“Hush, now listen…”

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“Hush, now listen, that’s the sound…”

I love old Christmas songs. I love new ones too, especially ones that are written by poet / musicians like Carolyn Arends.

arends-500A year ago Arends brought out a new Christmas album, Christmas: The Story of Stories. I enjoyed it then and continue to give it lots of play time this year. On it Arends sings a few old songs, but the majority are tunes that she’s written—her own take on the Christmas characters and stories.

Her style is folk/roots. Her voice is clear and pure. Her arrangements include accompaniment by piano, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bouzouki. But it’s the clever, thoughtful, fresh, lyrical revisiting of the Christmas story that ties up the package for me.

On Wednesday she posted one of the songs from it on YouTube.  “The Sound”  begins:

Now the angels’ song has trailed away
And only earthly sounds remain
Oh, a baahing sheep, a bleating goat
And a nervous shepherd clears his throat.
And a husband asks, “Are you alright?”
As a weary mother lullabyes
And through it all … a baby cries …
Hush now, listen, that’s the sound
Of the Kingdom coming …

Listen to it (complete with all the lyrics) below:

In the week between now and Christmas day, I wish all who read here many “hush” moments as you enjoy the beauty of the season and contemplate its meaning.

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Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Diane Mayr at Random Noodling.

The (not so) secret message of Christmas

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Children posed in a Christmas tableau

Christmas tableau (from our church’s Christmas production, 2012)

The (not so) secret message of Christmas

Unto us a child is given.
O come let us adore Him!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Emmanuel; His name is called Emmanuel.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see.
O holy night!
Light and life to all He brings.
I wonder as I wander.

© 2013 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)

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The November Poem-a-day challenge  for today, Thursday the 21st, is to write a secret message poem.

Having attended my first Christmas function Wednesday night,  I have Christmas on my mind. Can you find the (not so) secret message of Christmas in the poem above, made up of lines from Christmas songs?

Poetry Friday LogoThis poem is part of Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Katya at Write. Sketch. Repeat.