December 8, 2010
There are two new Christmas projects that came out this year that I highly recommend. I’m using a few songs from each in our worship services at Trinity, and so far they have gone over well. Both of these projects are modern, respectful to the original rhythm and melody of the known carols, artistically beautiful, and while creative, accessible to the general population. Most importantly, they stir my heart to worship Christ at Christmas.
I discovered Future of Forestry through their Christmas music first and I was an instant fan. They released Advent Christmas Vol. 1 last year and then Vol. 2 this fall. You can tell that these guys are worshipers of the Almighty God just in they way they handle the songs that they chose to record. They aren’t just covering favorite Christmas songs, but are intensely connected to the message they play and sing. Their musicianship is fantastic, sensitive and simple at times giving the lyric the spotlight, and at other times progressive enough to make it interesting and powerful. They use just the right mix of guitars, synthesized sounds, percussion, folk and classical instruments. There are also nice touches that make it sound like Christmas, bells, strings, and other unique instruments. Lead singer, Eric Owyoung’s vocals are smooth and yet passionate, perfectly complemented by the background vocals. We’ve used The First Noel, and will use What Child is This in our worship services at Trinity. Here is an original. Enjoy!
The second album is North Point Church’s North Point Christmas project. A number of these songs were written and previously recorded by folks such as Steve Fee and Meredith Andrews, but these versions have a sweet, Christmas touch by producer Nathan Nockels. We’ve used my two favorites already at Trinity in our worship services. All Creation Sing(Joy to the World) and Angels We Have Heard on High. They both make me want to dance … so I do with my kids and wife in my home. I have yet to cut loose in church, but be assured that I’m right on the edge. May the effect of Christ’s coming cause us all to dance for joy!
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)
Cheers and Merry Christmas!