I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I know that makes me the odd man out, especially this time of year. Our church secretary would probably start playing Christmas music in July if she could, and she (and Dave… and many others!) usually give me a hard time for being such a “Grinch” about Christmas music.
However, this year I’ve found a Christmas album I can’t stop playing.
One of my favorite musicians, Fernando Ortega, has just released Christmas Songs. Like he does so wonderfully and so often, he has taken songs that most of us could sing our our sleep and breathed new life into them. Christmas favorites like “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” are arranged in such a way that numbing familiarity melts away and the beauty of the lyrical message comes shinning through.
Take a few moments to watch this little video, in which Fernando explains some of the stories behind the songs, his reason for doing new arrangements, and plays through a couple of the pieces. Then go to iTunes or Amazon and buy this album. I’m enjoying it so much, you might even find me listening to it in July!
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