Jane’s assistance) wrote (a long time ago) based on Isaiah 9:6.  Feel free to sing along…

For unto us a child is born

For unto us a son is giv’n

In Bethlehem holy city of David

Promised Messiah

The Prince of Peace.

It’s also a bit of tradition that I include some seasonal family photos.  But this year, with part of the clan in Belgrade over the holidays, our gathering was held early (November 21st).  Still, we did keep a pictorial record of the event.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!



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